Back in the 1970s, I joined in the parades in Oslo for International Women’s Day. I was in my 20s, and proud to show my support for the feminist movement. The slogans we chanted, such as “Equal pay” and “Solidarity with oppressed women in all countries,” are still relevant today. March 8th has always been […]
Hanging out at the Rubio S.C. primary with Anders Tvegard from NRK “Y” I Want to Take Part For most of my life, I have been interested in politics (one of the many reasons I joined the Foreign Service). I also understood early on the importance of democracy as the basis for economic and social development. […]
So, “Y” This Post about Colombia? The first time I lived outside of Norway was in the mid-’80s, when I was posted to Chile. At that time, Chile was governed by a military junta that completely disregarded democratic principles, violated human rights, and killed or imprisoned human rights defenders and members of the political opposition. […]
“Y” Is Norway Involved in Development Cooperation? Contributing to making the world a better place is a strong motivation in Norwegian foreign policy. This drive is present daily in my job ‒ for example, when the embassy put in extra hours over Christmas to facilitate Norway’s involvement in the Iran deal. Another policy area in […]
Dear Readers, As we will be ringing in the New Year in a few days, I thought I would share with you an important accomplishment that Norway and the U.S. have made in the waning days of 2015. One important objective of Norway’s foreign policy is to try to make a difference. This is […]
With the upcoming holiday season and the beginning of a new year fast approaching, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the past year and look ahead to 2016. What struck me the most when looking back on this year are the challenges we are facing globally, and the fact that now, more […]
Did you know that more than 4.5 million Norwegian Americans live in the U.S. today? That’s almost as much as the entire population of Norway! And about 55% of those 4.5 million are in the Upper Midwest.