Embassy of the United States, Oslo
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U.S. Embassy building comlpex in Oslo
The Embassy of the United States in Oslo is the diplomatic representation of the Federal government of the United States to the Kingdom of Norway. A brand new Embassy was put into service in May, 2017. The current Embassy is located in Morgedalsvegen 36, near the Makrellbekken Subway Station, in one of the city's western suburbs. Visitors to the Embassy are encouraged to use public transport.
Norwegian-American diplomatic history
With the dissolution of Sweden–Norway in 1905, the US became one of the first countries to establish diplomatic ties with Norway, that same year. During the Nazi German occupation of Norway in World War II, the United States had no diplomatic representation in Oslo, but the separate ambassador to Norway had diplomatic contact with the Norwegian government-in-exile in London. The Embassy was manned again right after the war.
The former Embassy Chancery on Henrik Ibsens gate in downtown Oslo was designed by Finnish–American architect Eero Saarinen, who also designed the American Embassy in London and the Gateway Arch in Saint Louis, Missouri. It was completed in 1959, and the base of the building, forms a horizontal triangle. Physical security measures, including a fence surrounding the chancery, were added after the September 11, 2001 attacks in the U.S.
Construction of the new embassy
For several years, a site was searched for to clarify where a future embassy should be located. Locally it was debated whether it was appropriate when it was suggested to build such a large embassy in a former forest area, that would mean that the public were shut out. In December 2005 Oslo City Council decided with the least possible majority that the Embassy should be offered a new embassy area in Huseby Forest, not far from Makrellbekken Subway Station.
On May 14, 2012, the groundbreaking ceremony for an embassy at the new location was conducted in Oslo. The US$228,000,000 project has a particular focus on environmental features and is constructed by Walsh Global of Chicago and the architects/engineers are EYP Architecture & Engineering.
The new embassy meets stricter requirements for security for US embassy buildings. It opened on May 15, 2017. The embassy at Makrellbekken in Oslo has achieved LEED Gold certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for its numerous green elements. The embassy’s environmental features includes the restoration of a seasonal stream that runs through the site, green roofs, preservation of existing landscape, maximized use of natural light and a ground-source heat exchange.
- Consular Section
- American Citizen Services
- Visa Services
- United States Commercial Service
- Defense Attaché
- Foreign Agricultural Service
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection
- Public Affairs
- Office of Defense Cooperation
- Department of Homeland Security (Immigration)
- United States Ambassador to Norway
- Norway–United States relations
- Embassy of Norway in Washington, D.C.
- New Embassy at Makrellbekken
- A Guide to the United States’ History of Recognition, Diplomatic, and Consular Relations, by Country, since 1776: Norway Office of the Historian
- U.S. Relations With Norway U.S. Department of State Fact Sheet, September 29, 2017
- Old Embassy Building Website of the Embassy of the United States, Oslo
- Opprop - vern Husebyskogen Web archive (in Norwegian)
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- Embassy achieves LEED Gold for its green elements! Website of the U.S. Embassy, Oslo
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