Democratization in Norway

Based on numerous democracy indexes from the last decade, Norway is one of the most solid democracies worldwide. In this regard, Norway holds an important and crucial position regarding cooperation for democratic development. However, it is important to remember that democracy is a process and not a status. All democracies will always encounter change and challenges, including Norway.

Through the last years, the world has experienced several trends that affect democracy, such as digitalization and climate change. Digitalization has granted several opportunities for the democratic space but also threats to its state and resilience. To have the ability to face these challenges, it is fundamental to put these topics on the agenda so we can learn, adapt and grow. We at the Oslo Center wish to bring awareness and attention to the democratic challenges digitalization and environment bring to the Norwegian agenda. As one of the most stable democratic countries in the world, we carry the responsibility to keep developing and strengthening our own democratic practices through partnerships, research and, policy dialogue.

Norway is also in a good position to provide support to other places in the world to assist with democratic backsliding. As part of our work, the Oslo Centerseeks to encourage debate and action for democracy support internationally by contributing to Norway’s commitment to the UN’s sustainable goals, particularly goal 16 which addresses– peace, justice, and strong institutions. The opportunities for cooperation on democracy support within political institutions and political processes are abundant. We at the Oslo Center aim to engage more debates and create avenues for Norway to partake in international collaboration to strengthen democratic practices.

Areas of engagement

• Democratic Digitalization

• Nordic Democratic Collaboration

• Green Democracies

• Nordic Model

Norway

On November 26, the Oslo Center’s Executive Director, Karolina Olofsson, participated as one of the keynote speakers in the event “Battling Barriers to Sustainable Change” in the Nordic Circular Summit 2021! The conversation focused on identifying the barriers and drivers for change and take a closer look at policies, power relations, government regulations, linear models, capitalism, and comfort to find opportunities and inspire the work of building a sustainable future. Read more
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