Diplomatic Ties

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. 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, Prime Ministers of the two countries always meet each other, such as, on the sidelines of the G7 Summit and ASEM.
  • 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 was among key ODA international donors to Vietnam with a total amount of over 2.8 billion Krone (USD 320 million). As Vietnam has successfully developed into a middle-income country, the historical relationship between the two countries shifted. Norway and Vietnam are no longer donor and recipient countries, but equal partners, bilaterally and multilaterally.
  • In addition to regular political consultations, Norway and Vietnam work together  on the global issues such as environmental protection, climate change, green shift to cleaner and renewable energies, sustainable development, including sustainable ocean economy and promotion of a strong and efficient UN.
  • In 2021, among the pandemic, the two countries celebrated the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties with several activities. See here for more information.
  • In March 2023, after the Covid 19, Norway and Vietnam succesfully resumed political consultation at the vice-ministerial level. Norway's delegation was led by the State Secretary of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr Earling Rimestad.
  • In November 2023, Vietnamese Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan paid her first official visit to Norway. She met with Norwegian Crown Prince, Prime Minister, Storting President and the Minister of Culture and Equality.