Namaste, and welcome to the Norwegian Embassy in Nepal!
Our two countries established diplomatic relations already in 1973, and we can trace our presence here back to the early 1950s. The embassy opened in 2001 as our relations expanded, in particular through development cooperation.
In light of our close ties, the Norwegian government made Nepal a prioritized country for its development aid. As a long-term partner, Norway will continue our efforts to support the transformation of Nepal into an inclusive society based on democratic foundations. Our overall objectives are to assist Nepal in reaching sustainable development, reducing poverty, and promoting respect for human rights, transparent governance, and social equity.
The cooperation in the educational field will continue to be a cornerstone of our relations. Another important area of our cooperation will be the energy sector, using our Norwegian experiences with renewable sources such as hydropower, solar, wind and biomass in particular.
There are also an increasing number of Norwegian actors engaged in long-term partnerships with Nepali civil society and NGOs in a wide area of fields. Our national partners continue to impress us with their resilience and valuable work towards Nepal’s democratic transition. I look forward to continue our good relations.
Further, almost three thousand Norwegians visit Nepal every year, attracted by its unique mountains and culture. I hope this will continue, as tourism is vital to the overall economy of Nepal.
It is my hope that relations between Nepal and Norway will continue to expand in the years to come. Any developing country need a strong and vibrant private sector to meet the social and economic aspirations of its people. I take great pleasure in being part of this development and find it personally very rewarding to explore this beautiful country and to meet the Nepali people.
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Lasse Bjørn Johannessen