The U.S. established diplomatic relations with Norway in 1905, following Norway's separation from its union with Sweden. The U.S. and Norway enjoy a long tradition of friendly relations based on democratic values and mutual respect. The U.S. and Norway work closely together on a wide range of issues that are of importance to our nations and to the rest of the world. Norway is a co-founder and steadfast strategic Ally in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). It hosts and participates in NATO exercises and in operations with Allies and Partners, and is a contributor to the, NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, which provides training, advice and support to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. Norway is also an active member of the Counter-ISIS Coalition, and has deployed trainers in Iraq in the support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
Bilateral Economic Relations
The U.S. and Norway have a dynamic economic partnership that is creating jobs, driving the development of safe and secure energy sources, and fostering a healthy environment. As the world’s third largest exporter of natural gas and eighth largest exporter of oil, Norway plays an important stabilizing role in energy markets and energy security. Many U.S. companies participate in Norway’s petroleum sector, and vice versa. The U.S. and Norway are also committed to increasing access to modern energy services for the 1.4 billion people on the planet today who do not have any access to energy.