Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Ragna Marie Fjeld.Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Ragna Marie Fjeld.

“The fight for strengthening human rights is the common thread in everything Norway commits to internationally,” said Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Human rights are under pressure internationally. Norway will therefore step up its efforts to promote and protect human rights.

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With four awards, the international TV success "New Scandinavian Cooking" with Norwegian chef Andreas Viestad won big at the annual Taste Awards in Hollywood this month. The series won prizes for Best Chef, Best Food Travel Series and Best International Program. Longtime franchise director Jan-Erik Lustig won the Craft award as best director.

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Photo: Marta Haga

Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi received the Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Oslo today, Dec. 10.

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Photo: Georgetown University

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Norway’s Minister of Defense Ine Eriksen Søreide spoke at "Smart Power: Security Through Inclusive Leadership" at Georgetown University on Wednesday, Dec. 3.

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Eliot-Hine 6th graders meet Ambassador Aas and Mr. and Mrs. Santa. 
Photo: Urd Milbury.

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar lit the Norwegian Christmas tree at Union Station on December 1st. The tree features polar bear decorations to highlight the importance of the Arctic and will be on display until January 5th.

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Trio Mediaeval is (from left) Berit Opheim, Anna Maria Friman and Linn Andrea Fulgseth.

Tired of the usual Christmas Season music? Norwegian Trio Mediaeval's new album is worth a try with their "new old music" for the holiday season. "Trio Mediaeval are three Scandinaian women whose singing produces a sound of extraordinary and consoling beauty", says the Boston Globe.

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Photo: Royal Norwegian Embassy.

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

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Volume II of the award winning magazine Norway Today is now available as digimag and Ipad app! Norway Today - a magazine about contemporary Norwegian culture, society, economy and public policy, is available both as a free app and as a Digimag, which can be read online on all platforms. The publication is great for anyone wanting to learn more about contemporary Norway.

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According to the study, Norwegians are perceived as hard-working, honest and skilful. Photo: Tore Nedrebø (Lyngør, Norway).

Norway’s international image and reputation are “strong and stable,” according to a recent survey. Anholt-GfK’s Nation Brands Index ranks Norway 13th out of 50 countries that have global influence.

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Crumbling Arctic Ice. 
Photo: ©Randall Hyman.

The Embassy is launching a monthly series focusing on the Arctic. Each month, we will showcase an American journalist, writer, photographer, explorer or artist whose work features the Arctic. Through their art we intend to present a broad and varied picture of the changing Arctic -- the people, the nature, the biodiversity, climate change, the oceans and the marine environment. During the month...

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