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

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The official development aid figures for 2015 have now been prepared. These are the top ten recipient countries of Norwegian development aid in 2015.

‘Norway has reinforced its position as one of the world’s leading development aid donors,’ says Norad director Jon Lomøy. The official development aid figures for 2015 have now been prepared. Read more

The Last KIng

Filmfest DC is celebrating its 30th anniversary from April 14-24. As the largest and only international film festival in the nation’s capital, this year’s festival will bring 75 films from 45 countries to show on 6 screens across 11 days during 1 exciting festival! Read more

(Washington, D.C., April 1, 2016) Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg announced during the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C. a Norwegian initiative to reduce the use of highly enriched uranium for civilian purposes. Reducing civilian application of uranium will limit the risk of the material falling into the hands of terrorist groups. Read more

"Norway and the U.S. have a long history of cooperating on nuclear nonproliferation. The memorandum of understanding we have now signed in the margins of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C. will in practice strengthen ongoing Norwegian efforts to assist Ukraine in securing its radioactive material and preventing it from falling into the wrong hands," said Norwegian Prime Minister Er... Read more

DECORAH, Iowa — Knitters will always continue to make great sweaters, but artists like Kari Steihaug, from Oslo, Norway, are showing that knitting isn't just a functional handcraft any more. Steihaug uses knitting craft techniques to create a wide variety of fascinating artwork. She is sharing her ideas in “Wardrobe Writings,” a free presentation about her work, on Saturday, April 16, at 7:00... Read more

Photo: Vesterheim Museum.

Kubb means log in Norwegian, and stol means chair. A kubbestol is a cylindrical chair made from the trunk of a tree. The upper half is cut and hollowed to form the backrest and the lower half is hollowed and topped with a seat. Read more

Concerto - A Beethoven Journey

"Concerto – A Beethoven Journey" is an extraordinary new film following Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes as he travels on a four year journey to perform and record the five Beethoven Concertos, whilst exploring Ludwig Beethoven’s life as revealed by these masterpieces. Read more

Join best-selling author Neal Bascomb at the International Spy Museum in DC as he shares highlights from his extensively researched new book, The Winter Fortress, about the daring and successful commando raid on Vemork. Read more

Nothing of Me

Akvavit Theatre presents the U.S. premiere of “Nothing of Me” by Norwegian playwright Arne Lygre. Read more

Prime Minister Erna Solberg has been invited to attend a U.S.-Nordic Leaders summit, to be hosted by President Obama at the White House May 13, 2016. The summit will be an arena for discussing issues regarding transatlantic security, migration, climate changes, the Arctic, trade, global health and education. Read more

Prime Minister Brende and Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide visited the Malian capital, Bamako. 
Photo: Norwegian Ministry of Defense.

Norway is increasing its humanitarian assistance to the Sahel to NOK 70 million in 2016. ‘The humanitarian situation in the Sahel region is dire. Food and nutrition crises, armed conflicts, climate change and rapid population growth are all taking their toll,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende, who visited Mali March 17. Read more

Photo: Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum.

DECORAH, Iowa — Support Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, and enjoy Norwegian heritage at the Nordic Celebration and Marketplace on Saturday, April 9, 2016, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Read more

Studio Theatre in Washington DC will perform Hedda Gabler, written by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, in a new version by Mark O’Rowe and directed by Matt Torney. Read more


South by Southwest (SXSW) is an interactive music, arts, comedy and film festival that takes place in Austin Texas March 11- March 20 2016. Read more

Norway's ratification of the 1996 Hague Convention will strengthen co-operation with other states in cross-border parental disputes and child welfare cases. The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs is designated as Central Authority for the Convention in Norway. The Convention will enter into force 1 July 2016. Read more

Press release | Published: 2016-03-03 | ‘Norway supports the unanimous adoption by the UN Security Council today of a resolution to impose tighter measures against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in response to its recent nuclear test and rocket launch,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

Photo: Urd Milbury.

The popular East Coast seafood restaurant chain Legal Sea Foods is serving up a rare Norwegian treat during the month of March: skrei. Only the best migrating Norwegian cod are classified as skrei. Don't miss a rare opportunity to try this world class delicacy locally. This fish is only available when it migrates up the clear, cold waters of Northern Norway, from January to April every year. Read more

The Wave. 
Photo: Magnolia Pictures.

The Norwegian movie “The Wave” directed by Roar Uthag, is in wide release in U.S. theaters. Read more

Foreign Minister Børge Brende and Minister of Oil and Energy Tord Lien. 
Photo: Government of Norway.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende and Minister of Oil and Energy Tord Lien both visited the United States this week. Read more

Laureli Ivanoff, Katiya Simonsson and Ben Matheson

Three young Alaskans – Laureli Ivanoff, Katiya Simonsson, and Ben Matheson (photo) – recently travelled to Tromsø, upon invitation from the Norwegian Embassy in Washington D.C. They were the winners of the Embassy’s #MeettheArctic short film competition. Read more