Ambassador Svein Ole SætherAmbassador Svein Ole Sæther

Ambassador's Message

Last updated: 19.08.2013 // Dear reader, I am pleased to welcome you to the official website of Norway in China.

Norway and China has a long, joint history. Norway was among the first Western countries to establish diplomatic relations with China, in 1954. But our common history goes far beyond this date.  For instance, the Norwegian company DNV – Det Norske Veritas - established its first office in Xiamen in 1888. Norwegian ships made regular visits to Chinese ports long before that.

Today we are building a comprehensive relationship between our two countries, which covers a wide range of areas of mutual interest expanding from economy and trade, to arctic cooperation, energy issues, environmental protection, education and research collaboration and cultural exchange.

China’s importance to Norway is also reflected in the expansion of Norwegian diplomatic presence in the country, which consists of the Embassy in Beijing, Consulates General in Shanghai and Guangzhou, and an Honorary Consulate in Hong Kong. We apply a broad and concerted approach to promote Norwegian interests and strive to bring our partnership with China to a new level. I encourage you to further explore the services we provide on behalf of the Norwegian Government through this website.

Norway has an increasing interest in China as a travel destination, as a business opportunity and as a cultural source. We have also witnessed a significant increase in the number of Chinese tourists travelling to Norway, the main attraction being the magnificent fjords and mountains.

There are close to 200 Norwegian companies in China. Three Norwegian business organizations; the Norwegian Business Forum in Beijing (NBF), the Norwegian Business Association in Shanghai (NBA) and the Norwegian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (NCCHK) contribute to the success of Norwegian companies and individuals doing business in China and are important partners to the Embassy and the Consulates.

It is my hope that the relations between China and Norway will continue to expand in the years to come.  Norway would like to learn more about China, and we would like to share best practices. We want to be China’s partner in its development, in its international cooperation and in addressing common opportunities and challenges.

Svein O. Sæther


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