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Political Cooperation


Political Cooperation

Italy was among the first countries to recognized Norway as an independent state in the autumn of 1905 and the bilateral relations between the two countries are traditionally excellent at all levels.

The political dialogue between Italy and Norway develops both in a bilateral context, through their membership in the major international organizations (UN, NATO, OECD, Council of Europe), and through their participation in bodies for multilateral, regional cooperation (IGAD, Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan, Middle-East, Sri Lanka). Italy participates as observer in the Arctic Council, the Euro-Artic Barents Council, the Council of the Baltic Sea States.

Italy and Norway share fundamental values and share similar, often convergent, positions on key international issues (multilateralism, international law, human rights, human security -disarmament and proliferation- poverty reduction). Both countries are actively present in international missions (Balkans, Afghanistan, Hebron-TIPH 2) and both countries are committed in fostering peace and stability through their involvement in a number of facilitation efforts towards the solution of crises and conflicts, even “of minor importance”.

In the diplomatic relations between two countries a moment of particular importance is the State Visit.
The first Norwegian King to undertake a State Visit to Italy after the second world war was King Olav V in April 1967. The first President of the Italian Republic to visit Norway was Giuseppe Saragat in June 1965. King Harald V and Queen Sonja paid a state visit to Italy in October 2001 and President Carlo Azegio Ciampi and Franca Ciampi visited Norway in September 20O4.


On 5-8 April 2016 King Harald V and Queen Sonja
, accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende and the Minister of Petroleum and Energy Tord Lien State undertook the last State Visit to Italy (Rome and Milan).
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In June 2011 Crown Prince Haakon was in Rome to represent Norway in the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Italy's unification.

For a detailed list over visits and meetings in recent years please see the section "Meetings".