Newsletter November 2021

| Shanghai

Last month, we congratulated the new government in Norway as Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre’s government attended their first Cabinet Meeting at the Royal Palace. Fudan University's Nordic Centre also received well-deserved congratulations, as they celebrated their 25th Anniversary in October.

November is a busy month for the Consulate in Shanghai, as we are approaching the end of the year. China International Import Export (CIIE) may be the city’s largest event, but there are lots of other great events to attend for the public. Get ready for book fairs, The Norwegian Seafood Dinner and the International Friendship Cities Exchange Exhibition in Yiwu. Did you know that Zhejiang is the sister city of Nordland County (Nordland Fylkeskommune)? Nordland will join an event in Yiwu with assistance from the Consulate and we can’t wait to showcase local products and specialties from Northern Norway in Yiwu. We have also shared a fun fact with you this month, from our visit to Shanghai Stock Exchange. Read on to the end of the newsletter, to make sure you won’t miss it.

We would like to remind you that you can read more about current rules related to travelling to Norway here. And if you haven’t yet checked out the new travel app Reiseklar, it can now be downloaded via App Store and Google Play. We encourage all Norwegians living abroad to register! 

Lastly, if you haven’t started to follow the Consulate on LinkedIn, Instagram or Weibo, now is the perfect month to do it. We wish you a great November!

5th of November: The CIIE 2021 Norwegian Reception

On the occasion of the 4th China International Import Expo (CIIE) 5-10 November, the Consulate General looks forward to welcome more than 100 guests from Norwegian companies in China and their business partners, to the Consulate’s reception 5 November. With the support from Innovation Norway, Norwegian Business Association & Norwegian Seafood Council, the reception will find place at Hotel Indigo on the Bund.

5th of November: Fredagspils
Klubb Norge invites to the monthly Friday beer at Cotton’s, 132 Anting Road at 18.00.

8th of November: EU Illustration Books Exhibition to open in Shanghai

The Norwegian Consulate joins the EU Illustration Books Exhibition in Shanghai 8 November. Arranged jointly by the EU member states’ Consulate Generals in Shanghai, Norway will contribute with the books “Så Rart” (Inger Hagerup), “Ballongjegeren” (Anniken Bjørnes and Mari Kanstad Johnsen) and “Alle Sammen Teller” (Kristin Roskifte).

The exhibition will stay open to the public for two weeks.

12-21st of November: Norwegian children’s literature at China Children’s Book Fair 2021

Norwegian literature’s association NORLA will have a stand at China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF) 19-21 November. Placed in the book fair’s copyright zone, the stand will showcase eight Norwegian books consisting of illustrations and novels for children. For more information about the fair and how to join, please see:,

More information about NORLA can be found here.

13-15th of November: Norway joins 2021 Zhejiang International Friendship Cities Exchange Exhibition in Yiwu

The Consulate General is excited to arrange a Norway stand at the 3rd Zhejiang International Friendship Cities Exchange Exhibition in Yiwu, Zhejiang province 13-15 November. Zhejiang is the sister city of Nordland. Known also as China’s Commodity City, Yiwu is famous for its commodities export to all over the world. The Norwegian stand will present local products and specialties from Nordland, in addition to Norwegian cities including Oslo, Bergen and Tromsø. Norwegian products such as Beckmann schoolbags, Isbre water, Klar Beer and Askim juice will be showcased at the stand as well.

16th of November: New MUNCH Museum opening celebration event in Shanghai

The Consulate General will host a small-scale event 16 November for local partners to celebrate the MUNCH Museum’s opening 22 November in Oslo. The museum was opened by Norway’s King Harald and Queen Sonja, who is known for her interest in art. "People all across the world feel a connection to Munch’s art", Norway’s King Harald said in his opening speech, and the Consulate General looks forward to sharing the new museum’s impressive artworks of Edvard Munch with local art and business guests in Shanghai. You can find more information about the museum on MUNCH's webpage.

Photo credit: Einar Askaksen

19th of November: The Norwegian Seafood Dinner
NBA invites you to the 12th Edition of The Norwegian Seafood Dinner in Shanghai, organized by NBA China and supported by The Norwegian Consulate General in Shanghai.

The Norwegian Seafood Dinner in Shanghai has become a proud annual tradition. The Beijing Winter Olympics is approaching, and the theme for the dinner this year will be Winter Sport. Norway has traditionally been a strong force in the Winter Olympics Games, therefore it could be a fun arena for Norwegian companies to bring their guests to experience the atmosphere.

Limited seats available, so please register at your earliest convenience.

Date: 19th November 2021 (Friday)
Venue: Bellagio Hotel, Grand Ballroom, Level 2, No 188, North Suzhou Road, Hongkou, Shanghai.
Time: 18:00–22:00

You can find more information and how to register here.

22-23rd of November: Norway Jiangsu Offshore Wind Seminar

The Consulate General in Shanghai together with Jiangsu Provincial Department of Commerce will co-host a Norway Jiangsu Offshore Wind Seminar in Qidong 22-23 November. The seminar is supported by Innovation Norway and Nantong Municipal Government. It will offer a great chance to explore opportunities for Norwegian companies in Jiangsu’s offshore wind sector. The seminar will include a field trip to the shipyards of Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC) and COSCO Shipping in Qidong. Photo credit: Equinor

For further information, please contact Ms. Jiang Xuping:

27th of November: Save the Date! Klubb Norge’s Christmas dinner
Klubb Norge’s annual Christmas dinner is planned to take place 27 November. Klubb Norge welcomes everyone to an evening with Norwegian Christmas food, fun and entertainment. More information, including location, payment and registration, will come soon.

Other upcoming November events:

2nd of November: Bridging the New Green era with Innovation and Technology in Dalian
In conjunction H.E Ambassador Signe Brudeset's visit in Dalian, NBA is planning for a half day seminar on "Bridging the New Green era with Innovation and Technology -Decarbonization in Green Shipping". The event is organized by Norwegian Business Association China and supported by Innovation Norway.

Detailed program and registration can be found here.

25–27th of November: Norway Pavilion & Activities in Shenzhen
China Maritime Economy Expo (CMEE) is taking place on November 25-27th at Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center. On this occasion, NBA cordially invites your company and partners to join force of Norwegian pavilion and activities to introduce "Brand Norway" together with the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Guangzhou, Innovation Norway and Norwegian Energy Partners (NORWEP), in Shenzhen, 2021.

Detailed program and registration can be found here.

Previous highlights:

Team Norway gathering in Beijing

The annual Team Norway gathering in Beijing on October 26 was a success! The Embassy and Consulates General in Shanghai and Guangzhou, together with the Norwegian Business Association in China, the Norwegian Seafood Council and Norwegian Energy Partners had fruitful discussions on our cooperation on upcoming projects. At night, Ambassador Brudeset hosted a reception for our business partners. The residence garden was turned into a Norwegian Winter Wonderland to mark the 100-day countdown to the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022.

Visit the Norwegian pavilion at the world’s largest seafood expo

Innovation Norway in collaboration with the Norwegian Seafood Council organized a Norwegian pavilion at the China Fisheries & Seafood Expo held in Qingdao last month. 14 Norwegian companies joined the expo as well, both physically and digitally. Considered as one of the world’s most important marketplaces for seafood, it is estimated that the expo has attracted more than 1600 exhibitors from 53 countries.

The physical expo was held 27-29 October. The digital arena will remain open until the end of December. It means you still have the chance to explore the digital Norwegian pavilion. Just scan the qr-code we have provided below!

25th Anniversary of Nordic Centre, Fudan University

Norwegian Consul General Lise Nordgaard attended the 25th Anniversary Reception of the Nordic Centre at Fudan University 17 October together with the Danish, Swedish & Finnish Consulates General in Shanghai. Since 1995, Nordic Centre, Fudan University has served as an important vehicle to facilitate collaboration between researchers and students in the five Nordic countries and China. We look forward to more cooperation for another 25 years and beyond.

See more photos from the celebration on LinkedIn and Instagram!

Norwegian green technology presented in Nanjing and Suzhou

During October’s last week, ten Norwegian green technology companies presented themselves on two seminars in Nanjing and Suzhou. As many as 6,000 joined the event’s online livestream. The two seminars are part of the Global Growth China Greentech 2021 Program, run by Innovation Norway.

Innovation Norway collaborates with Jiangsu Department of Science & Technology to promote Norwegian environmental technologies and helping Norwegian environmental technologies to explore Chinese market opportunities and find Chinese partners. So far, ten Norwegian-Chinese joint Greentech R&D projects have been approved since the program started in 2019.

Check out for more information about the Norway-Jiangsu Greentech R&D Co-funding Scheme.

You can find more information about the ongoing Global Growth China Greentech R&D Commercialization 2021 here.

If you need more information, you can also contact Qin Shi in Innovation Norway:

Nordic PRIDE film screening

Promotion of LGBTQ rights is important in Norwegian national and foreign policy. This is also true for the other Nordic countries. In October, the four Nordic Consulates in Shanghai co-hosted the Nordic PRIDE film screening event at Goethe Institute in Shanghai. Representatives from LGBTQ communities and Nordic companies joined several panel discussions. Norway’s Consul General Lise Nordgaard highlighted the importance of supporting the rights of LGTBQ persons in her welcome remarks. Among the Nordic movies screened was the Norwegian documentary Hello World (Hei Verden). The movie first premiered in Norway during the summer this year.

Norway-China Green Smart City Forum 2021 concluded successfully

In the lead up to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics, Norway-China Green Smart City Forum was concluded successfully 28 October. More than 1,000 viewers watched the sessions online. Emphasizing Places & Spaces of Winter Sport Destinations, architects, designers and business operators of ski resorts were provided a unique platform to exchange ideas. Their ideas provided inspiring perspectives on how Norway and China can develop green and sustainable winter sport destinations. In addition to giving the opening remarks, Consul General Lise Nordgaard witnessed the MoU signing between Shanghai Smart City Development Institute and Nordic Edge Smart City Expo in Stavanger.

Physical activity as a source of well-being and good health!

Last month Consul General Lise Nordgaard visited the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Sports to exchange thoughts on future collaborations between Norway and Shanghai. Director Xu Bin gave a briefing about the Shanghai government's work to promote sports for all.

Our Consulate General was glad to hear about the government's prioritization of winter sports, which has gained popularity among Shanghainese. Given that the sports industry is one of China's fastest-growing markets, this is also a good business opportunity for Norwegian sports brands. Moreover, the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing was on the agenda. We look forward to following the Beijing Olympics, where both Norway and China will be competing for the gold medals.

Visit to Shanghai Stock Exchange

Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) is the world’s third-largest stock exchange by market capitalization. The Consulate General had the pleasure of visiting their new facilities and learn more about Shanghai’s ambition to become a Global Financial Centre. And now, time for the fun fact we would like to share with you: Did you know that the red on the Chinese share price display screens means that a share's price has gone up, rather than down –the opposite of many other countries where green means a share price has risen. Why? Simply because the red color symbolizes good fortune and joy in China.

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