Bilateral Relations

Norway and Myanmar are enjoying close and growing bilateral relations, and cooperate on a broad range of issues. The past years have been characterised by frequent political contact and exchange of visits between the two countries. Then-President Thein Sein visited Norway in February 2013, as the first European country. In 2014, the Norwegian King Harald and Queen Sonja visited Myanmar together with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende and Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Mæland. Deputy Foreign Minister Bård Glad Pedersen visited Myanmar in July 2015. In November 2012, then-Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg formally opened the newly established Diplomatic Mission in Yangon. The permanent Norwegian presence in Myanmar was upgraded to Embassy upon the arrival of Ambassador Ann Ollestad on 28 October 2013.