Ceremony Marks Official Unveiling of New Permanent Embassy Art Collection

On September 20, 2018, a ceremony marked the unveiling of the new permanent art collection at the U.S. Embassy in Oslo. Many of the artists represented in the collection attended the event. The collection was curated by the Office of Art in Embassies (AIE) curator Sarah Tanguy. Public Affairs Officer Ann McConnell welcomed the guests ...
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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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U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Visits Norway

On June 24-26, U.S. Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson, visited Norway, reaffirming the close and longstanding defense relationship between the United States and Norway. The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) is the senior military officer of the Department of the Navy. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the CNO is the principal naval adviser to the ...
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USS Bainbridge Visits Oslo

On Friday, June 22, 2018, USS Bainbridge sailed into Oslo Harbor. This is the second port call by a U.S. warship in Oslo in eight years. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) arrived in Oslo for a scheduled port visit to enhance U.S.-Norway relations as the two nations work together to strengthen ...
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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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Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017

The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – the Human Rights Reports – cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements. The U.S. Department of State submits reports on all countries receiving assistance and all United Nations member states to the U.S. Congress in accordance with the Foreign Assistance Act ...
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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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Norway National Day Statement By Secretary Pompeo

Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 16, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I extend my warmest congratulations to all Norwegians on your 204th anniversary of Constitution Day. Norway is one of the United States’ strongest partners and Allies. We admire your leadership in NATO, ...
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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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Rising Leaders – An Opportunity for Young Entrepreneurs

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 business community. The initiative will hold quarterly events that will allow participants to engage business leaders, learn about AmCham member companies, ...
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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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College Fair in Oslo on March 15th

Find your dream university on March 15th at the College Day Scandinavia , the largest U.S. college fair in Norway. Meet representatives from great universities and colleges across United States, find scholarship opportunities with Lånekassen , The Norway-America Association and Aker Scholarship , and get help with your application from EducationUSA Norway and ANSA . Universities attending: Harvard University New York University Stanford University University of Chicago ...
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Embassy hosts screening of Black Panther in recognition of Black History Month

On Monday 26 February, the U.S. Embassy hosted an exclusive screening of the movie Black Panther, the first Marvel movie about a black superhero, in honor of Black History Month . Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role ...
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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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Embassy Takes Part in Arctic Frontiers

On January 17-22, Chargé d’Affaires Jim DeHart participated in the Arctic Frontiers Conference and Emerging Leaders Program . The conference is an international arena for the discussion of Arctic-related issues.  The Conference brings together academia, government and business to create a firmer foundation for decision-making and sustainable economic development in the Arctic. Many Americans attended this year, including from the U.S. ...
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Joint U.S.-Nordic Workshop on Nuclear Security and Forensics in the Nordic Region

More than 90 nuclear security experts participated in a workshop in Oslo, Norway, from January 17‑19, 2018, to strengthen best practices and promote international cooperation in the field of nuclear forensics. The workshop, organized by the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) , the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) , and the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority of Finland (STUK) , in association with the U.S. Department of State , brought together experts from the region, Europe, United ...
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Summer Institute for Youth, All Expenses Paid

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the U.S. Embassy in Oslo are pleased to announce a four-week Summer Institute for young Europeans and Americans. The institute intend to foster relationships among the younger generations of Europeans and Americans to promote awareness of shared values in light of the global challenges of the 21st Century. The ...
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Lapse in Appropriations

At this time, scheduled passport and visa services will continue during the lapse in appropriations as the situation permits. This website will not be regularly updated until full operations resume, with the exception of emergency safety and security information.‎
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Interfaith Youth in Honor of Religious Freedom Day

On Tuesday January 16, 2018, in honor of Religious Freedom Day, Chargé d’Affaires Jim DeHart welcomed 30 youth leaders from an array of religious communities in Norway to the Villa Otium for roundtable discussions on religious freedom. The U.S. Embassy invited Norwegian youth from religious groups and organizations such as Alnaskolen, Islamic Cultural Center, Humanistisk ...
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President Trump to welcome Prime Minister Solberg to the White House

President Donald J. Trump will welcome Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway to the White House on January 10, 2018. President Trump looks forward to exchanging views on the bilateral ties between the United States and Norway, and how jointly to advance regional and global security, and economic prosperity. The President and Prime Minister will ...
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United States Air Force Brass Band Teaches Trøndelag Youth About Jazz

To celebrate the arrival of the F35 aircraft, the United States Air Force Brass Band Quintet visited Trondheim and Ørland. The brass quintet held a “Masterclass” for Byåsen Skole Musikkorps, where students got a great concert with famous tunes from among others Frost and Star Wars. After the concert, the Air Force band gave a ...
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U.S. Hosts More Than a Million International Students

According to the 2017 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange data released today by IIE and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs , the number of international students in the United States increased by three percent over the prior year. The total number of international students studying in the U.S. is for the second consecutive year more than one million students. The largest sending ...
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F-35 Arrivals Historic for Norway and NATO

A ceremony at Ørland Air Station today – the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s 73rd anniversary – will mark the arrival of the first three F-35 combat aircraft to Norway.  The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is a 5th generation multi-role aircraft.  It represents one of the most important military procurements ever, ensuring that Norwegian Armed Forces ...
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The United States welcomes Norwegian start-ups and entrepreneurs

Start-ups and small companies play a key role in the Norwegian and U.S. economy. Not only because they provide jobs, but also because they offer solutions to some of the most challenging problems of our time. The U.S. firmly believe exchange of views and ideas, access to each other markets, talents capital and technologies drives ...
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USS Oscar Austin visits Oslo

On Friday, October 27, USS Oscar Austin sailed into Oslo Harbor. This is the first port call by a U.S. warship in Oslo in eight years. USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. Oscar Austin is named for Medal of Honor and Purple Heart recipient Private First Class ...
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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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Embassy celebrates Daniel Pearl Music Days

Daniel Pearl World Music Days is a global network of music events held in October to promote tolerance and understanding through the universal language of music. On Thursday, October 12, the band Diplomatic Immunity, consisting of, among others, Artur Wilczynski, Canada’s Ambassador to Norway, and Jim DeHart, Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy, performed at the Stopp Pressen music venue ...
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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visits Norway

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford visited Oslo, Vealøs, and Værnes, Norway from September 17-20 at the invitation of his Norwegian counterpart, Chief of Defense Admiral Haakon Bruun-Hanssen. During the visit to Oslo, he had an audience with King Harald V of Norway and met with Norwegian Minister of Defense Ine Eriksen Søreide.  The ...
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Nariman Hame takes part in 2017 BFTF youth program

Every year, the U.S. Embassy chooses one Norwegian youth, among many Norwegian youth applicants, to be the Norwegian participant in the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship Summer Institute (BFTF). BFTF is a youth program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and Department of State , and hosted by Wake Forest University . In BFTF, 55 young students, aged 16-18, representing 44 countries, come together to ...
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Chargé d’affaires speaks at Nammo and Raytheon contract ceremony

On Tuesday, 27 June 2017, at the Nammo Corporate Headquarters and Production Facilities at Raufoss, Chargé d’affaires Jim DeHart spoke at the Nammo and Raytheon contract ceremony. The ceremony celebrated Nammo’s recently signed contract with Raytheon to produce rocket motors for the latest generation of AIM-9X Block II “Sidewinder” missile. The contract represents a significant milestone in the ...
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State Department releases 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report

 “Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time. It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law, and spurs other transnational criminal activity. It threatens public safety and national security.  But worst of all, the crime robs human beings of their freedom and their dignity. That’s why ...
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Embassy officially opened with ribbon cutting ceremony

On Thursday, June 15, 2017, the new U.S. Embassy at Morgedalsvegen 36 at Makrellbekken in Oslo was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Chargé d’affaires Jim DeHart served as Master of Ceremonies and welcomed the guests. Speakers included Governing Mayor of Oslo Raymond Johansen, Foreign Minister Børge Brende and Overseas Building Operations (OBO) Director Ambassador ...
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Defense Secretary Mattis Praises Norway as Important U.S., NATO Ally

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2017 — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis yesterday met with Norwegian Minister of Defense Ine Eriksen Søreide at the Pentagon, where he praised the longstanding defense relationship between the United States and Norway, according to chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White. Extensive Military-to-Military Cooperation Mattis and Søreide reaffirmed the extensive military-to-military cooperation between the ...
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How to get to the new embassy

From May 15, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Oslo will be located at Morgedalsvegen 36 at Huseby in Oslo. It will no longer be located at Henrik Ibsens gate 48. Three separate entrances The new U.S. Embassy has three separate entrances: The consular entrance is located on Sørkedalsveien; the main entrance is located on Morgedalsvegen, as ...
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A monument of friendship – Eero Saarinen’s U.S. Embassy in Oslo

Did you know that the embassy building was considered to be an architectural masterpiece and a monument of the friendship between Norway and the U.S. when it opened in 1959? In this video, you will see newspaper clippings and photos of the building from the year it opened. Read more about the embassy building designed by ...
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A Monument of Friendship – Eero Saarinen’s U.S. Embassy in Oslo

The triangular U.S. Embassy building in Oslo, designed by renowned Finnish architect Eero Saarinen, opened in 1959 and was considered an architectural masterpiece at the time. In this video you will see newspaper clippings and photos of the building from the year it opened. The U.S. Embassy is moving to Huseby on May 12 and ...
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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan meets with Prime Minister Erna Solberg

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and a bipartisan delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives met with Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the Prime Minister’s residence in Oslo. The trip to Norway, which lasted from April 17-19, also included meetings with Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide and Foreign Minister ...
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WW II Escape described in Minister Florence Harriman’s book “Mission to the North”

Florence Jaffray Harriman was Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Norway from 1937 until 1940. ( The United States chose to use the title Minister instead of Ambassador in several countries in Europe well into the 19th century .) World War II Escape Harriman came to the country during a troubling pre-war period. On April 9, 1940, Germany invaded Norway. The Germans were slowed by coastal guns at Oscarsborg Fortress that managed to sink the German cruiser ...
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New U.S. Embassy at Makrellbekken to open May 15

The U.S. Embassy in Oslo is pleased to announce that the construction of the new embassy compound is completed and the embassy will be open for business at the new address Morgedalsvegen 36 starting May 15, 2017. Since 1959, the U.S. Embassy has been located at Drammensveien 18/Henrik Ibsens gate 48 in the heart of ...
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U.S. Marines visit Hegra school

Earlier this month, students at Hegra Upper Secondary School welcomed a group of U.S. Marines to their classrooms. The Marines are part of the Marine Rotational Force Europe 17.1 who are currently deployed at Værnes, and they talked to 8th, 9th, and 10th grades about their Norwegian experience. The Marine Corps’ presence in Norway allows for ...
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Check out our new site!

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – ...
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Embassy hosts screening of Hidden Figures on International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Oslo hosted a screening of Hidden Figures to highlight the importance of women and people of color in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The screening was co-hosted with 20th Century Fox, IBM, Nordisk Film Kino and Abelia. Chargé d’Affaires Jim DeHart welcomed the close to 900 ...
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Updated Guidance on Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals

An order issued by a U.S. District court in the state of Washington on February 3 bars the U.S. government from enforcing certain provisions of Executive Order 13769, “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals,” including those related to visas and travel for nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. ...
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Embassy Holiday Video 2016

It’s Ambassador Heins’ first Christmas in Norway, but will he find julestemning? In this year’s Embassy holiday video, the Ambassador, Tone Damli and Ole Torp drive around Oslo singing Christmas carols and practice Norwegian in their quest to find true holiday spirit. See the video on YouTube and Facebook . Happy Holidays from everyone here at the ...
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Major General Timothy McGuire visits Norway

Major General Timothy McGuire, the Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army in Europe ‎visited the Norwegian Army Chief General Odin Johannessen 29-30 August. The visit included a trip to Bodø to meet with Lieutenant General Rune Jakobsen, the commander of the Norwegian National Joint Headquarters, and visits to the Norwegian Border Guard in Finnmark ...
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Young Norwegians Learn Diplomacy and Develop Life-long Relationships in Berlin

In August 2016, 5 young Norwegians traveled to Berlin to take part in the Global-In Fellowship (GIF) Program . GIF is a three-week Department of State sponsored youth project focusing on politics and diplomacy, providing opportunities to explore international relations and enhance diplomatic skills. The 2016 program welcomed 60 young participants from between 16 and 20 years old from ...
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Embassy Decorated in Rainbow Colors to Celebrate LGBT Pride Month

June is ‪ LGBT Pride‬ Month and we have decorated the Embassy’s windows in rainbow colors. June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month in the U.S., and it serves as an important reminder that all people deserve to live with dignity and respect, free from fear and violence, and protected against discrimination, regardless of their gender ...
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Remarks by President Obama, President Niinistö of Finland, and Prime Minister Solberg of Norway at the Nordic Leaders’ Summit Arrival Ceremony

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good morning, everybody.  Due to the possibility of thunderstorms, we decided to move our arrival ceremony indoors.  Of course, our Nordic friends are used to tough weather.  You should know that here in Washington we have not seen the sun for about three weeks, which you experience for months on end.  But despite ...
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U.S.-Nordic Leaders’ Summit Joint Statement

Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and the United States reaffirm our deep partnership based on shared fundamental values. Democracy, the rule of law, gender equality, respect for human rights, and the protection and equal treatment of all people without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity unite the Nordic countries and the ...
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Samuel Heins formally accredited U.S. Ambassador to Norway

On Thursday, March 10, 2016, U.S. Ambassador Samuel D. Heins presented his credentials to Norway’s Head of State, King Harald V, and was thereby formally accredited as U.S. Ambassador to Norway. All newly-appointed ambassadors to Norway must present their credentials to the King at a formal audience. The formality of the time-honored ceremony, which harks ...
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Apply for Ben Franklin Summer Institute 2016

Deadline for applications: March 29, 2016 The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the U.S. Embassy in Oslo are pleased to announce the opportunity to take part in a four-week Summer Institute – the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship (BFTF), for up to 45 young Europeans and Americans. The institute ...
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Further Travel Restrictions to the Visa Waiver Program

The Department of Homeland Security today announced that it is continuing its implementation of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 with the addition of Libya, Somalia, and Yemen as three countries of concern, limiting Visa Waiver Program travel for certain individuals who have traveled to these countries. Pursuant to the Act, the Secretary ...
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The U.S. Begins Implementation of Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

Yesterday, the United States began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcomes more than a million passengers arriving to the United States every day and is committed to facilitating legitimate travel while maintaining the highest standards of security ...
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A Message from the Chargé d’affaires of the United States of America: Religious Freedom and Pluralism are Enduring American Values

Religious liberty is an integral factor of American life, and has been since our Nation’s founding.  Indeed, many of the first European settlements in America were comprised of individuals and families fleeing religious persecution.  Not surprisingly, this fundamental right is the “first freedom” enshrined in the Bill of Rights of our Constitution. An essential component ...
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Robert Putnam Interview

On November 12, the Embassy and Tankesmien Agenda hosted a reception for Harvard University professor Robert D. Putnam. Putnam is a world-renowned political scientist who has extensively researched the pros and cons of multiethnic societies. We took the opportunity to ask him some questions about immigration and multiculturalism in the United States. See the video in the ...
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Remarks by President Obama at the First Session of COP21

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  President Hollande, Mr. Secretary General, fellow leaders.  We have come to Paris to show our resolve. We offer our condolences to the people of France for the barbaric attacks on this beautiful city.  We stand united in solidarity not only to deliver justice to the terrorist network responsible for those attacks but to ...
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Remarks With Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende

Remarks by John Kerry -Secretary of State Treaty Room – Washington, DC SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. I’m sorry to keep you waiting, but (inaudible) special for me to be able to welcome Foreign Minister Børge Brende from Norway here to Washington, and to underscore that there really is no country that I can think ...
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Remarks at the Climate and Clean Energy Investment Forum

Remarks by John Kerry – Secretary of State Loy Henderson Auditorium – Washington, DC SECRETARY KERRY: Drew, thank you very, very much. Good morning everybody. Welcome to the State Department. And Drew, thanks so much for not just great leadership, but for years of friendship. Drew was really the surrogate senator for the state of ...
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Emerging Leaders 2016: Opportunity for Young Americans with an Interest in the Arctic

The U.S. Embassy in Oslo, together with the Arctic Frontiers Secretariat, is excited to announce a unique opportunity for young U.S. citizens with a professional interest in the Arctic to learn more about the region. The annual Arctic Frontiers conference brings academia, government and business together to create a firmer foundation for decision-making and sustainable economic development ...
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Embassy Hosts Networking Reception with the International Franchise Association

On October 19-20, the Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy in Oslo hosted a trade mission together with the International Franchise Association and  participating U.S. franchise brands including Carl’s Jr., Wing Zone, Home Instead Senior Care, Signal 88, Fast Signs, United Franchise Group, McDonalds and Sky Zone. The Embassy coordinated a range of activities and events for the trade mission, including a seminar with Virke, (the Enterprise Federation ...
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Norwegian Alumni Pamir Ehsas Named Alumni of the Month

Between Here and Home: A Refugee’s Story Pamir Ehsas Norway Alumni Network Member CEO, Studentaksjonsen and “Brighter Tomorrow” Each month, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) recognizes one outstanding alumnus or alumna. Norwegian alumnus Pamir Ehsas is this month’s outstanding alumnus, and his work will be recognized throughout October on the International Exchange Alumni website , ECA’s ...
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Remarks by President Obama to the United Nations General Assembly

United Nations Headquarters New York, New York **Please see below for a correction, marked with an asterisk. 10:18 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen:  Seventy years after the founding of the United Nations, it is worth reflecting on what, together, the members of this body have helped ...
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U.S. Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of South Sudan

The United States is pleased to announce more than $80 million in additional humanitarian assistance for conflict-affected people in South Sudan, and for South Sudanese refugees in the region. This announcement follows the signing of the peace agreement between the government of South Sudan and the opposition on August 26, 2015 that seeks to end ...
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New U.S. Humanitarian Assistance to Respond to Syria Crisis

The White House announced today that the United States is providing nearly $419 million in additional life-saving assistance for those affected by the war in Syria.  This new funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance in response to this conflict to more than $1.6 billion in Fiscal Year 2015 and over $4.5 billion since the ...
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Techcamp: Free Interactive Seminar

Want to learn how to better engage youth and diverse audiences in the digital age? Apply now for a free interactive seminar! On October 1-2, the U.S. Embassy in Sweden and the Tällberg Foundation invite participants from Norway, Sweden, and Denmark to a TechCamp in Malmø. TechCamps are workshops which have been held by the U.S. Department ...
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U.S. Senators visit Norway

Three U.S. Senators led by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) visited Norway from August 16-18. Senator McCain stopped in Svalbard and Bodø, and was joined by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and John Barrasso (R-WY) in Oslo. The visit was part of a larger European tour focusing on regional security concerns and U.S. interests. In Svalbard, U.S. Charge d’Affaires Jim DeHart , Norwegian State Secretary Bård Glad Pedersen, ...
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Maiuran’s American Adventure – Part 2

Following an application process, the U.S. Embassy chose Maiuran Loganathan (17) from Oslo to be the Norwegian participant in the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship Summer Institute (BFTF) 2015. BFTF is a 4-week youth program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and Department of State, where 70 young European and American students aged 16-18 come together to learn about topics such as diplomacy, media, ...
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U.S. Embassy Celebrates Eid al-Fitr

On July 21, 2015, the U.S. Embassy celebrated the completion of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr at the U.S. residence in Oslo. For the past several years, the Embassy has marked Ramadan. In past years we hosted sunset iftar dinners, but as the sun sets so late in the middle of summer in Oslo, we started a ...
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The President Announces a Historic Nuclear Deal with Iran

Remarks by President Barack Obama Washington, DC THE PRESIDENT:  Today, after two years of negotiations, the United States, together with our international partners, has achieved something that decades of animosity has not — a comprehensive, long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon. This deal demonstrates that American diplomacy can ...
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Maiuran’s American Adventure – Part 1

Following an application process, the U.S. Embassy chose Maiuran Loganathan (17) from Oslo to be the Norwegian participant in the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship Summer Institute (BFTF) 2015. BFTF is a 4-week youth program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and Department of State, where 70 young European and American students aged 16-18 come together to learn about topics such as diplomacy, media, ...
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Kerry on the 20th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide

Press Statement by John Kerry – Secretary of State Washington, DC Today we mark 20 years since 8,000 people were murdered in the mountains of Eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina. The discovery of that unconscionable crime against humanity–of broken bodies piled in mass graves–shocked the conscience of the world. This anniversary is a powerful reminder of ...
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Invitation: Roadshow in the Nordic Countries

If you are a person or company interested in the United States as a location for business and investment, you are welcome to the SelectUSA Roadshow in the Nordic countries on September 14-21, 2015. Please remember to register in advance. SelectUSA is a federal organization that intends to showcase the United States as the world’s ...
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Release of the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Remarks by John Kerry – Secretary of State Press Briefing Room – Washington, DC SECRETARY KERRY: Good to see everybody. Well, thank you very much for being here as we release our Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2014 . And I want to begin particularly by thanking Tom Malinowski and his entire team. It’s a great team effort that literally works ...
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Remarks by the President on the Supreme Court’s ruling of the Affordable Care Act

THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody.  Have a seat.  Five years ago, after nearly a century of talk, decades of trying, a year of bipartisan debate — we finally declared that in America, health care is not a privilege for a few, but a right for all. Over those five years, as we’ve worked to implement ...
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Embassy Helps Bring Diversity to High School Exchange

Each year, over 2000 Norwegian high school students spend a year on exchange abroad. The United States is by far the most popular country, with over 1300 Norwegian high schools students last year. But few of these come from immigrant backgrounds, and the student body of the exchange programs do not reflect Norway’s increasingly diverse ...
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Joint U.S.-Norway Statement Supporting Human Rights Activism

The United States and Norway recognize that supporting human rights is the responsibility of all governments and peoples, and that the organizations that promote those rights should be able to do so without fear of threat or attack. Promoting and protecting the freedoms of assembly and association is part of our shared human rights policies, ...
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Independence Day Celebration 2015

On Thursday, June 18, the U.S. Embassy in Oslo hosted more than 1,500 guests in the garden of Villa Otium , in celebration of America’s 239th Independence Day. The weather was varied and went from a warm and sunny summer’s day to pouring rain. The guests were treated to snacks like McDonald’s fries and Starbucks Coffee, ice ...
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Apply for Global-In Fellowship 2015

Be part of a happening! – Global-In Fellowship 2015 Global-In Fellowship 2015 is a fully-funded three-week international youth program from July 3 to July 23 in Berlin, Germany. The exchange program is a unique possibility to learn about international relations, politics and diplomacy. The program will expose you to an international community, and improve your ...
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OneArctic Celebration with National Geographic

On May 28, 2015, U.S. Embassy Oslo and National Geographic Society co-hosted a seminar and reception to discuss challenges and opportunities in the Arctic, and to celebrate the beginning of the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. The sixty-some guests were from NGOs, research institutions, businesses and embassies of Arctic Council countries and observer states. ...
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Statement from Secretary of State John Kerry on the Occasion of Norway’s National Day

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Norway on your Constitution Day on May 17. Norway is a stronghold of tolerance and progress. After the anti-Semitic attacks in Paris and Copenhagen this past winter, the world mourned. And in Norway more than one thousand young ...
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President Obama announces nomination of new U.S. Ambassador to Norway

On May 13 2015, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Samuel D. Heins from Minnesota to the post as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Norway. The U.S. Senate will now schedule a hearing of Samuel Heins, before proceeding with confirmation proceedings. His arrival to Norway will depend on the confirmation schedule and other practical matters. ...
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The Green Details of the New U.S. Embassy

The new U.S. Embassy at Huseby in Oslo is currently under construction. The design for the new Embassy far exceeds some of the strictest energy and sustainability codes in the world while meeting stringent security requirements. The project is targeting a Silver Certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®). Energy efficiency Ground-source heat pumps enable the building to meet 90 % of peak heating load and ...
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State’s Talwar at Norwegian American Defense Conference

Remarks by Puneet Talwar, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, at the Norwegian American Defense Conference PUNEET TALWAR: Thank you Peter for that kind introduction, and thank you to the Norwegian American Defense Industry Council for having me here today. It’s an honor to be here with Foreign Minister Brende, Ambassador Aas, and a very ...
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Remarks by President Obama and President Raul Castro of Cuba

ATLAPA Convention Center – Panama City, Panama PRESIDENT OBAMA: This is obviously a historic meeting. The history between the United States and Cuba is obviously complicated, and over the years a lot of mistrust has developed. But during the course of the last several months, there have been contacts between the U.S. and the Cuban ...
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Obama’s Weekly Address on Iran’s Nuclear Program Deal

In his weekly address, President Obama describes the historic understanding the United States — with its allies and partners — reached with Iran, which, if fully implemented, will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and will make the world safer. The deal, announced on April 2, meets the core objectives of cutting off every ...
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John F. Nash Jr. and Louis Nirenberg share the Abel Prize

Two Americans, John Nash Jr. and Louis Nirenberg, have been awarded the Abel Prize “for striking and seminal contributions to the theory of nonlinear partial differential equations and its applications to geometric analysis.” The U.S. Embassy in Oslo congratulates the two Abel Prize Laureates! Read more about the two winners here . Read more about the ...
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Norway Well Represented at the 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit

Following up on President Barack Obama’s SelectUSA initiative, the Embassy invited Norwegian companies interested in the U.S. market to participate in the SelectUSA 2015 Investment Summit in Washington DC on March 23-24. 800 member companies represented Acting Ambassador Julie Furuta-Toy and Head of Commercial Section Vidar Keyn led a delegation of 15 participants from Norway, ...
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Embassy Invites High School Students to Talk on Girls, Boys and the Media

In honor of Women’s History Month, the U.S. Embassy invited American Fulbright Rover Sarah Dougher and Norwegian author and journalist Oda Faremo Lindholm to speak about how girls (and boys) internalize and react to movie princesses, images and messages in the media to 90 high school students. The Embassy’s Public Affairs Officer Kim Dubois spoke briefly about Women’s ...
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Obama at SelectUSA Investment Summit

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. (Applause.) Thank you. Please have a seat. Well, thank you, everybody. And let me begin by thanking Penny Pritzker for her outstanding leadership. We’ve got six Cabinet Secretaries and dozens of U.S. ambassadors here, which should tell you that SelectUSA is a major priority for this administration. Since I ...
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Young Leaders for Tomorrow’s Europe Conference

Young Leaders for Tomorrow’s Europe (YLTE) is an international conference organized by the For Tomorrow’s Europe initiative and European alumni of the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship. YLTE 2015 The second edition of YLTE will take place in Bratislava, August 9-15, 2015. Youth from across Eurasia and the United States will learn, debate on and address ...
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The U.S. Embassy Hosts Exclusive Advance Selma Screening

On March 11, the U.S. Embassy in Oslo organized an advance screening of the historical drama Selma for 195 specially invited guests. Set during the height of the American Civil Rights movement in 1965, Selma depicts the historic march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama to the state capital of Montgomery to secure ...
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Obama on 45th Anniversary of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

Statement by the President on the 45th Anniversary of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Forty-five years ago today the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty entered into force. At the time that the treaty was signed, it was widely predicted that dozens of countries would develop nuclear weapons, a prospect that threatened to disrupt global stability and security. Instead, ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Remarks in Switzerland on Iran Nuclear Talks

SECRETARY KERRY: So good afternoon to all, and thank you very, very much for your patience. We’ve been involved in some long discussions over the past few days, and even well before that. And before I leave Montreux, I wanted to quickly share with you where we are. From the beginning, these negotiations have been ...
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College Day Scandinavia 2015

Come learn about studying in the United States at College Day Scandinavia On Thursday, March 19, College Day Scandinavia comes to Oslo to for the third time. Here you can find out all you need to know about studying in the United States in one place! This is an intensified education fair, focusing on higher ...
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President Obama on Murder of Boris Nemtsov

The United States condemns the brutal murder of Boris Nemtsov, and we call upon the Russian government to conduct a prompt, impartial, and transparent investigation into the circumstances of his murder and ensure that those responsible for this vicious killing are brought to justice. Nemtsov was a tireless advocate for his country, seeking for his ...
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Remarks by Secretary of State Kerry and Norway’s Foreign Minister Brende

SECRETARY KERRY: Are we still morning? We are for a few more minutes. (Laughter.) Good morning, everybody. This is a great pleasure for me because Børge Brende and I have become really good friends in the course of our work together. And Norway is such an extraordinary partner. There is nowhere or anything that is ...
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International Mother Language Day 2015

February 21 is International Mother Language Day. This day was first announced by UNESCO in 2000, and has since become an annual tradition. The theme this year is “Inclusion in and through education: Language counts” No official national language Although this is written in English, the United States has never had an official national language. Several states do have an official language, ...
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Obama at Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

Remarks by the President at the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you, John. Good morning, everyone. I want to thank John Kerry, not only for his introduction, but for the outstanding leadership of American diplomacy. John is tireless. If he has not visited your country yet, he ...
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Express Delivery for Visa Applicants

The U.S. Embassy in Oslo has now introduced express delivery with Jetpak for visa applicants. This means applicants may have their passports returned faster to them once the visa application has been processed. By choosing express delivery, Jetpak guarantees delivery at any address in Norway by 4 p.m. on the next business day. Visa applicants can ...
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Opportunities for Youth

Are you or do you know a 16 to 25 year old or a civil society leader under the age of 35 who you think would benefit from going on a U.S. exchange? At the moment we have several possibilities: Diversity on Exchange Diversity on Exchange is a great opportunity for high school students of minority background who ...
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Senate Confirms Ambassador to Norway

Congratulations to Samuel Heins on his confirmation by the U.S. Senate to be the U.S. Ambassador to Norway. We look forward to welcoming him to Oslo soon. Samuel Heins is a lawyer and human rights advocate. In 1982, he founded, organized and served as the first Board Chair for the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, ...
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Kerry on Ukraine Cease-Fire Agreement

The United States welcomes the news that the OSCE-led Trilateral Contact Group, supported by Chancellor Merkel and Presidents Hollande, Poroshenko, and Putin, reached agreement on a ceasefire and heavy weapons withdrawal in eastern Ukraine, and on the implementation of the September Minsk agreements. We particularly commend the diplomatic efforts of our European Allies, Chancellor Merkel ...
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Obama on Request to Congress to Authorize Force Against ISIL

Remarks by the President on Request to Congress for Authorizaiton of Force Against ISIL THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon. Today, as part of an international coalition of some 60 nations — including Arab countries — our men and women in uniform continue the fight against ISIL in Iraq and in Syria. More than 2,000 coalition airstrikes ...
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Joint press conference by Obama, German Chancellor Merkel

Remarks by President Obama and Chancellor Merkel of Germany in Joint Press Conference East Room 12:04 P.M. EST PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning, everybody. Please be seated. As always, it is a great pleasure to welcome my close friend and partner, Chancellor Angela Merkel, back to the White House. Angela, of course, has been here many ...
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Juliet shares stories from her 5-week summer institute experience in the U.S.

Last summer, Juliet Young (21) traveled to the U.S. to participate in the Fulbright summer institute “Study of the U.S. Institutes” (SUSI), a five-week program in the U.S. for students between the age of 18 and 25. Read about Juliet and her SUSI-experience below. Juliet Young knows how to stay busy. The medical student and Young Ambassadors board member has three part-time ...
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SUSI for European Student Leaders 2015

You can now apply for the 2015 Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI), a five-week program in the U.S. for students between the age of 18 and 25. All costs are covered. You can apply for a place in the Social Entrepreneurship program or in the Environmental Stewardship program. Deadline for applications: March 2, 2015 ...
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Remarks on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2015

Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a Special Event to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, January 21, 2015 Thank you, and thank you, everybody, for being here. Let me thank you, Ambassador Winid, and the Polish Mission to the United Nations for organizing this ...
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Ben Franklin: Free 4-week summer program in the U.S. for 16-18 year olds

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the U.S. Embassy in Oslo are pleased to announce two four-week Summer Institutes – the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship (BFTF), for up to 90 young Europeans and Americans. The institutes intend to foster relationships among the younger generations of Europeans and Americans ...
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Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address

THE PRESIDENT:  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: We are 15 years into this new century.  Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores; that unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars; that saw a vicious recession spread across our nation and the world.  It ...
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U.S. Special Representative to the Arctic, Admiral Papp, visits Norway

In July 2014, Secretary of State John Kerry appointed Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr. as the first U.S. Special Representative to the Arctic and emphasized that “The Arctic region is the last global frontier and a region with enormous and growing geostrategic, economic, climate, environment, and national security implications for the United States and the world. […] Arctic policy has ...
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Voice of freedom won’t be muzzled, say Obama, Cameron

President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron co-authored this commentary, published January 15 in the British newspaper, The Times . There are no republication restrictions. We won’t let the voice of freedom be muzzled by David Cameron and Barack Obama Safeguarding our way of life depends on economic strength and standing up to terrorism and international ...
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NATO chief says terrorism must be fought in different ways

There are many different types of terror and democratic nations must use many defenses against them, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in Berlin on January 14. The secretary-general met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel a week after terrorists struck in the heart of Paris. “Those terrorist attacks — they were attacks on innocent people, but ...
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Welcome to our HR Seminar!

Hire safely from abroad – make sure your candidate has the right qualifications! The U.S. Embassy, together with ANSA (Association of Norwegian Students Abroad) and AmCham Norway (The American Chamber of Commerce) welcomes you to a seminar for Human Resources (HR) practitioners on international qualifications. We aim to highlight the skillsets of young Norwegians with international experience and ...
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2015 Time to accelerate progress toward AIDS-free generation

On World AIDS Day 2014, like many around the world, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) embraced the theme “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation.” This theme did not set the tone for just one day, but represents a driving principle that underpinned PEPFAR’s activities in 2014 and will drive action into ...
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Fulbright Arctic Initiative. Deadline: Feb 2, 2015

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative will bring together a network of scholars, professionals and applied researchers from the United States, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia and Sweden for a series of three seminar meetings and a Fulbright exchange experience. At its core, the Fulbright Arctic Initiative will create a network to stimulate international scientific collaboration ...
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