Norway–Russia relations

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Norway–Russia relations
Map indicating locations of Norway and Russia


Dmitry Medvedev at an official greeting ceremony in Norway with Harald V of Norway

Norway–Russia relations (Russian: Норвежско-российские отношения or Российско-норвежские отношения) refers to the bilateral foreign relations between the two countries, Norway and Russia. The establishment of diplomatic relationships between the two countries happened on October 30, 1905, four days after the establishment of Norway's independence.[1] Russia has an embassy in Oslo and consulates in Barentsburg and Kirkenes, and Norway has an embassy in Moscow, and consulates in Murmansk and Saint Petersburg.



Denmark handled the foreign relations of Norway during this period. Denmark and Russia were in general allies against their mutual enemy Sweden. See Denmark–Russia relations.


Sweden handled the foreign relations of Norway during this period. The Norway–Russia border was defined in 1826.


Further information: Norway–Soviet Union relations

After 1991[edit]

Strains in bilateral relations[edit]

The environmentally devastating emissions from the Norilsk Nickel plant outside Nikel in the Murmansk Oblast[4] have for decades been an unresolved issue in Norway–Soviet, then Norway–Russia relations.

Formerly there was a territorial dispute over the Barents Sea, but on 27 April 2010 Norway and Russia officially resolved the territorial debate in the Barents Sea.[5]

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ Norwegian embassy
  2. ^ Norway, Russia agree on Barents Sea border
  3. ^ "Nå har Russland sendt en note – en formell, diplomatisk klage – til den norske ambassaden i Moskva."
  4. ^ Antonova, Maria (July 25, 2008). "Balancing Growth and Environment". The Moscow Times. Retrieved April 27, 2010. 
  5. ^ Norway, Russia agree on Barents Sea border


  • Соседи на Крайнем Севере: Россия и Норвегия: От первых контактов до Баренцева сотрудничества. Учебное пособие / Под ред. Т. Т. Фёдоровой. — Мурманск: Мурманское книжное издательство, 2001. — 384 с. — 1000 экз. — ISBN 5-85510-241-6