Statement by USA Secretary Blinken on Norway’s National Day


On behalf of the United States of America, I extend heartfelt congratulations to the people of Norway as they celebrate Constitution Day.

People with flags on Oslo’s main street to celebrate Norway’s national day. – GETTY

As friends, Allies, and fellow Arctic nations, the United States and Norway stand together in pursuit of common goals, such as promoting regional security and sustainable, inclusive economic prosperity. We also join together to advance the green transition, addressing energy needs and the global climate crisis together. Over the past year, our relationship has grown even stronger with the opening of the U.S. diplomatic presence post in Tromsø.

As fellow founding NATO members celebrating 75 years of the Alliance, we have long been united by our common values, as defined in both of our Constitutions. The United States commends Norway for its plan to reach NATO’s shared commitment to spend at least 2 percent of its gross domestic product on defense during this calendar year.

Norway’s leadership in the face of Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine has shown how these guiding principles unite us in the face of authoritarian regimes. The Nansen Program remains an exemplary long-term commitment to support the people of Ukraine.

On this special day, we reaffirm our commitment to the strong and enduring friendship between our two nations, as guided by our shared belief in democracy, freedom, and the rule of law.

Gratulerer med dagen, Norway! May our partnership continue to thrive, bringing peace, prosperity, and progress to both our nations and the world.

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