Norway-Sudan relations
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Salva Kiir and Erik Solheim-1, by Stein Ove Korneliussen

Erik Solheim, Norwegian Minister of the Environment and International Development, meeting with Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of South Sudan and Vice President of Sudan, during a visit to Sudan in 2007

Norway – Sudan relations are international relations between Norway and Sudan.

Sudan has an embassy Oslo. Norway has an embassy in Khartoum and an consulate-general in Juba.

There are 1,318 Sudanese people living in Norway[1]. Most of them are Christian refugees and people from Darfur. Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs discourages people from travelling to Darfur because of the ongoing civil unrest.[2]

Norway is the largest donor country of development aid to Sudan. Norway supported the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the North and the South of the country.


In 2005 Norway helped broker the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and hosted a humanitarian aid conference to raise international money for the Sudan.[3] In 2006 Norway was one of the few European nations that contributed to the United Nations peacekeeping force during the War in Darfur. 170 specialist troops were sent.[4] In 2007 Erik Solheim, the Norwegian Minister for International Cooperation visited the Sudan and met with Salva Kiir Mayardit. At a joint press conference it was announced that Norway would provide $US 100 million a year for development.[5] In 2008 Norway said it would provide $US 490 million in humanitarian aid for the period of 2008 through 2011.[6] The announcement was made during a three-day donor conference hosted by Norway.[6] The total amount raised at the meeting was US$ 4.8 billion.[3] At the meeting Sudanese Vice President Ali Osman Taha called for increased support.[3] Hilde Frafjord Johnson, the former Norwegian aid minister who help broker the 2005 peace accord, said the peace effort suffered two setbacks: the death of John Garang in the 2005 plane crash, and the continued fighting Darfur.[3]

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  1. Statistics Norway - Persons with immigrant background by immigration category and country background. 1 January 2010
  2. "Dit du ikke bør reise" (in Norwegian). Bergens Tidende. 2009-12-25. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Donors at Norway meeting pledge $4.8B to Sudan". Associated Press at USA Today. May 7, 2008. Retrieved 2010-05-18. "Donor countries and organizations meeting in Norway on Wednesday pledged aid worth about $4.8 billion to Sudan through 2011, according to preliminary figures presented by a World Bank official. ..." 
  4. "Norway Backs Peacekeeping Force in Darfur". AllAfrica. September 2, 2006. Retrieved 2010-05-18. "Amidst reports indicating the imminence of another flare-up of violence in southern Sudan, Norway is among few European countries ready to contribute to a peacekeeping force." 
  5. "Sudanese vice-president to visit Norway next week". Sudanese Media Centre in the BBC. May 24, 2007. Retrieved 2010-05-18. "Norwegian Minister for International Cooperation Erik Solheim, who is currently visiting Sudan has revealed that First Vice-President ..." 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Norway sets aside $490 mln in Sudan aid to 2011". Reuters. May 5, 2008. Retrieved 2010-05-18. "Norway said on Monday it would allocate nearly $490 million in aid to Sudan in 2008-2011 and said it hoped other donor states would follow its lead." 
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