The Unique Ecosystems of the Lofoten Islands Is Saved: Norway Decides to Put Nature Before Oil


On April 6, 2019 the Norwegian government has made history when the Labour Party voted against new explorations in the Norwegian Arctic. 

1 to 3 billion barrels of crude oil and natural gas are sacrificed for the richest marine ecosystem in the world. Norwegians are proud and protective of the region. The Arctic waters of the Lofoten, Vesteralen and Senja islands are untouched by extraction activities.

The stunning landscapes and their waters support the planet’s largest cold water reef and attract the largest populations of cetaceans in the world. The snow-capped Precipitous Mountains of the Lofoten region give shelter to a largest nesting areas for sea birds. 

The Labour Party has always been a supporter of the oil and gas industry and the decision to support the development of other activities in these marine areas represents a shift for the better future of the country.


The Lofoten Islands are protected from oil drilling since 2001 and every time one ban expired a new one was issued. The #OilFreeLofoten was launched by NGO Sea Legacy with the mission in mind to protect the area permanently. About 50,000 people signed the petition to keep fuels out of the archipelago. 

Thirty years ago, this was an ecosystem in crisis and today, Lofoten is one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world. One of the most beautiful places on Earth is saved and it is great news for the whole planet.

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