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The Ambassador of Norway to the United States, His Excellency, Knut Vollebæk came
to Mankato on
September 12-13, 2003


Events held during his visit

  • Reception at Bethany Lutheran College Friday September 12, 2003.
  • Norwegian Heritage and Cultural Fair in the Centennial Student Union at MSU on Saturday September 13, 2003
  • The Ambassador was the keynote speaker at a banquet, 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 13, 2003 in the Centennial Student Union ballroom.

Click here to view pictures
of the event!


Information about
Knut Vollebæk

Diplomatic Career

  • Joined the Norwegian Foreign Service 1973. Served at Norwegian Embassies in India, Spain and Zimbabwe. Norway's Ambassador to the Central American States with residence in Costa Rica, 1991-1993
  • Director of UN Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1986-1989, Director General, Department of Bilateral Cooperation, 1993-1994 and Assistant Secretary General (Development), 1994-1997
  • Norwegian Delegate to the UN General Assemblies 1982-1983 and 1986-1988
  • Norwegian Delegate to ILO
  • Member of the Borad of Norway's UNESCO Commitee

UN Positions

  • Deputy Co-Chairman of the UN in the International Conference on Former Yugoslavia (UN/EU), 1993
  • Rapporteur to the Anti-Apartheid Committee of ILO, Geneva, 1988 and 1989
  • Organizer of the SARRED Conference (Southern African Refugees, Returnees and Displaced Persons Conference) 1988
  • Governor, Inter-American Development Bank, Asian Development Bank and African Development Bank 1994-1997
  • Norway's Representative to the International Conference on Central American Refugees (CIREFCA), 1991-1993


Norwegian Ambassador, Knut Vollebæk

The Norwegian
National Anthem




  • M.Sc. in Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Bergan, 1972
  • Studies in Political Science at the University of Oslo, 1966-1967 and postgraduate studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, 1972-1973
  • Studies in French language and culture at I'Institut Catholique de Paris, 1965-1966
  • Studies in Spanish language and culture at Universidad Complutense, Madrid, 1969

The videos from the Ambassador's visit are for sale for $15.00 each, or three for $35.00. Add $3.00 for mailing one video.

The contents of the videos are as follows:

Video #1 – Reception hosted by Bethany Lutheran College, music by Adrian Lo and the Riverbend Consort. Ambassador’s speech at the reception and also at a class at BLC that same day.

Video #2 – Banquet at MSU with Part One of Lin-Hans-Rud dancers’ 2003 program and the ambassador’s speech.

Video #3 – Booth interviews at the Sons of Norway Heritage and Cultural Fair and Part Two of the Lin-Hans-Rud dancers’ program at the banquet.

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Sons of Norway,
PO Box 1091,
Mankato, MN 56002.

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