New Embassy in Oslo
Following a decision by the Government, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Brian Cowen T.D., announced today that Ireland will open a resident Embassy in Oslo at an early date.
The Minister said that Norway had until now represented a significant gap in our diplomatic coverage of Western Europe. "The new Embassy is part of a targeted development of our representation overseas in line with Ireland's essential national interests, both political and economic", he said.
Ireland and Norway established diplomatic relations in 1949. Norway has had an Embassy in Dublin since 1983, while up to now Irish diplomatic coverage has been provided by the Irish Embassy in Copenhagen.
Recent expansion of the Irish diplomatic network has included Embassies in Mexico and Singapore, Consulates General in Shanghai and Sydney and a Representative Office to the Palestinian Authority on the West Bank.