Norway’s State Secretary (Deputy Minister) of Foreign Affairs Ms Tone Skogen paid a visit to Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic 18-19 May and Hanoi, Vietnam 19-20 May. This year Norway celebrates 45 years of diplomatic relations with Vietnam, and 25 years with Lao PDR. The visit illustrated a broad spectrum of issues of common interest and areas of cooperation with both countries.

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Photo: Hege M. Kolshus Hansen/MFA Norway.

The Embassy will be closed on Tuesday 17 May 2016, the Norwegian Constitution Day (National Day).

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Photo: UN/Eskinder Debebe.

Today, World Press Freedom Day is being celebrated with more than 100 events all over the world. The overarching theme for this year’s international event is access to information and fundamental freedoms.

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Photo: MFA.

Norway hosts the sixth World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Oslo from June 21 to 23. The Congress will attract 1300 participants from over 80 countries, including ministers, parliamentarians, academics, lawyers, and members of civil society.

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On the occasion of the “ASIA 2016 International Conference and Exhibition on Water Resources and Hydropower Development in Asia” in Vientiane, this greeting from Ambassador Siren Gjerme Eriksen was printed in Vientiane Times on 2 March 2016 (text below).

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Photo: Berit Roald.

Ambassaden oppfordrer norske borgere som oppholder seg i Vietnam eller Laos for en kortere eller lengre periode å registrere seg på Reiseregistrering.no

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched 18 January 2016 a new strategy for efforts to promote freedom of expression. ‘Freedom of expression and independent media are under growing pressure. Norway is therefore strengthening its international work in this field,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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