Announcements

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 Read more

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... Read more

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Photo: Flickr/IILKE/C.C((B.y.2.2)).

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... Read more

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... Read more

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 Read more

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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 Read more

The Royal Norwegian Embassy will be closed on Friday the 1st of May, on the occasion of May Day. May Day, or Labour Day, celebrates workers all over the world. In Norway it is celebrated on the 1 st of May and marks the beginning of spring. The day is celebrated by nation-wide events and parades. In Australia labour day is celebrated differently across states. In ACT, QLD, SA and NSW it is... Read more

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This Saturday, 25 th of April, marks the 100 th Anniversary of the landing of ANZAC troops at Gallipoli, Turkey.  Marking the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War, ANZAC Day is one of Australia and New Zealand’s most important national commemorative occasions. Although originally limited to commemorate the... Read more

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... Read more

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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... Read more

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Photo: AIB.

 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 Read more

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Photo: Abel.

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... Read more

Xoel Freire/ (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) . 
Photo: Xoel Freire/ (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) .

The 8 th of March has marked the International Women’s Day since 1911, and is a great occasion to highlight achievements made, and struggles still faced, by women all over the world. UNWomen has chosen to highlight the Beijing Decalaration and Platform for action , composed and signed to set the agenda for realising women’s rights. Although great achievements have been made in this regard, ther... Read more

As a part of the State Visit from Norway to Australia, successful bilateral talks has been conducted by high-ranking officials from both countries. Cooperation in a time of crisis On Tuesday Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Norwegian Minister for Foreign Affairs Børge Brende, released a joint statement outlining Norwegian-Australian cooperation in a time of crisis.... Read more

HM King Harald placing poppies on the Wall of Remembrance. 
Photo: HM King Harald placing poppies on the Wall of Remembrance.

Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway arrived at the Hyatt Hotel in Canberra Sunday afternoon. Norwegian children in national costumes greeted Their Majesties, while the Norwegian choir “KORiAUSTRALIA ” performed a wonderful rendition of Edvard Grieg’s “Vår”. 92 year old war veteran Olav Ottesen was also present, and was commended by HM Queen Sonja for his efforts in the Royal... Read more

The state visit from Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway is underway. On this site you will find useful links and information regarding Their Majesties' activities while "Down under". Friday Their Majesties concluded the State Visit in Perth Friday. To recognize Norwegian and Australian maritime cooperation the day started with a visit to Wilhelmsen MV Tugela, together wit Read more

Reports suggest that cyclone Marcia is set to intensify to a category 5 storm, before it hits the Queensland Coast. Anyone residing in areas exposed to the cyclone is advised to listen to local authorities and keep up to date on developments as the cyclone progress here. If you have further enquires or question, or wish to read available information in Norwegian, please follow this link to our... Read more

If you are eager to catch some lovely traditional Norwegian folk music, or maybe interested in listening to something new, the choir ‘KORiAUSTRALIA’ is touring Australia from the 14 th of February until the 26 th of February. On their tour they will stop by several of the major Australian cities, including Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. The choir consists of 60 adult singe... Read more

The 6th of February marks the Sami National Day, a day to pay tribute to the culture and historical heritage of the indigenous population of Scandinavia. The day celebrates the first Sami Congress, held in 1917, in Trondheim, Norway. The Congress in 1917 was the first time Norwegian and Swedish Sami came together across national borders to find sustainable solutions for issues that specifically... Read more

Chairperson of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende signed a strategic partnership agreement on Tuesday. ‘This is a historic step for Norway’s engagement in Africa,’ said Mr Brende. Read more