With its vast sea areas, numerous islands, long and winding fjords, and majestic mountains, Norway is a complex country to defend. Without a military defence, others could easily put political and military pressure on us. The Norwegian Armed Forces ensure that no one challenges our borders, our democracy, or our values. Our job is to keep Norway and our people safe.
Securing our country is a big task for the armed forces to solve alone. That is why we work closely together with the Norwegian civil society, and why we are a member of NATO. Norwegian troops are always ready to support NATO, ensuring that the world's strongest military alliance is ready to support Norway if necessary.
However, state-of-the-art equipment and well-trained soldiers are not enough. We need good values, clever minds, and people who take care of themselves and others. People who handle difficult choices and ethical dilemmas. It is our job to protect Norwegian values. That means that we, too, must live by these values.