On 1 August 2007, a new general Culture Act entered into force in Norway. The Culture Act is simple and contains no detailed regulations of financing, priorities or organisation of the field of culture for the state, counties and municipalities. The Act leaves room for local autonomy. At the same time, the Act aims to ensure that the counties and municipalities provide economic and organisational measures that promote a broad spectrum of cultural activities at the local and regional level. The Culture Act also aims at facilitating a national culture policy in a more globalised world.
Table 2: List of the existing cultural legislation