Relations between Georgia and the Kingdom of Norway

Chronology of Diplomatic Relations

Diplomatic relations between Georgia and the Kingdom of Norway were established on June 5, 1992.

Diplomatic mission of Georgia to the Kingdom of Norway was opened in 2012. 

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Kingdom of Norway

  • H.E. Maia Kipshidze - 2017 – to date
  • H.E. Mamuka Tsikhelashvili  - 2012 - 2017

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Kingdom of Norway with residence in the Kingdom of Denmark

  • H.E. Nikoloz Rtveliashvili  - 2011-2012
  • H.E. David Kereselidze  - 2006-2011

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Norway to Georgia with residence in Baku

  • H.E. Helene Sand Andresen – 2019
  • H.E. Bård Ivar Svendsen - 2014 - 2018
  • H.E. Erling Skjønsberg - 2010-2014
  • H.E.  Jon Ramberg - 2007-2010
  • H.E. Steinar Gil - 2002-2006
  • H.E. Olav Berstad - 2000-2002
  • H.E. Per Tresselt - 1998-2000

Honorary Consul - Liana Sigua

Fields of Cooperation

Cooperation between interagency bodies is developing actively and comprises fields of defense, energy, culture, education and environment protection.

In November 2018, it became known that the Norwegian side decided to open the Embassy in Georgia.

In November 2018, after an almost 6 year break, Nordic tour of the Foreign Minister of Georgia took place. Within the tour, the minister also visited Norway.

Significant investment has been made by the Kingdom of Norway to Georgia`s energy sector in Adjara to enhance and develop the capacity of hydropower potential. In 2011 Georgian government and Norwegian company “Clean Energy” signed the memorandum of understanding. Since then, the company has already implemented “Shuaxevi” Hydropower project and the construction of further 4 hydropowers (Koromxeti, Sxalta, Xertvisi and Namaxvani) are in process.

In terms of further deepening the economic cooperation, it should be noted that the comprehensive Free Trade Agreement was signed with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA - Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), during the official visit of the Prime Minister of Georgia, Mr. Giorgi Kvirikashvili to the Swiss confederation, on 27 June 2016. The Agreement with the EFTA, the Association Agreement and the comprehensive Free Trade Agreement are considered to be the next important step towards further liberalisation of trade-economic relations of Georgia. In Norway Agreement entered into force on September 1, 2017.

Cooperation in the field of defense since 2010 has been very active and includes participation of personnel of the Ministry of Defense of Georgia in the Norwegian educational programs. To support Georgia`s defense capacity building, Norway took a leadership of NATO`s new “Trust Fund”. Till 2020, the fund will finance the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Assessment Center (JTEC), where Norway already has its own staff (including the head of the Center).

Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research actively cooperates with the Ministry of Education of Georgia to develop inclusive education at the public schools in the regions of Georgia. The cooperation will continue in the near future.

Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, the National Museum and Cultural Heritage Protection Agency of Georgia in cooperation with Norwegian Directorate of Cultural Heritage, rehabilitated Chitaia ethnographic open-air museum and reconstructed the district of Bethlehem.

The Norwegian government allocated 3 million Norwegian crowns to the International School of Economics, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, to train the new generation of students in the field of energy, economics and environmental protection.

Since 2008, Tbilisi State Conservatoire has been cooperating with the Norwegian Academy of Music. Music technology studio has been founded, which provides for the improvement of students’ qualification.

With the support of NORLAG and Oslo Deichmann Municipal Library, in penitentiary facility N5 a library has been opened and operates successfully.

With the support of the Norwegian legal experts (NORLAG) in Georgia, the Norwegian Government took an active part in improving the justice system and the reform of the penitentiary system in Georgia. In addition, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) worked to help IDPs. In 2013 the NORLAG`s and NRC missions mandates expired.

Useful Links:

Norwegian Embassy in Baku

Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Norwegian Parliament