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

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DECORAH, Iowa—Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, invites artists working in Norwegian folk art to enter their pieces in the museum’s annual “National Exhibition of Folk Art in the Norwegian Tradition.” This exhibition of original woodworking, knifemaking, rosemaling, and weaving by contemporary American artists working in the Norwegian tradition is sponsored... Read more

On April 30th, Washington DC will be the global host city of International Jazz Day. There will be a multitude of jazz performances across the U.S. Capital, as well as the rest of the world. Read more

“Can the strong Nordic democracies make a difference as Western democracies see their values being threatened from the outside and from within, including a resurgent Russia, the migration crisis and the rise of populism?” Read more

The Goliat oil field in the Barents Sea was officially opened by Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Mr Tord Lien, on Monday April 18, 2016. Read more

The plique-à-jour technique uses thin silver thread to make floral and geometric designs, which are filled with translucent enamel. With origins in France and Russia, this technique became popular in Norway in the late 19th century. Read more

We all want the same thing – to ensure that all children grow up in a secure environment free from violence. Yet, explaining child protection measures can be tricky. Read more

'Syria's neighbouring countries are shouldering a heavy burden and are facing major challenges. Norway will therefore contribute USD 10 million to a new financing initiative for Lebanon and Jordan,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

Foreign Minister Børge Brende and Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, Åslaug Marie Haga

On Thursday April 14, Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende and Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, Åslaug Marie Haga, signed an agreement securing support for the final phase of a 10-year project aimed at securing global crop diversity. Read more

Thomas Circle Singers

Norwegian choral composer Ola Gjeilo will host a workshop in Washington DC, May 21 at the National City Christian Church. Read more

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

Kubbestol. 
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