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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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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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 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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SelectUSA Seminar – How To Grow Your Business in the U.S.

Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Location: KPMG, Sørkedalsveien 6, Majorstua, Oslo Want to learn more about how to grow your business in the U.S.? The U.S. Embassy welcomes you to join us at the SelectUSA Investment Seminar in Oslo on Tuesday, April 17th. Organized by the U.S. Embassy, SelectUSA, KPMG, and the American Chamber of Commerce, this free ...
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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 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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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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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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Secretary Tillerson Meets Foreign Minister Søreide

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s remarks with Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide before their meeting: SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good morning, all. I want to welcome the Norwegian Foreign Minister Soreide to the State Department. Look forward to having some very important exchanges on a number of issues important to us in NATO, the Europe ...
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President Trump Welcomes Prime Minister Solberg

Today, President Donald J. Trump welcomed Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg to the White House . At a joint press conference with the Prime Minister, President Trump said, “For decades, Norwegians and Americans have stood side by side against common threats to our freedom, our security, and our values…Today, we remain united in our efforts to confront ...
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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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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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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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How FDR got his nose back

The granite sculpture of President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) is located close to Akershus fortress in Oslo. It was unveiled on June 7, 1950, by the President’s widow Eleanor Roosevelt. The monument was funded through a nationwide fundraising to show gratitude for U.S. aid to Norway during and after the war. The sculpture is made by Stinius Fredriksen ...
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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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Secretary Tillerson on Norway’s Constitution Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 17, 2017 On behalf of President Trump and the American people, I congratulate Norway on the 203rd anniversary of Constitution Day. Almost five million Americans trace their origins to Norway, and the Norwegian-American community has played a proud role in U.S. history. Those close ...
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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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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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