I have served as Norway’s Ambassador to the United States for the past seven years. It has been a privilege and an honor to work every day on further developing the already excellent relationship between our two countries. In a few weeks I will leave Washington, D.C., and move on to new challenges.
It is a strange time to end my tenure here in the United States, as the whole world since late winter has been challenged by a health crisis the likes of which we have not seen in our lifetimes. It affects us all profoundly. It impacts our economy and way of life to such an extent that I believe we will never really return to our old ways in all respects.
Let me reflect on a few issues that come to mind as particularly important after these years.