Our two countries enjoy excellent bilateral relations, which was established on 20 February 1992. Today, Croatia has an embassy in Oslo and Norway has an embassy in Zagreb and honorary consulates in Dubrovnik and Rijeka.
Norway has been cooperating closely with Croatia since the country's independence, always with the goal of contributing to the social and economic progress and supporting Croatian integration with Euro-Atlantic structures. The relations between Norway and Croatia are closely linked with our two countries’ participation in European political and economic cooperation. Though not a member of the EU, Norway pursues an active European policy through the European Economic Area (EEA) and the Schengen cooperation. Through the EEA and Norway Grants we contribute to reducing social and economic disparities based in bilateral cooperation with 16 EU member states – one of them being Croatia as of April 2014. The funds support business innovation, justice reforms, civil society, decent work and education in Croatia, and I look forward to see increased cooperation between Croatian and Norwegian partners within all these areas in the years to come.
Defense and security issues are other central elements in Norwegian-Croatian relations. Both countries are today members of NATO, which is key to European and transatlantic security and stability. The continuation of cooperation between Norway and Croatia is a central part of Norwegian politics in the Western Balkans.
The maritime sector has always been at the centre of our trade relations, as we share long maritime traditions. Many Norwegian ships have been built in Croatian shipyards and Croatian maritime officers serve in the Norwegian merchant fleet. A good example of our cooperation is the establishment of iNavis Maritime Innovation Center in Šibenik, a joint Norwegian-Croatian project which promotes networking and cooperation in the maritime sector. The potential in the energy sector and environmental protection technologies can also bring new opportunities for closer cooperation between Norwegian and Croatian businesses.
With its beautiful coastline and landscapes, Croatia is an increasingly popular holiday destination for Norwegian tourists. Each year, over 200.000 Norwegian tourists visit Croatia. This continues to strengthen the friendship between our two countries.
On this website and our Facebook page you will find out more about Norway and our relations with Croatia, and about Norwegian events in Croatia. I hope that you will find it both informative and interesting. You can also follow me on Twitter, @AstridVersto. If you have any comments or questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us on email@example.com.