Op-Ed by Ambassador Braithwaite: European Security Cannot Mean More to the United States than It Does to Europe

In an op-ed published in VG on August 13, 2019, Ambassador Braithwaite calls on Norway to live up to its 2014 Wales Pledge.  Below is the English version of the op-ed. Norway is a magnificent country. From the people to your culture to your geography, beauty is everywhere. As the United States Ambassador, I have now lived amongst ...
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Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day

In honor of all women and girls, the U.S. President proclaimed March 2019 to be Women’s History Month. “During Women’s History Month, we celebrate the countless women whose courage and resolve have contributed to the character and success of our Nation and the entire world.  The equal opportunity of women in every facet of daily ...
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Ambassador Braithwaite Visits Karasjok and Kautokeino

During a visit to Finnmark in December, Ambassador Braithwaite attended the opening of the Sami Parliament in Karasjok and met with members of the Sami Council. He also visited Kautokeino, where he experienced traditional Sami hospitality in a lavvu and learned from reindeer experts about the critical role of reindeer herding in the Sami way ...
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An Evening with the Ambassador and the American Citizen Services unit in Kristiansand

On November 13, 2018, Ambassador Kenneth J. Braithwaite met with approximately 70 U.S. citizens at the International School in Kristiansand.  The Embassy’s American Citizen Services unit hosted an informal event titled An Evening with the Ambassador, in order to provide a forum for Americans in Norway to come together to meet Ambassador Braithwaite and to share information, ...
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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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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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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 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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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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