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Mongolia–Norway relations are foreign relations between Mongolia and Norway. Diplomatic relations were established on 11 January 1968. [1] Mongolia is represented to Norway via its Embassy in Brussels while Norway is represented in Mongolia by its embassy in Beijing. There is also a Norwegian honorary consulate general in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator. Mongolia has decided to establish a new embassy in Stockholm to which it plans to relocate it principal representation to from Brussels. [2]

There are currently about 20 Norwegians in Mongolia, and most of them are related to the work of the Norwegian Lutheran Mission (NLM). [1] NLM has performed development activities in Mongolia since 1994. In 2007 , the total Norwegian aid to Mongolia amounted to 5.4 million NOK. [1] There are 108 people of Mongol descent living in Norway, 78 being immigrants[3]

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There has traditionally been only modest diplomatic contact between Mongolia and Norway, though according to Norwegian foreign minister Jonas Gahr Støre bilateral relations have been "good and fruitful" ever since they were established. [4] Contact began to increase from 1990, for example the Crown Prince of Norway, visited Mongolia in November 2008 as goodwill ambassador for UNDP - the United Nations Development Programme. [5] [4] The Crown Prince's visit marked the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Norway and Mongolia, which also saw the foreign ministers of the two nations exchange of congratulations. [4]

President of the Norwegian Parliment , Kirsti Kolle Grøndahl along with Jorgen Kosmo visited Mongolia, in 1999 and again in 2004. In 2001 deputy-speaker J. Byambadorj visited Norway where he met with the speaker of the Norwegian parliament on the cooperation between the two countries including developmental aid. [6]

Parliamentary vice-president Carl I. Hagen represented Norway during Mongolia's 800-year anniversary in 2006. Auditor General Jørgen Kosmo visited the country in 2007 to launch an aid-funded collaboration on capacity building. The chairman of the Mongolian parliament (the State Great Hural) visited Norway in 1997 and 2006. There have been Mongolian foreign minister visits to Norway in 2000 and 2007.

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