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 Oslo. Unfortunately, the current embassy building has become too small for the size of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Oslo, and its site cannot accommodate the features required for a modern American embassy.

Therefore, in June 2004, the U.S. Government signed a purchase agreement with the Norwegian Government for a tract of land at Makrellbekken as the site for a new embassy, and building began in May 2012.

“We are truly excited to move to our new embassy building at Makrellbekken. We want our new embassy to be an extension of the great and enduring U.S.-Norway relationship, and we look forward to being good neighbors and continuing to provide high-quality services to our visitors in this new facility.”

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, Jim DeHart

Green features

The new embassy site incorporates numerous sustainable features, including a restored stream and a ground source heat exchange system that will allow the Embassy to meet nearly 100% of its heating load. Furthermore, it is anticipated to reach a LEED Gold Certification by the Green Building Certification Institute.

“I am particularly proud to say that we are moving to a site that is sustainable and green. It far exceeds some of the strictest energy and sustainability codes in the world.”

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, Jim DeHart

More information about the move will be available on the U.S. Embassy website as the actual move date approaches.

Consular clients welcome

The new embassy at Makrellbekken has a separate consular entrance, and a brighter waiting room for visitors to the American Citizen Services and the Visa Unit.

We look forward to welcoming visitors to the American Citizen Services and Visa Unit to new and more modern facilities. We hope our customers will appreciate our own separate consular entrance, and a brighter waiting room with more facilities compared to today.

U.S. Embassy Consul, Katherine Reimondez

Contact

For comments or questions from the public, please e-mail OsloInfo@state.gov.

For media inquiries, please e-mail OsloPress@state.gov.