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How to remain a lykkeland?

NRK tv-series "Lykkeland" has reminded us of how Norway took the chances that oil discoveries in the north Sea gave us. Now it has created new sustainable industries and new jobs. We must once again take the opportunities that technology, knowledge and research gives us.

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The spectacular series has told the story of how Norway became a major power in the oil and gas production. We are taken back to Stavanger at the end of the 1960s. The oil companies are on the way to give up to find oil on the Norwegian continental shelf. Then flip your luck. The u.s. company Phillips Petroleum makes the first commercial discovery of oil. "Lykkeland" paints a fascinating portrait of a key period in modern Norwegian history. But it tells not only about a time that has been. The series also says something important about the time we stand in front of.

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Norway faced with a situation that is reminiscent of the Stavanger was in before the oil. It was a city that needed a business with several legs to stand on. Now, Norway is a green switch and the new industries which can take over when oil and gassaktiviteten goes down.

No one knows for sure what is going to be the new and important industries for Norway, but we know that we need to be prepared when opportunities come. And the opportunities need to be sustainable. We have joined us to Parisavtalen and the Un bærekraftsmål. It is the agreements and goals we need to keep.

On klimamøtet in Poland was the world recently agreed on common rules for how countries should conduct Parisavtalen. 1,5-gradersrapporten from the Un intergovernmental panel on climate change shows how serious the situation is and that we are busy. Therefore, betting the government heavily in research and innovation. Through a teknologiløft, new initiatives to get more research and development in the business sector and even better quality in the higher education arm us for the future.

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Fast technological development and globalization have changed our daily lives. It provides challenges but also opportunities. Technological changes such as the use of artificial intelligence, 3D printing and sensor technology may lead to the production of goods and services here at home can compete with low-cost countries.

Used properly it can give us a green industry and more knowledge-based jobs throughout the country. For it is to find good, sustainable solutions to the great challenge of our time, can also be very profitable financially. The united nations Global Compact has estimated that the market for solutions to the Un bærekraftsmål amounts to about 100 trillion Norwegian kroner for the private sector. It is an absolutely amazing total. Its oil wealth is, for example, "only" worth almost 8.5 trillion dollars. Here there are great challenges and great opportunities.

to ensure that we use technology to give us a richer and better life, we need to research more and be more innovative. Today, we use about two per cent of gross domestic product on research and development. It is too small. We want to increase it to three percent by 2030, and growth must come in the enterprises. Therefore, we are investing in measures to help businesses to see the value of to concentrate more on research and development.

The technology capabilities that we need education that gives us the students who can use technology, think critically about it and develop it further. Graduates with the research-based knowledge from the universities and colleges straight into in the ministry of industry and the workplace. They contribute with new approaches. It we need. Therefore, it should be wagered on the even better education that responds to the needs of the labour market today and in the future.

- the Grandchildren will not forgive us

What can we learn of "Lykkeland"? The series shows us a city and a country that took the possibilities of the oil brought with it. Surely, it was a stroke of luck that we found oil. But how we have handled oljerikdommen and built up high-tech industries around the country is not luck. With sensible policies we secured ownership of the seabed. With the help of skilled skilled workers and engineers, we managed to get the oil up and build an industry around the country. And maybe most importantly: We have made sure that the oil revenues are going all to the good.

Just like "Lykkeland" shows us how Norway took the opportunities in the age of oil, we must again focus on the opportunities that new technology, knowledge, and research provides to create a sustainable society. There are few countries that have a better starting point than us. We have very skilled workers and a highly educated population. We have a well-functioning democracy and a strong rule of law. We have an economy, most can envy us. By focusing on the knowledge, expertise and research we have the opportunity to continue to be a lykkeland.

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