About NGU

NGU has 200 employees and a head office in Trondheim, Norway. Photo: NGU - Geir Mogen
NGU is Norway’s national geological survey. We map Norway's geology, and disseminate and present data in order to meet society’s needs for basic geological knowledge. NGU is an agency under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries. Our mission and activities are designed to promote added value and sustainable economic growth. NGU's headquarters are in Trondheim, and our 200 employees form a highly international work environment. Research is an integral part of NGU's services and activity, and a prerequisite for performing geological mapping, that complies to international standards, on Norway's behalf.

See a short video for a summary of what we do.  



In 2020, NGU had an annual budget of 266 million NOK, which includes a 196 million state grant from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries. The remainder was derived externally through cost-sharing partnerships and contractual agreements.

As a government agency, NGU follows the Ethical Guidelines of Public Service.