Ambassador Braithwaite Commemorates World War II Mission in Norway: “Operation Leader”

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of “Operation Leader”, Ambassador Braithwaite visited the Aviation and War History Museums in Bodø. Operation Leader Operation Leader was a successful and strategically significant maritime operation, in which the United States Navy together with the British Royal Navy, supported by Norwegian intelligence, launched an attack on enemy shipping in ...
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Ambassador Braithwaite and Prime Minister Solberg Visit Soldiers at Værnes

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, Ambassador Ken Braithwaite and Prime Minister Erna Solberg visited U.S. and Norwegian soldiers stationed at Værnes.  Ambassador Braithwaite praised the importance of the excellent cold-weather training that the U.S. Marines are getting in Norway.  The Prime Minister noted that the cooperation at Værnes was good and helped to strengthen the ...
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Ambassador Braithwaite Congratulates Former Embassy Employee on 100th Birthday

On September 28, 2018, Ambassador Braithwaite visited Mrs. Elisabeth Lie-Hagen at Brevik nursing home to congratulate her on her 100th birthday, after having read about her in Porsgrunn Dagblad . In 1940, Lie-Hagen was the secretary to Ambassador Florence Jaffray Harriman , who was the first female U.S. Ambassador to Norway. Mrs. Lie-Hagen had her office at the Ambassador’s residence ...
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Ambassador Braithwaite Presents Awards to CEO of Norwegian Bjørn Kjos and NTNU Students

On June 28, 2018, at the U.S. Embassy’s annual Independence Day Celebration at the Ambassador’s Residence in Oslo, U.S. Ambassador to Norway Kenneth J. Braithwaite presented the newly established Ambassador’s Award to Norwegian Air Shuttle CEO Bjørn Kjos. A group of NTNU students received the Ambassador’s Young Eagles Award for their project to remove plastics ...
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Embassy Organizes River Cleanup on World Environment Day

On World Environment Day on June 5, 2018, the U.S. Embassy in Oslo organized a river cleanup along the Akerselva river in Oslo together with the Ministry of Climate and Environment . It was an international group effort! Representatives from the Peruvian , German , Chilean , Danish , British , and Chinese Embassies were there to take part in the cleanup. Organizations Oslo River Forum , Keep Norway Clean and Rusken were ...
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Ambassador Visits Dombås

On May 30-31, 2018, Ambassador Braithwaite visited Dombås. First, the Ambassador traveled to Dombås train station to visit the place where Captain Robert M. Losey was killed on April 21, 1940. Then followed a Memorial Day Ceremony at Dombås Minnepark where both the Ambassador and the Mayor of Dovre, Bengt Fasteraune, spoke. U.S. Embassy in Oslo’s Air Attaché Aaron ...
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Remember to Register to Vote!

See Ambassador Braithwaite’s important message to American citizens in Norway about voting from abroad in the column to the right. Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) website,  FVAP.gov .  If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact the U.S. Embassy’s Voting Assistance Officer at voteoslo@state.gov . For additional voting information, please ...
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Ambassador Braithwaite’s National Day Message

See Ambassador Braithwaite’s video greeting in connection with Norway’s Constitution Day on May 17, 2018, in the column to the right. On Constitution Day, the Ambassador and his family took part in the celebration in front of the Royal Castle in Oslo and watched the children’s parade. Ambassador Braithwaite and his family was also interviewed ...
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90 Youth Celebrate Arbor Day in Ambassador’s Garden

On April 17, 2018, 90 youth gathered in the Ambassador’s residence garden in celebration of Arbor Day and Earth Day. Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 to show support for taking care of and protecting our planet. On Arbor Day, individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees. It is celebrated ...
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Ambassador Braithwaite Travels to Bodø

On April 18-19, Ambassador Braithwaite traveled to Bodø. This was his first official trip to Northern Norway as United States Ambassador to Norway. On Wednesday, April 18, the Ambassador visited Norwegian Joint Headquarters (NJHQ). He was welcomed and given a tour by the Commander of the NJHQ Lieutenant General Rune Jakobsen. NJHQ in Bodø is ...
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Ambassador Meets U.S. Citizens at Embassy Town Hall

On April 24, 2018, Ambassador Kenneth J. Braithwaite met with U.S. citizens at the U.S. Embassy Town Hall Meeting in Oslo.  The Embassy’s American Citizen Services unit hosted the Town Hall meeting at the American Lutheran Church in order to provide a forum for Americans in Norway to come together and share information, opinions, and ...
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Ambassador Hosts Kick-Off Event for Rising Leaders Program

On April 25, Ambassador Kenneth Braithwaite hosted a kick-off event for Rising Leaders at Villa Otium. Rising Leaders is an initiative of the Embassy of the United States of America and the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Norway to provide access for young, up-and-coming leaders from diverse backgrounds to high-level representatives of the established ...
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Ambassador Braithwaite Meets With Prime Minister Solberg

Today, Ambassador Braithwaite met with Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the Prime Minister’s Office in Oslo. They discussed ways to build upon the close and deep-rooted relationship between the United States and Norway. The Ambassador talked enthusiastically about his travels to Bergen, Trondheim and Bodø and told the Prime Minister how impressed he was by ...
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Ambassador Braithwaite Travels to Trondheim

Ambassador Kenneth J. Braithwaite traveled to Trondheim March 22-23, 2018. This was a return to the first Norwegian city that the Ambassador had visited. In 1989, the then young Naval Officer Braithwaite visited Norway and Trondheim for the first time to meet with the Royal Norwegian Navy. The visit left such an impression on him, ...
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Ambassador Braithwaite on U.S.-Norway Trade and Investment Relations

On March 19, 2018, at AmCham Norway’s Transatlantic Assembly, Ambassador Braithwaite introduced himself to AmCham’s members and the wider business community and highlighted U.S. priorities in the transatlantic relationship, including how he plans to further develop U.S.-Norway trade and investment opportunities. The Transatlantic Assembly, moderated by AmCham Managing Director Jason Turflinger, included four other speakers: ...
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Ambassador Braithwaite Travels to Bergen

On March 8-9, 2018, Ambassador Kenneth J. Braithwaite traveled to Bergen for his first official trip as U.S. Ambassador to Norway. The Bergen visit started on March 8, with a meeting with Bergen’s Mayor Marte Mjøs Persen. Afterwards, the Ambassador met with the Bergen business community in a lunch meeting organized by the Bergen Chamber ...
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Ambassador Braithwaite Sends 14 Pizzas to Ambassador Aas After Losing Olympic Bet

On March 7, 2018, Ambassador Braithwaite sent 14 pizzas to his colleague and friend, Norway’s Ambassador to the United States Kåre Aas. Why, you may ask? It all started with this tweet:   Ambassador Aas challenged Ambassador Braithwaite to an Olympic Medal Count bet, and Ambassador Braithwaite accepted the challenge. See the whole story of ...
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Foreign Minister Søreide Meets With Ambassador Braithwaite

On Thursday, February 15, 2018, Ambassador Braithwaite met with Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo. They discussed ways to deepen and broaden the already great relationship between the United States and Norway.  Foreign Minister Søreide noted how good it would be to match our excellent security-defense cooperation ...
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Kenneth J. Braithwaite Formally Accredited as U.S. Ambassador to Norway

On Thursday, February 8, 2018, U.S. Ambassador Kenneth J. Braithwaite presented his credentials to Norway’s Head of State, His Majesty King Harald V, and was thereby formally accredited as U.S. Ambassador to Norway. Newly-appointed ambassadors to Norway present their credentials to the King at a formal audience.  The formality of the time-honored ceremony, which harks back to the beginnings ...
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President Trump nominates new Ambassador to Norway

President Donald J. Trump announced today his intent to nominate Kenneth J. Braithwaite of Pennsylvania to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Norway. Mr. Braithwaite, a distinguished 27-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Navy Reserve, currently serves as Group Senior Vice President for Vizient, a healthcare ...
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