Norway pledges NOK 1.5 million (around USD 175,000) to Norway House in Minneapolis. The funds will help to build a new event centre that aims to strengthen cooperation between the business sector in Norway and the Midwest. Construction is scheduled to start in the fall next year.
- Norwegian technology companies are at the forefront internationally, and there is great potential in the Midwest. By supporting this expansion of Norway House, we want to showcase Norway as a leader in technology, with a dynamic business community that is ready to grasp the opportunities that are available in the United States, says Norway’s Minister of Trade and Industry Torbjørn Røe Isaksen.
- There are strong historical and cultural ties between Norway and the Midwest. The expansion of Norway House provides an excellent opportunity to present modern-day Norway, with a focus on innovation and the business sector. Norway House also highlights the close ties between the people of Norway and the United States, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide says.
There are 850,000 people of Norwegian heritage living in Minnesota alone, and a total of 2.3 million Norwegian Americans in the Midwest. A number of Norwegian technology companies are already established in the Midwest, and the expansion of Norway House will strengthen cooperation and shed light on new opportunities. Key local industries include health technology, biotechnology, green energy and unmanned aerial systems.
The Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries has pledged NOK 1 million for the project, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is providing another NOK 500,000. These funds will be used for a new building in connection with the existing education centre. This building will have a focus on promoting business. Other financing will be provided by the private and public sectors in the United States and Norway.
Jon-Åge Øyslebø, Press Counselor, Embassy of Norway, Washington, D.C.
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Christina Carleton, Executive Director, Norway House, Minneapolis
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