Sole U.S. diplomatic station above Arctic Circle opened in Tromso, Norway

The city of Tromso in Arctic Norway. (Eilís Quinn/Eye on the Arctic)

The United States opened a diplomatic station in Tromso, Norway on Friday, its sole such post above the Arctic Circle. 

“The Tromsø American Presence Post will strengthen our collaboration with Norway on the climate crisis, people-to-people ties, trade, and security,” Liz Allen, the State Department’s under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs said on X. 

Allen said the new post will also facilitate closer ties with Arctic Indigenous Peoples.

“The new American Presence Post in Tromsø will fortify these people-to-people ties as we listen to, learn from, and collaborate with Indigenous communities and future Arctic leaders,” she said.

Station will “will further strengthen our close cooperation” says Norway

Washington revealed plans to establish the post back in June, which was to be manned by a single diplomat.

On Friday, Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the new station would help solidify the two countries’ Arctic ties.

“Norway and the US share a long and proud history of close collaboration on Arctic issues,” Eivind Vad Petersson, the State Secretary to the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affair, said on X. 

“Today’s opening of a re-established diplomatic presence in Tromsø, will further strengthen our close cooperation.”

Canada withdrawing from Arctic

Tromso is the seat of the Arctic Council secretariat, the international forum made up of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Russia and the United States. The city is also near the Finnish, Swedish and Russian Arctic.

But at the same time Washington is beefing up its footprint in the area, Canada has been winding down its presence.

In July, Ottawa announced it was closing its Canadian International Arctic Centre (CIAC) office in Oslo, Norway and relocating back to Canada. 

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