Mr. Bård Ludvig Thorheim, Political Adviser to Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, will visit Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa from May 28 to June 1, 2018. The visit aims to reinforce cultural and commercial ties between Norway and the Midwest.
Mr. Thorheim will visit several institutions with ties to Norway, such as the Sons of Norway and Norway House in Minneapolis; Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, Iowa; Luther College and Augsburg University (both founded by Norwegian immigrants); and the Giants of the Earth Heritage Center in Spring Grove, Minn.
“Almost 5 million Americans claim Norwegian heritage — nearly as many as the number of Norwegians in Norway. A majority of them live in the Midwest. Together they contribute to strong and tight-knit relations between Norway and the United States,” says Mr. Thorheim.
During his visit, Mr. Thorheim will also meet with staff at the local offices of U.S. Senators and members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce and individual companies with ties to both countries will also be included in the program.
A recent study made by the Embassy of Norway in Washington, D.C. shows that Norwegian investments and trade with Norway support nearly half a million jobs in the United States. Around 8,000 of them are in Minnesota, 4,200 in Iowa, more than 1,500 in South Dakota and nearly 1,400 in North Dakota.
On May 29, Mr. Thorheim will participate at a seminar and a lecture, at Augsburg University and Sons of Norway respectively, where the focus will be on how Norway’s Constitution was inspired by the principles and values of the American Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
For questions about the program, or requests for interviews, please contact Press Counselor Jon-Åge Øyslebø at the Embassy of Norway in Washington, D.C., cell: 202-247 7998, email: [email protected]
Washington D.C., May 24, 2018