We work to safeguard and build financial wealth for future generations
About the fund
The aim of the oil fund is to ensure responsible and long-term management of revenue from Norway’s oil and gas resources in the North Sea so that this wealth benefits both current and future generations. The fund’s formal name is the Government Pension Fund Global.
The fund has a small stake in more than 9,000 companies worldwide, including the likes of Apple, Nestlé, Microsoft and Samsung. On average, the fund holds 1.4 percent of all of the world’s listed companies.
The Norwegian oil fund is one of the world's largest funds. Investments are spread across most markets, countries and currencies to achieve broad exposure to global growth and value creation, and ensure good risk diversification.
Most of the fund is invested in equities, which are ownership interests in companies. Another part is invested in bonds, which are a type of loan to governments and companies, and a final slice is invested in real estate.
The oil fund exists to help finance the Norwegian welfare state for future generations. The future value of the fund is dependent on sustainable growth, well-functioning markets and value creation at the companies we invest in.
All of the fund’s investment decisions are based on in-depth research and analysis. We believe that the fund will benefit in the long term from close links with the research world. We help academic institutions to attract international researchers, reward outstanding research contributions, issue grants to students for doctoral studies in financial economics, and provide long-term incentives to promote high-quality financial research.