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June 1, 2023

Press Release: U.S. Embassy to Open American Presence Post in Tromsø

Oslo, Norway

June 1, 2023

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced in Oslo today that the U.S. Embassy in Oslo will open an American Presence Post in Tromsø, Norway later this year.

The office in Tromsø will further contribute to the close cooperation between the United States and Norway on our shared stewardship of the vitally important Arctic region.  We share the vision that the Arctic continue to be characterized by stability and peaceful cooperation.

As one of eight Arctic nations, the United States has long been committed to protecting our interests and the interests of our Allies and partners in the Arctic, combating climate change, fostering sustainable development and investment, and promoting cooperation among Arctic states.

“The opening of our presence post in Tromsø, the United States’ northernmost diplomatic mission, and the only one above the Arctic Circle, is yet another demonstration of our close partnership with Norway and our commitment to this vital region – one whose importance will only grow in the coming decades.  The United States is a proud Arctic state and takes seriously our role as one of the region’s stewards.”  — U.S. Ambassador to Norway Marc Nathanson

“Norway and the U.S. share a long and proud history of close collaboration on Arctic issues. I welcome US plans to establish a Presence Post in Tromsø this year, which I am sure will further strengthen our close cooperation.”  — Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt


  • The U.S. Department of State had an office in Tromsø until 1994. The new office will include one U.S. diplomat.
  • In October 2022, the Biden Administration released a National Strategy for the Arctic Region (PDF), which articulates an agenda over the next ten years to realize the vision of an Arctic region that is peaceful, stable, prosperous, and cooperative.


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Embassy of the United States of America

Morgedalsveien 36, 0378 Oslo, Norway