The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Canberra would like to thank all participants and organisers of this year's 17th of May celebrations all over Australia and New Zealand. We trust that you and your families had a wonderful day. H.E. Ambassador Unni Kløvtad participated in the traditonal 17th of May celebrations in Hyde Park in Sydney arranged by the student organisation ANSA Sydney. Traditional

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Esteemed Norwegian writer Åsne Seierstad will take part in this years Sydney Writers festival. Seierstad has worked as a correspondent in Russia, China, the Balkans and Iraq. In 2000, she published With their Backs to the World: Portraits from Serbia . After September 11, she began reporting from Afghanistan for a number of major Scandinavian newspapers and the following year she wrote the...

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For the attention of Norwegian citizens If you need to renew your Norwegian passport, representatives from the Norwegian Embassy in Canberra will be accepting applications from Norwegian citizens for passports at the Royal Norwegian Consulate in Fremantle on Monday 23 November 2015. Please email the Consulate at Norwegian.Consulate@wilh.com.au  within Wednesday 18 November c.o.b. to make an..

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On Sunday, Constitution Day will be celebrated all over Norway. As usual, Down Under, we get a head start on these celebrations. Thanks to Student organisations such as ANSA and NorSK studentorganisasjon as well as Norwegian and Scandinavian Associations in the region, we are able to celebrate the Norwegian National Day in the traditional manner although far from home. A great thank you goes ou...

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Norwegian Constitution Day is just around the corner. Norwegians and friends of Norway alike are preparing to celebrate the adoption of the Norwegian constitution 201 years ago. The Constitution was signed at Eidsvoll in 1814 and declared Norway to be an independent kingdom after 400 years under Danish rule. Norway entered into a union with Sweden later that year, and became independent almost...

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The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), part of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), launched the report  Global Overview 2015: people internally displaced by conflict and violence. The report stipulated that a record-breaking 38 million people have been displaced within their own country by conflict or violence in 2014, a 4.7 million increase compared to 2013. Director of the IDM

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World Press Freedom Day was celebrated on 3 May. ‘World Press Freedom Day is an opportunity to remind the world of the importance of defending freedom of expression and the right to have a free press. It is disturbing to see that the number of countries in the world in which there is full freedom of the press is falling. Safeguarding freedom of the press is an important part of the Government

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Norwegian director Joachim Trier’s Louder Than Bombs will be the only Nordic entry in the main competition at the Cannes International Film Festival between 13-24 May 36 years after Norway last had a contender for the Palme d’Or in Cannes – Anja Breien’s Next of Kin (Arven/1979) - Norwegian director Joachim Trier’s third feature, Louder Than Bombs, will screen as the only Nordic selection for t...

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north sea - roughly halfway between scotland's shetland islands and norway.
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The Norwegian Government submitted its report to the Storting on the management of the Government Pension Fund in 2014, Friday 10 th of April. The Government Pension Fund performed well in 2014, with returns of 7.6% on the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) and 10.7% on the Government Pension Fund Norway (GPFN), before asset management costs. The Government is committed to transparency and...

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 Norway has confirmed its intention to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as a prospective founding member. ‘Norway is a substantial contributor to global development efforts, and wishes to join countries from Asia and other parts of the world in further refining the structure and mission of the AIIB,’ said Foreign Minister Børge Brende. ‘We hope the launch of the AIIB

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The Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2015 to the American mathematicians John F. Nash Jr. and Louis Nirenberg “for striking and seminal contributions to the theory of nonlinear partial differential equations and its applications to geometric analysis.” The President of the Academy, Kirsti Strøm Bull, announced the new laureates today 25 March. Th...

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Last week Ambassador Kløvstad joined many of her colleagues within the Canberra Diplomatic Corps on a Diplomatic trip to South Australia hosted by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon Julie Bishop MP, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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