Norway's National Day Reception 2018

Ambassador Kamsvåg, Chief Guest Ms. Ghanshyam and Mrs. Josephine Kamsvåg with the "Bunad group".

Following the morning flag-hoisting and family event, we celebrated our National Day with over 600 of our key contacts and guests in the Embassy garden on 18 May.

Ms Ruchi Ghanshyam, Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, graced the event as Chief Guest. 


Ambassador Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg welcoming the Chief Guest, Ms. Ruchi Ghanshyam.

The theme of this year's reception was the Norway India Partnership Initiative - (NIPI). Established in 2006, NIPI works with the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) of India to support maternal and child healthcare programs.


Exhibition of the NIPI health cooperation between Norway and India.



NIPI writing project coordinator, Ingvild Baustad Yuen with Embassy partner Jhpiego's Country Director, Dr. Bulbul Sood (right) and Counsellor Rannveig Rajendram.

As every year, Norwegian Salmon was a great attraction for all our guests, flown fresh all the way from Norway! 


The "salmon tent" ready to serve all the guests.

Another attraction was many of our Norwegian colleagues beating the heat and welcoming guests in the Norwegian National attire, the Bunad, which is mainly made from wool. Well, their effort was duly acknowledged by many of our guests, including the Chief Guest!

Check out the photos from the party here:


 Colleagues dressed in the national attire, the Bunad, at the reception.



Many people came to celebrate the National Day.



Head of Innovation Norway India, Mr. Helge Tryti (in the middle), with colleagues Azam Ali Khan and Marta Gjørtz.



Colleagues from the visa team.



Defense Attaché, Col. Geir Hagnes (left).



Embassy colleagues smiles after a successful event.

We look forward to welcoming you next year! For more photos from the reception, visit the Embassy's Facebook page.