This is not the first time working in the Balkans. From 2004 to 2007, he worked for the UN mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), with frequent travels in the region, including to Belgrade, a city he has come to love.
“I’m back. At last. I am especially happy that I will live in Belgrade. Belgrade is a beautiful city in a country with a fascinating history. Serbia has a lot to offer.”
Geir has made the move to Serbia with his wife and three children. This is the first time the whole family has moved abroad, but they have had a great time so far. The kids have already enjoyed delicious cevapcici, explored Kalemegdan and gone swimming in Ada.
Before coming to the Embassy, Geir worked in the legal section as an advisor at the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), with specific responsibility for development projects in the Balkans. With a legal background from the development sector, Geir is eager to take on his new role as first secretary, working on analysis and reporting on political and economic affairs.
“The position with the Embassy provides a unique opportunity to acquire a solid understanding of the Balkans in general and of Serbia in particular. The Balkans is currently at “a political crossroads”, with multiple political processes going on or underway, so these are interesting times for Serbia.”
Geir also has ambitions to learn Serbian, however, saying he is going to be “dedicated in his efforts, but realistic about the outcome”.
Hvala vam Geir, dobrodošli u Srbiju.