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Norway and NATO

As a founding member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Norway has been an active participant in NATO since the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty in Washington on the 4th of April 1949.

Together with the other eleven initial member nations, and the sixteen that has later joined NATO, Norway has played an active part in the creation of NATO as we know it today. This process is a continous reform process and NATO is still adapting to the changing security enviornment of the 21st century.

The Norwegian Delegation to NATO is staffed by personel from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence. Headed by Ambassador Øystein Bø, the mission of the Norwegian Delegation is to represent Norway on the North Atlantic Council and in other decision making bodies of the Alliance. Together with the other member nations, the Delegation develops and implements NATO policies, programs and activities. The Delegation also follows developments and activities within NATO, both structurally and politically, of interest to all areas of Norwegian foreign and defence policy.