International affairs

International cooperation – a tool for achieving goals, building alliances and securing project funding.

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Our society is increasingly influenced by international processes such as globalization, climate change and changing demography. When planning to meet the future challenges of the county, international cooperation is increasingly important.

The county uses international cooperation as a tool for achieving the objectives of the county master plan, fostering economic growth, improving living conditions, public health and environmental protection.

To meet the challenges facing Østfold and the targets set forth in the county master plan, we work to influence international and national decision-making processes, build   alliances, share experiences and knowledge, promote the county and seek international funding for our projects.


  • Cooperate with local and regional Norwegian and foreign partners
  • Use international funding
  • Bring our youth to the international arenas
  • Focus on concrete outputs
  • Support our partners

Thematical focus areas

  • Infrastructure
  • Youth entrepreneurship
  • Culture
  • Climate challenges and energy
  • Reduce drop-out from schools
  • Place development
  • Public health
  • Creative business

How we work

In order to work internationally we participate in different European organizations, we use the European funds like Interreg and the EU-programs, we try to combine international, national, regional and local projects and initiatives and we find the European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels an important meeting place.

Organizations where Østfold County Council participate



Thomas André Hansen
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