Norway and the United States - Long Term Friendship
Last updated: 12/19/2013 //
Norway is represented in the United States by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Washington, D.C.; Consulates General in Houston, New York and San Francisco; Honorary Consulates General in Minneapolis, Chicago and Miami; and 36 Honorary Consulates in various states.
The Royal Norwegian Embassy is headed by Ambassador Kåre Aas. The Embassy’s work includes political consultations, hosting of visits from Norwegian and foreign representatives, and monitoring American domestic and international affairs. The Embassy constantly aims to strengthen bilateral cooperation and promote Norwegian interests within a wide range of areas including energy, defense, human rights and culture. The Embassy assists with consular services for Norwegians abroad and seeks to maintain a good Norwegian reputation in the United States.
The Consulates General and the Honorary Consulate General handle consular matters for Norwegians abroad, assist foreigners applying for Norwegian visas and work with Norwegian businesses in the United States. The Consulate General in New York is especially interested in promoting Norwegian culture and other cultural ties between Norway and the United States. The Consulate General in San Francisco works closely with California’s Silicon Valley and the nearby innovation industry, while also reporting and arranging political visits from Norway. The work done by the Consulate General in Houston is mostly centered on oil, gas and shipping, in addition to other hosting and reporting activities.