Greetings from the Consul General:
Dear Norwegians in Shanghai and neighboring provinces,
We are now entering December, the last month of the year. We are getting ready for Christmas – for most of us, the most important celebration of the year. Some of us are fortunate to be able to go home to Norway for Christmas, while many of us will stay in China. I hope that either way, everyone will be able to enjoy their Christmas holidays, wherever you are.
Getting close to the end of the year, this is also time for reflection. For the Consulate in Shanghai, this has indeed been a special year, or as we often refer to in Norwegian, an "interesting" year, meaning a very different year. The two-month lockdown in Shanghai this spring was challenging to all of us. It was historic and unprecedented - and hopefully only a once-in-a-lifetime experience. To me, I was encouraged by the strong support and solidarity within the Norwegian community. It was an exceptional exercise of coming togetherness – or "dugnad" as we say in Norwegian. I would like to use this opportunity to thank everyone for your support and contributions during a very demanding time.
The numbers of covid cases in China, also here in Shanghai, are now on the rise. We have recently published information to the Norwegian community: https://www.norway.no/en/china/norway-china/news-and-events/shanghai-news-and-events/news/informasjon-til-nordmenn/
I look forward to working for and together with you in 2023 to promote Norway and Norwegian interests in China.
On behalf of all colleagues at the Consulate in Shanghai, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
New addresses of Visa Application Centres (VACs) in Hangzhou and Nanjing
In addition to applying for a visa in Shanghai, you may also apply for visas in Zhejiang and Jiangsu.
- From November 28, the Hangzhou Visa Application Centre has been relocated to: 12F, Building 5, Wings City, No.128 Hongtai Road, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang province, China.
- From December 5, Nanjing Norway Visa Application Centre will be relocated to: 15/F, Jinchen Insights, 88-1 Yurun Avenue, Jianye District, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, PRC.
More information about how to obtain a Schengen visa to Norway is found on our website or at www.udi.no
Klubb Norge Julebord
The traditional Klubb Norge Julebord will take place at Indigo on the Bund, No. 585, Zhongshan East 2nd Road, Shanghai on December 3. You can find more information about the Christmas event here: https://norbachina.glueup.cn/event/klubb-norge-julebord-38599/
Norwegian children’s literature at the China International Children’s Book Fair
Despite the ongoing pandemic situation in Shanghai, Norwegian children’s literature will also this year be part of the China International Children’s Book Fair, from December 4 - 6 in Shanghai. This year, Norwegian Literature Abroad (NORLA) will introduce 13 new titles that are released in Norway this year to Chinese publishers. For more information, please check: https://www.ccbookfair.com/en
Norwegian Green Agricultural Technology and Products Seminar December 6
Four Norwegian agritech companies (Orkel AS, Serigstad AS, 7Sense AS, Herde Industrier AS) will be presented at the Norwegian Green Agricultural Technology and Products Seminar on December 6. These companies seek to play a role in the sustainable development of the fast-growing Chinese agricultural market. About 30 Chinese distributors and dairy farms will attend the online seminar. It will also be livestreamed. Innovation Norway cooperates with China Agricultural Machinery Distribution Association (CAMDA), the nationwide industry organization for distributors, manufacturers, universities and research institutes and the organizer of the largest agricultural machinery exhibition in Asia.
Norwegian focus at Hangzhou Youth Image 2022
Organized by the film association of Hangzhou and supported by the local government, the Hangzhou Youth Image 2022 will be held on December 9 - 12 in Liangzhu culture center in HangzhouZhejiang province. As a part of the screening program, “Distance - The Arctic Shorts From Norway” highlighting 7 Norwegian short films will be screened. Hangzhou Youth Image is an important platform for young filmmakers in China, and at this edition young filmmakers from Norway are invited to join an online seminar to exchange knowledge and skills on film making: https://www.jinhejiang.com
Norwegian film screening at Zhejiang College Students Film Festival
The Huace Film Academy of Communications, University of Zhejiang will host a Zhejiang College Students Film Festival from December 15 - 17 on Tongxiang campus in Jiaxing . Four Norwegian feature films will be screened, “Childhood”, “Queen Without Land”, “Amundsen”, “Out stealing Horses”.
The 5th China International Import Expo (CIIE) 2022
Representing the Norwegian seafood industry, the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) made its debut at the 5th China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, supported by the Consulate General in Shanghai
In addition, Team Norway partners continued the tradition to visit all Norwegian companies present at CIIE. This year we were pleased to welcome Ambassador Signe Brudeset from our Embassy in Beijing.
The Consulate also hosted the annual CIIE Norway Reception in the Consul General’s residence for Norwegian companies and their Chinese partners participating at CIIE
You will find more photos and information about the CIIE activities and the Norwegian companies present via these LinkedIn and Instagram-links:
Country of Ocean – Norway@ 5th CIIE
Being two maritime nations with long coastlines, both Norway and China possess unique expertise within maritime green solutions, such as offshore wind and minimizing of microplastic pollution. To promote Norway as an ocean country, the Consulate hosted a Country of Ocean Norway@ CIIE event on November 6. The joint panel discussed how we can meet the environmental challenges our ocean faces today. Chinese media The Paper livestreamed our event and we are pleased to note that more than 452,000 views were generated online. You can visit our Weibo to watch the replay of the live streaming session: https://weibo.com/tv/show/1042211:4832810352181367
Team Norway meeting in Shanghai November 3
The Consulate was this year the host for the annual Team Norway-meeting. . During the meeting we discussed how to further strengthen our work to promote Norwegian businesses in China and how to create new opportunities. An important part of the meeting is to present our joint efforts to the Ministry for Trade and Fisheries and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. An important result was the input to the Norwegian Government’s new export strategy.
Norway-China FPSO Seminar 2022
China is the most important FPSO (Floating Production, Storage & Offloading vessel) manufacturing country in the world. Norway has a well-established reputation as a provider of technologies, equipment, and services for constructing FPSO. The Consulate General together with Norwegian Energy Partners (NORWEP) and Innovation Norway organized Norway-China FPSO Seminar 2022 on November 22. Leading Norwegian actors in the sector and representatives from key Chinese offshore shipyards joined the discussions and shared the latest market and technical developments at the seminar.
8th China Jiangsu Conference for International Technology Transfer and Commercialization (CITTC2022)
The Consulate and Innovation Norway participated at the 8th China Jiangsu Conference for International Technology Transfer and Commercialization on November 9. At the Conference, Innovation Norway and Jiangsu Provincial Department of Science & Technology renewed an MoU online to further strengthen the cooperation.
8 Norwegian organizations in Green Tech participated at the technology roadshows online the next day.
Norway x CBME (Children Baby Maternity Expo) Livestreaming Business Matchmaking event
Norway is showcasing its ‘power’ (‘威’ in Chinese) in the business sector of children, baby & maternity care. 8 Norwegian brands introduced their consumer products to potential Chinese business partners at the livestreaming B2B event on November 23 where both Innovation Norway and the Consulate were present. More than 12,000 views were generated at the live event.
“Norwegian Literature Now” 2022
“Small country, but a big world of literature!” was the comment from one of the Chinese publishers who participated in the physical event in Shanghai on November 23. Over 30 participants from the Chinese publishing industries, literature studies and translators joined the event to get an update on the latest literature titles across genres that are released in Norway this year.
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