Ambassador’s insights

It’s Good to Have Friends—the Norwegian-American Security Relationship

If you were to google “U.S. military and Norway,” the top video result would be footage of very cold and wet U.S. Marines struggling to clamber out of a hole in the ice on a frozen lake. It can be entertaining. But more important, it is an example of the excellent Norwegian–American security relationship and the close partnership between democracies on both sides of the North Atlantic.

By |December 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

Toward a Green Transition

When I was growing up, Norway wasn’t the rich, oil-producing, technologically advanced country that you see today. The last import restrictions on cars weren’t lifted until 1960. Telephone coverage was spotty: If you wanted a phone in your house, you might have to wait up to two years for a technician to come install one.

By |October 3rd, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

Social Welfare Services—A Good Investment

Every now and then I meet people who ask me about the level of social welfare services available in Norway. Many are impressed by the coverage, which includes health care benefits for everyone, one year of parental leave, unemployment benefits and a minimum retirement payment—even for people who have never worked.

By |July 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |Comments Off on Social Welfare Services—A Good Investment

50 Years of Oil and Gas

This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the first commercial oil and gas field, Ekofisk, in the Norwegian part of the North Sea. Growing up in Oslo in the 1960s and ’70s, I saw how oil and gas transformed Norway.

By |June 27th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |Comments Off on 50 Years of Oil and Gas

Timeless Ideas Guide Norway’s Foreign Policy

Every May, Norwegians all over the world celebrate Syttende Mai, Norway’s Constitution Day. Signed 205 years ago, Norway’s is the second-oldest written constitution in the world that is still in use. The oldest, which in many ways served as a model for Norway’s founding fathers, is the American Constitution.

By |May 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |Comments Off on Timeless Ideas Guide Norway’s Foreign Policy

Norway in International Politics

Over the past couple of years, I’ve published a blog on various topics pertaining to international diplomacy, first on HuffingtonPost.com and then on WashingtonDiplomat.com. While I enjoyed the opportunity to get my thoughts out there, I was never sure I was reaching quite the right audience.

By |April 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |Comments Off on Norway in International Politics