In 1971, Norway was among the first western countries that established diplomatic relations with Vietnam.
In 1996, Norway established its Embassy in Hanoi.
Since the early days of Norway-Vietnam relations, both sides have been maintaining high-level encounters. Most recently, Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg paid her first official visit to Vietnam in April 2015, and Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also visited Norway in May 2019.
In addition, the two Prime Ministers always meet each other, such as, on the sidelines of the G7 Summit and ASEM.
Over the last 5 decades, Norway and Vietnam have enjoyed a healthy and steadily evolving relationship in numerous areas such as fisheries, oil and gas, environment and climate change, education, gender equality, and human rights.
Norway has provided over 2.8 billion Krone of ODA to Vietnam (USD 320 million), and we are happy to see Vietnam has successfully developed into a middle-income country. This has marked a significant shift in our historical relationship. We are no longer donor and recipient countries, we are now equal partners bilaterally and multilaterally.
In addition to regular political consultations, our countries share a strong interest in increased trade and investments, especially in the marine/maritime sectors and clean energy. We work together to address global issues such as environmental protection, climate change, sustainable development, including sustainable ocean economy and promotion of a strong and efficient UN.
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs