South Africa may just be one of the most exciting countries to be these days. Having liberated herself from the shackles of apartheid only 20 years ago, South Africa stands out as a powerful example of a country that underwent – against all odds – a peaceful transformation. Thus the move to become a key international player regionally and globally was short.
Norway has been a proud partner to South Africa’s journey to freedom. During the Norwegian state visit to South Africa in 1997 Nelson Mandela told Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja that because of our support, Norway has a special place in South African hearts.
A strong platform was established between our two countries following the birth of democratic South Africa in 1994. We share the values and ideals of democracy, human rights, security and development. The state visit from President Jacob Zuma in 2011 contributed substantially to further enhancing our partnership. So did the visits from the President of the Norwegian Parliament, Olemic Thommessen, and the Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg in 2014. Many strong professional and personal connections between our people have been established over the years.
Through the Embassy website we hope to give you a better understanding of Norway and Norway as a partner to South Africa in areas such as economic cooperation, trade and business, climate change and environment, research, human rights, democracy, peace and reconciliation, and culture. The website will be kept up to date on events and news relating to the relationship between our two countries. Information for Norwegian businesses interested in establishing themselves in South Africa is also available. South Africans wanting to visit Norway can find information regarding visa application and Norway's culture and climate.
I hope that you will find our website both informative and interesting. If you have any comments or questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Your feedback is important to us.