Norway–Sweden relations

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Norway–Sweden relations
Map indicating locations of Norway and Sweden

Norway

Sweden

Norway–Sweden relations are foreign relations between Norway and Sweden. The countries established diplomatic relations in 1905, after the dissolution of the union between them in 1905.

Sweden has an embassy in Oslo and 14 consulates, in Ålesund, Arendal, Bergen, Bodø, Hamar, Hammerfest, Kirkenes, Mandal, Moss, Narvik, Porsgrunn, Stavanger, Tromsø and Trondheim.[1] Norway has an embassy in Stockholm and three consulates, in Gothenburg, Malmö and Sundsvall.

Both countries are full members of the Council of Europe and the Nordic Council. There are around 44,773 Norwegians living in Sweden and around 100,000 Swedes living in Norway.[2]

International border[edit]

Crossing the border between Sweden and Norway is relatively simple. No passport is required due to the Nordic Passport Union and there are no physical border obstructions. However, since Norway is not part of the European Union customs controls can be made if travelling by car to prohibit smuggling. Foreign citizens requiring visa to either state are not allowed to cross the border legally without applying for visa again. There are no restrictions on non-felon Swedish and Norwegian people's rights to live in the neighboring country.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Norway". Regeringskansliet. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  2. ^ Statistics Norway