Norwegian Embassy in Washington, D.C. - News & Events

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Norwegian director Erik Skjoldbjærg’s Pyromaniac (Pyromanen), which was domestically released this spring, will have its international premiere in the Contemporary World Cinema selection at the Toronto International Film Festival, which runs Sept. 8-18. Read more

Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende (file photo)

‘Serious atrocities are being committed against the civilian population in Aleppo. The conflicting parties need to respect humanitarian law and comply with the United Nations’ appeal for a pause in hostilities. Norway supports the humanitarian actors in Aleppo and the surrounding regions. If access is now granted, Norway will increase this support,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

A grant from The American-Scandinavian Foundation’s Andrew E. and G. Norman Wigeland Fund was given to Vesterheim to help cover the costs of bringing Norwegian instructors Britt Solheim and Turid Helle Fatland to teach at Vesterheim’s Folk Art School.

DECORAH, Iowa — Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF). The $2,250 award from ASF’s Andrew E. and G. Norman Wigeland Fund was given to help cover the costs of bringing Norwegian instructors Britt Solheim and Turid Helle Fatland to teach at Vesterheim’s Folk Art... Read more

Photo: (c) Peder Jacobsson.

Update (July 25, 2016) Thanks to roughly $68,000 in donations from Norwegian Americans and tall ship enthusiasts, the Draken Harald Hårfagre Viking ship sailed from Minneapolis to Chicago. Additional funds will be required to continue the journey. Read more

‘Norway condemns the terrorist attack in Nice in the strongest possible terms. Once again, France has been hit by a terrorist attack. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of France and the rest of the world in the war on terror. We will never let terrorists destroy our democratic values and freedom,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

In observation of Independence Day, the Embassy will be closed Monday, July 4. We will reopen as usual on July 5. Read more

The National Building Museum will create a new, one-of-a-kind destination this summer when it unveils ICEBERGS, designed by James Corner Field Operations. Representing a beautiful, underwater world of glacial ice fields spanning the Museum’s enormous Great Hall, the immersive installation will emphasize current themes of landscape representation, geometry, and construction. ICEBERGS will be ope... Read more

‘I am very pleased that the parties to the conflict have now reached agreement on the key issue in the negotiations: laying down of arms and a definitive bilateral ceasefire and end of hostilities. After nearly four years of tough negotiations, we are now finally approaching an end to this conflict,’ Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende said. Read more

From the American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF): The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for our Fellowships and Grants program for the 2017/18 academic year. We appreciate you notifying qualified candidates about our program. Read more

Photo: Photo: Ken Opprann.

June 17, 2016 | It’s been a busy time in Oslo, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visiting and attending two major international conferences. Following is a brief summary of what’s been happening in the Norwegian capital. Read more

The Norwegian Government today presented a white paper to Parliament describing the Long Term Plan for the Norwegian Armed Forces for the years 2017-2020. The Government recommends a gradual increase in the defence budget over the course of the coming four years to a 2020-level NOK 7.2 billion above 2016-levels, and that over the coming 20 years will see an accumulated total of NOK 165 billion ... Read more

Norway will host the sixth World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Oslo 21-23 June 2016. The Congress will attract 1300 participants from over 80 countries, including ministers, parliamentarians, academics, lawyers, and members of civil society. Read more

Photo: MFA.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in Oslo on June 15, 2016. Following are some the highlights of their discussion. Read more

A new exhibition from the Fram Museum, in cooperation with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Read more

Ambassador Kåre R. Aas and Assistant Secretary Thomas M. Countryman sign the U.S.-Norway 123 Agreement at the State Department.

On June 13, 2016, President Obama submitted to Congress for its review an Agreement for Cooperation between the Government of the United States of America and the Kingdom of Norway Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy. Read more

The Honorable Barack Obama President of the United States of America The White House Washington D.C.  Dear Mr. President, I was shocked and saddened on hearing the news about the tragic shooting attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in the early hours of Sunday morning, resulting in the loss of so many innocent lives. On behalf of myself and the Norwegian people I extend my... Read more

Norwegian singer-songwriter Jenny Hval is set to tour the US in the fall of 2016. Read more

Herbjørn Gausta, "Grace Before the Meal (Bordbønnen)," ca. 1880-89. Oil on canvas, 20.5 x 28.5 inches. | This poignant scene of a Norwegian home interior shows a mother and four children seated before a meal of grøt, kjøttkaker, and flatbrød. The father's chair is empty, and there has been speculation that it refers to a father who has gone to America while the family waits for him to send fund... Read more

DECORAH, Iowa — Get ready for a fantastic show when Harald Haugaard, from Denmark, and Antti Järvelä, from Finland, play at Vesterheim, the national Norweigan-American museum and heritage center! Read more

The Research Council of Norway has pledged 160 million NOK for the establishment of eight new research centers that will work on sustainable energy production. The project has an overall budget of 1.3 billion NOK, to be distributed over eight years. Read more