The Norwegian Intelligence Service

The Norwegian Intelligence Service is Norway's only foreign intelligence service. NIS collects information about situations and conditions outside the nation's borders. The purpose of intelligence services is to help provide Norwegian authorities with a solid foundation on which to make decisions in matters that concern foreign, security, and defence policies.

The primary tasks assigned to the NIS are conferred by statute in Section 3 of the Intelligence Service Act, which states that the service shall procure, process and analyze information regarding Norwegian interests viewed in relation to foreign states, organizations or private individuals, and in this context prepares threat analyzes and intelligence assessments to the extent that this may help to safeguard important national interests, including design of Norwegian foreign, defence, and security policy, contingency planning and correct handling of episodes and crises, long-term planning and structural development of the Norwegian Defence Establishment efficiency of the operational departments of the Norwegian Defence Establishment
  • support for defence alliances in which Norway participates,
  • Norwegian forces that participate in international operations,
  • procurement of information concerning international terrorism,
  • procurement of information concerning supranational environmental problems,
  • procurement of information concerning different forms of proliferation of weapons of mass
  • destruction and equipment and materials needed to produce such weapons, and
  • the basis for Norwegian participation in and follow-up of international agreements on
    • disarmament and arms control measures.