Norway, Canada: Natural Partners in the North

When the present Norwegian government took office in 2005, it declared the High North a top national priority.

Jonas Gahr Støre
Published: Thursday, 11/06/2008 12:00 am EST

When the present Norwegian government took office in 2005, it declared the High North a top national priority. In December 2006, the government presented its comprehensive High North Strategy, which involves most of the government ministries. Last month in Ottawa, Norway and Canada held the third series of meetings in our ongoing, comprehensive dialogue on the Arctic and northern areas. These meetings have further strengthened Norway's conviction that our two countries have common views and interests in the region. I am pleased to note that we can learn practical lessons from each other and that we are already benefiting from useful co-operation. However, there is still potential for us to work more closely together.

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