Trade relations are important. Did you know, for instance, that the Zeebrugge gas hub serves as a channel for the exportation of Norwegian natural gas towards other European destinations? And that it provides around 30% of the gas used for domestic consumption in Belgium? Or that the Government Pension Fund of Norway has invested 6 billion euros in Belgian businesses? In addition, the ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge are important for the international transport of Norwegian goods.
Cultural exchange also represents an important part of Norway’s relationship to Belgium, not least in such fields as architecture, music and literature. The Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgård, for example, has a broad following in Belgium. And the interest is reciprocal; a hundred years ago, several Norwegian architects found inspiration in the works of their Belgians colleagues, the pioneers of Art Nouveau. Today, Norwegian designers are attracted by the Belgian fashion scene, and numerous professors, as well as dance and theatre groups travel to Norway where their avant-garde is highly appreciated.
We hope that you will find our website useful – a platform promoting Norway’s presence in Belgium. There, you will find information about Norwegian society and culture, about foreign policy and consular affairs, and you will receive advice on how to study and live in Norway. We hope that it will inspire you to visit our country and to establish new commercial, social and economic ties there. We invite you to consult our Facebook page, where further information on Belgium and Norway is available.
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