About the Embassy

The Norwegian Ambassador's residence in Washington, D.C. The Norwegian Ambassador's residence in Washington, D.C.

Last updated: 1/5/2015 // Embassy contact information, opening hours, history and more.

History. Strong historical ties link Norway and the United States. Between 1825 and 1940, more than one-third of Norway's population emigrated to America. Allies ever since, the two nations fought together in World War II and were co-founders of both the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organizationf (NATO). Today, the Embassy in Washington is Norway's largest, with a staff of around 50, including representatives from a number of Norwegian ministries.

Contact information
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Complete list of Embassy staff

Opening hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Office hours for passport applications: Monday through Friday, 9 am - 11 am. Please call ahead to check on availability.

The Embassy will be closed on the following days:

Jan. 1, New Years Day
Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Day
Feb. 16, Presidents Day
April 3, Good Friday
May 1, Norwegian Labor Day
May 17, Norwegian Constitution Day
May 25, Memorial Day
July 3, Independence Day (observed)
Sept. 7, Labor Day
Oct. 12, Columbus Day
Nov. 26, Thanksgiving Day
Dec. 25, Christmas
Dec. 26, Boxing Day

For visa applications please contact the Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C. http://www.swedenabroad.com/en-GB/Embassies/Washington/Contact/Embassy--Consulates/

In an emergency outside of office hours, you will be redirected to the emergency call center of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo, Norway.

Residents of Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin may contact the Embassy directly regarding passports, visas and consular matters. Residents of other states should contact the Consulate General closest: Houston, New York or San Francisco. (See Honorary Consulates to see which states are covered by each Consulate General) The Honorary Consul General in Minneapolis covers Minnesota.


White House Tours: Although the White House's website may still direct foreign nationals to contact their embassies to arrange tours, at present we are not able to do so, as the State Department has not developed a system to accept our requests. In the event that the State Department develops a system for submitting requests, we will post an update. Where applicable, we suggest that you contact your members of Congress and explain the situation in hopes that they will grant you the number of tickets you need.


The Embassy is devided into several sections:

Political Section
The Political Section handles all political matters involving the U.S. and Norwegian governments, including high-level visits, political consultations, and briefings on issues of mutual interest. The section analyzes and reports on political developments in the United States, U.S. bilateral political relations with other countries, and U.S. politics on international organizations. Among the dialogue partners are the U.S. State Department, the National Security Council, and the U.S. Defense Department. Important areas are security policy, disarmament, international developments, prevention of conflict, promotion of democracy, and human rights.

The Defense Counselor is responsible for reporting on defense policy issues involving the U.S. and Norway, including armaments cooperation, export control, major procurement programs, defense related research, and technology developments.

Economic Section
The Economic Section follows developments in U.S. economic policy, trade, energy, climate change, fisheries, research and development policy and promotes Norwegian interests in these areas. The section also covers issues such as environmental policy more in general, Arctic and Antarctic affairs and agricultural policy. Other important areas are U.S. policies concerning the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Bank and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), as well as U.S. bilateral trade and economic relations with other countries, particularly the EU and China. The section also coordinates activities that promote Norwegian exports to the United States (Innovation Norway, see below). Among the staff are counselors who deal with sector issues of major importance to Norway, such as oil and energy, finance, fisheries, science and research, and development (see below).

International Development
The United States is the world's largest donor for development aid. Development is also an important part of Norwegian foreign policy, and Norway ranks high on aid per capita (2007 aid budget is approximately USD 3.5 bn). The Embassy therefore monitors international development policy in general and U.S. foreign assistance policy in particular. The Embassy works to promote and ensure close dialog and cooperation between Norway and the various parts of the U.S. Government involved in foreign assistance such as the Department of State, USAID, Treasury, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEFPAR). Special focus is given to areas of particular interest to the Norwegian Government such as aid effectiveness and harmonization, peace building, anti corruption, vaccines and immunization, HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, gender issues, environmental issues, and 'Oil for Development'. In addition, the Embassy follows Norwegian aid channelled through the Washington-based international financial institutions such as the World Bank Group and the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB).

Norway is the world`s second largest exporter of gas and a significant exporter of crude oil. The Embassy's Counselor for Energy informs U.S. energy authorities and organizations about Norway's energy policy and developments in the energy sector. The Counselor also provides information to the Norwegian authorities and the Norwegian petroleum industry on U.S. energy policies.

The Counselor for Fisheries reports on fisheries issues in the United States and Canada, as well as working to enhance and improve the overall co-operation between Norway and the United States, as well as Canada, on the fisheries sector. The Counselor also takes part in negotiations and meetings in the United Nations’ Headquarter when fisheries issues are put on the table.

The Counselor for Science reports on research and research policies throughout the United States and Canada, and works to enhance cooperative research and development between Norway and North America. The Counselor also provides Americans with information about research and research policy in Norway.

Communications Department
The Communications Department promotes a wide range of Norwegian and Nordic cultural events including concerts, exhibitions, lectures, festivals, and films. The department stays in contact with Norwegian and American media, Congressional offices, and research and cultural institutions. Communications staff members provide information; assist with arranging speakers; and distribute and loan books, posters, photographs, and art for use in exhibitions. The office publishes News of Norway quarterly, covering Norwegian politics, economy, and culture, while highlighting Norwegian-American news and features. The magazine is offered free of charge to subscribers in the U.S. and Canada. It also includes calendars of Norwegian cultural events in the United States. The department is responsible for www.norway.org, the official Norwegian website for the U.S. The Communications Department works with various Norwegian-American groups on organizing cultural events and festivals throughout the year.

Office of the Defense Attaché
The Defense Attaché covers U.S. and Canadian defense issues of interest to Norway. The Defense Attaché also keeps the U.S. and Canadian defense authorities updated on Norwegian defense matters and policies. The office assists Norwegian military procurement agencies with materials and training procurement, amounting to approximately $2.6 billion. The Norwegian Department of Defense currently has about 180 Foreign Military Sales (FMS) projects with the U.S. Government.

Fax: (202) 469-3995        
E-mail: faw@mfa.no
Information for Norwegian personnel serving in the US (in Norwegian)

Administrative and Consular Services Section
The section works closely with the three Norwegian Consulates General in the United States. These Consulates General, each headed by a Consul General, supervise Honorary Consuls around the country. The section also has administrative responsibilities pertaining to Embassy personnel and buildings.

Innovation Norway
Innovation Norway promotes nationwide industrial development profitable to both the business economy and Norways national economy, and helps release the potential of different districts and regions by contributing towards innovation, internationalisation and promotion. Innovation Norway also promotes tourism to Norway.

Innovation Norway
Royal Norwegian Embassy
2720 34th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
Phone: (202) 333-6000
Fax: (202) 469-3990
E-mail: washington@innovationnorway.no
Web: www.innovationnorway.no/usa

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Did You Know?

Norway established its first embassy in Washington, D.C., on October 31, 1905.