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U.S. Relationship

U.S.-Norway Relations

The United States established diplomatic relations with Norway in 1905, following Norway’s separation from its union with Sweden. The United States and Norway enjoy a long tradition of friendly relations based on democratic values and mutual respect. 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. In June 2022, the U.S.-Norway Supplementary Defense Cooperation Agreement entered into force, which modernizes the framework for visiting U.S. forces and reflects our shared commitment as NATO Allies to Transatlantic security. U.S. military personnel train for cold weather exercises in Norway. Norway is an active member of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS and has deployed trainers to Iraq in the support of Operation Inherent Resolve. In February 2023, the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Armed Forces signed an agreement under the National Guard State Partnership Program, following 50 years of the Norwegian-Minnesota National Guard Reciprocal Exchange.

Bilateral Economic Relations

The United States and Norway have a dynamic economic partnership that is creating jobs, driving the development of safe and secure energy sources, and fostering innovation. In 2022, Norway became the largest supplier of natural gas to Europe, playing a critical role in European energy security. Norway is deploying clean technology, including investing in U.S. offshore wind on both coasts, and building clean energy manufacturing facilities that create American jobs.

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