Welcome to the website of the Embassy of Indonesia in Oslo, Norway.
Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world, consisting of over 17.000 islands, 6.000 of them uninhabited. The country is fourth most populous country in the world, after China, India, and United States, with over 240 million people. Indonesia hosts the most diverse culture as well as breathtaking landscapes.
Considered the sleeping giant of Southeast Asia with about 40% of the region’s economy, Indonesia enjoys robust growth of about 6% annually on average. Internationally, Indonesia played significant role especially amongst developing countries, among others through ASEAN, United Nations, G20, and G77, while also contributes to peace and development in the world, particularly in the South East Asia region.
Indonesia and Norway have a long history of relationship. Norway was amongst the first countries to recognize Indonesia’s independence, and in 1950 a diplomatic relation between the two countries was established. Indonesia opened its mission (Chancellerie Diplomatique) in Oslo in 1950, but was then closed in September 1960, and from 1960 to 1966 Norway was covered by Indonesian Embassy in Copenhagen, from 1966 to 1975 by Indonesian Embassy in Stockholm, and again from 1975 to 1981 by Indonesian Embassy in Copenhagen. In 1982, the Indonesian Government re-opened Indonesian Embassy in Oslo. Meanwhile, Norway opened its mission in Jakarta in 1971 and today it is amongst Norway’s biggest embassies in South East Asia.
Indonesia and Norway always enjoy close cooperation in various sectors as well as strong people to people contact, and now it is closer than ever. In particular, bilateral relation is marked by high-level personal relationship between the two Governments, as well as the two Foreign Ministries. These close relations are also reflected multilaterally through United Nations and other international organizations, and as such, they are proved to be huge assets in increasing bilateral relations at present, and in the future.
The growing relation between the two countries is showed among others with the visit of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to Norway in 2006 and 2010, and the visit of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg to Indonesia, twice in 2007. In November 2012, Crown Prince Haakon Magnus and Crown Princess Mette-Marit visited Indonesia, accompanied by a lot of prominent figures from the Government as well as business.
With Iceland, a diplomatic relation was established when Joint Declaration concerning the Establishment of Diplomatic Relation between the Government of Indonesia and the Government of Iceland was signed by RI Ambassador for Norway H.E. Mr. Usudo Notodirjo and Iceland Ambassador for Norway, H.E. Mr. Pall Asgeir Trygvasson in Oslo, on 13 July 1983. Just like with Norway, Indonesia and Iceland also enjoys close bilateral relation, and both countries enjoy close cooperation in various sectors.
Embassy of Indonesia in Oslo promotes bilateral relations and Indonesian interests in Norway and Iceland. This website is purposed to help us achieving that goal, by providing general information about Indonesia, its culture, society, history, government, as well as information related to trade, tourism and investment, and foreign policy. The website also contains information about visa, travel, and other consular matters.
I hope you find the website useful! And if you still need more information, please contact us in here.
Med Venlig Hilsen,
Yuwono A. Putranto
Ambassador of Indonesia
to Norway and Iceland