The Embassy of Norway in Berlin
Address: Rauchstrasse. 1, Berlin, D-10117
Tel: +49 30 50 50 58 600
Fax: +49 30 50 50 58 601
Amb. Elisabeth Walaas
Amb. Elisabeth Walaas is a Norwegian civil servant, diplomat and member of the Labor Party.
Amb. Walaas took her examen artium in 1975 in Tønsberg, and the cand.philol. degree in 1983 at the University of Bergen. Amb. Walaas worked as a school teacher before and after graduating from university.
Amb. Walaas served as deputy representative to the Norwegian Parliament from Hordaland from 1989–1993. From 1983 to 1990 she was a member of Bergen city council. She was appointed a political advisor, from 1987 to 1989 in the Ministry of Culture and Science and from 1990 to 1992 in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In 1992 Amb. Walaas was hired as a bureaucrat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 1997 she was promoted to head of department, from 2001 to 2004 she was a diplomat in Brussels and in 2005 she was appointed Norwegian ambassador to Croatia. In September 2007, during the second cabinet Stoltenberg, Amb. Walaas was appointed State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Both countries established diplomatic relations in 1905, after Norway’s independence. During World War II, Norway was occupied by Nazi Germany. Germany has an embassy in Oslo, and Norway has an embassy in Berlin and two consulates, in Düsseldorf and Hamburg.
Both countries are full members of NATO, and of the Council of Europe. There are around 6,251 Norwegians living in Germany and around 20,916 Germans living in Norway. To promote the German-Norwegian relations in 1982, the German-Norwegian society and 1988, the German-Norwegian Friendship Society were founded.