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

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Judge Thomas Buergenthal with Nansen`s daughter, Marit Greve.

Judge Thomas Buergenthal, then 10 years old, met Odd Nansen near the end of World War II. It was a meeting that would later save his life. Read more

This satellitestation at Svalbard, Norway, is a part of the current cooperation. It is run by Kongsberg Satellite Services.

Norway and the United States will sign an extension of their agreement for ten more years this week. This means that the two countries continue working together in outer space. Read more

Ketil Jansen (to the left) and Ulrik Denizou from the band Lemaitre.

The Norwegian band Lemaitre starts to make a name for themselves in the American music industry. Now the band are ready for their first tour as headliners. Read more

Norwegian artist Aurora Aksnes is ready for tour in the US. . 
Photo: Petroleum Records/Knut Åserud.

Norwegian artist Aurora Aksnes starts on her biggest tour of Europe and North America so far. She will promote her music extensively on the international arena, with 5 upcoming concerts on the east coast in November. Read more

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at the Global Demining Initiative for the Colombia Ministerial at the Palace Hotel, in New York City, New York on September 18, 2016. . 
Photo: [State Department Photo/Public Domain].

"The Kingdom of Norway and the United States of America recognize the critical importance of clearing the landmines and unexploded ordnance that killed or injured more than 11,000 Colombians over the past 25 years and left Colombia one of the most landmine-affected countries in the world," according to a joint statement issued by the two countries on Sun. Sept. 18, 2016. Read more

World leaders are meeting in New York for the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, which will open with a week of high-level meetings beginning on 19 September. ‘The UN General Assembly is a unique arena. I look forward to promoting international cooperation and Norway’s interests at the world’s largest meeting place,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Read more

DECORAH, Iowa — For a half century, the Folk Art School at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum has been sharing the artistry and skills of Scandinavian folk art with all of those who love making things with their hands. Now Vesterheim is celebrating that golden anniversary with the special exhibition, “50 Years of Folk Art,” on view September 3, 2016 through April 23, 2017. Read more

(Oslo, Sept. 6, 2016) Nine pioneering scientists, representing four countries, are the recipients of this year's Kavli Prizes, which recognize scientists for their seminal advances in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience, and include a cash award of $1 million in each field. The prizes were handed out in Oslo by Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Read more

Impressed by the painted decoration on Native American Acoma Pueblo pottery, Miles Lund, Boise, Idaho, used chip carving based on straight intersecting lines to recreate the effect on this turned wooden bowl. Lund was born in Wisconsin and had Norwegian grandparents. He carved this bowl in 1991 for Vesterheim’s annual National Exhibition of Folk Art in the Norwegian Tradition. This judged... Read more

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