There was standing room only as the international community gathered for insights on the ways the use of social media within foreign policy is evolving. Norwegian Ambassador Kåre Aas delivered his keynote speech on Norway’s public diplomacy and nation branding efforts through the use of social media. The Digital Diplomacy event was organized by Diplomacy Matters Institute in Washington, D.C., a...

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Filmfest DC (16.-26. April): When Norwegian scientist Marie attends a seminar in Paris on the actual weight of a kilo, it is her own measurement of disappointment, grief and, not least, love, that ends up on the scale. As Variety Chief Film Critic Justin Chang so bravely declared, 1001 Grams is "worth the weight."

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Acclaimed Norwegian solar physicist Pål Brekke has captured the fascinating phenomena of the northern nights in a new documentary, The Northern Lights: A Magic Experience, which screens on Thursday, May 14, at the Smithsonian museum in Washington D.C. (Note: the screening is now sold out, but a wait list is available.)

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Filmfest DC (16.-26. April): Introverted and hard-working snow plow driver Nils has just been named Citizen of The Year, when he receives news that his son has died of a heroin overdose. Disbelieving the official report, Nils soon uncovers evidence of the young man's murder - a victim in a turf war between the local crime boss, known as "The Count", and his Serbian rivals. Armed with heavy...

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Filmfest DC (16.-26. April): Dukthar is a Pakistani drama-thriller film, financed by Norway, about a mother and her ten-year-old daughter who leave their home to save the girl from an arranged marriage to a tribal leader. The film is Afia Nathaniel's feature directorial debut. She also wrote and produced the film.

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“The main objective of Norwegian foreign policy is to safeguard and promote Norway’s interests – our values, our security and our welfare. The more serious the threats we are facing, the more important it becomes to set clear priorities and focus our efforts on the key tasks of foreign policy,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende’s in his foreign policy address to the Storting, March ...

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"A Norwegian research vessel has locked itself in the shrinking ice cap to gather data needed to predict the cap's future—and that of the planet" writes National Geographic News. In January, the Norwegian Polar Institute’s research vessel, Lance, was frozen into the Arctic Ocean with climate researchers from many countries on board. Expectations are high that the project will generate important...

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Photo: Photo by Sølve Sundsbø.

His Majesty King Harald V of Norway will visit Washington State and Alaska, May 22-27, 2015. Updated April 9: Accreditation and practical information on hotel bookings for the press appears at the end of this article.

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Ambassador Kåre R. Aas presented his credentials to President Obama at the White House on Sept. 17, 2013.

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The Norwegians, a dark comedy set in Minnesota, premieres in Washington D.C. in mid-March. Artistic Director of Scena Theater, Robert McNamara, is eager to present this play by rising female playwright C. Denby Swanson to D.C. audiences for the first time. The show premiered in New York in 2013 and had an off-Broadway run at The Drilling Company Theatre in 2014.

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What are the next steps in manned space flight? When will humans finally set foot on Mars? Which country will be the first to get there?

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