Korean War & UN

We pay tribute to those who died in Korea fighting for freedom and peace.

 

  A country in the western part of the Scandinavian Scandinavian Peninsula of Northern Europe
Location : Western Scandinavian Peninsula
Area : 323,802㎢
Capital : Oslo
Political System : Constitutional Monarchy
Language : Norwegian
Currency : CR


Its official name is Kingdom of Norway, and the ridge of the peninsula serves as its border and touches Sweden, Finland and Russia. Its coast line borders the Arctic, the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the Skagerrak Strait. Svalbard, Jan Mayen Island and Bouvet Island in the South Atlantic belong to Norway.

Though its land is positioned in the far north, its climate is relatively mild due to the Western Boundary Current that begins as the Gulf Stream and exerts its influence to the Arctic. There is a wide difference in the average temperature from the coast to the mountainous inland. It is cool along the coast in summer and mild in winter, while further inland the larger the temperature range. There is relatively plenty of precipitation in the southern and western coastal areas and relatively very little precipitation in the northern areas and inland.

The length of day light from summer and winter differs greatly and the ‘white night’ is seen in northern Norway in summer. Because tundra covers much of its mountainous areas, its forest land consists of only about 27% of its territory. Coniferous forests are common in the southern and central areas while boreal coniferous forests are found in the north. Only 3% of its land is agricultural.

86% of its people are Evangelical Lutheran, its national religion, although the Norwegian Constitution guarantees the freedom of religion. Christianity penetrated Norway when the royal members studying abroad returned baptized as Christian around the 10th century. Norway is considered one of the last countries in Europe in which Christianity propagated. Its natural environment of tough terrains, harsh climate and not having enough natural resources has produced a people of imagination, patience and adventurism. Their creativity can be found via legends, myth and the folk songs prevailing in the country, as well as the many great writers the country has produced. Viking patience and adventurism are perhaps not only the basis for their outstanding shipping industry today, but also the reason why many great explorers have been Norwegian.

 

Korea and Norway established diplomatic relations in March 1959. Norway also has relations with North Korea. During the Korean War, they dispatched a medical ship. Even before the formal diplomatic relations, under a bi-lateral agreement of March 1956, Norway built a medical center in Seoul, which they later transferred to Korea. It is known as the Joong-ang Hospital today.

4 major agreements including the Visas Waiver were concluded in October of 1969 between the two nations. Korean economic representatives visited Norway in 1976 and signed an agreement for a joint-investment project in shipbuilding. The Korea-Norway Economic Co-operation Association was established after the Norwegian Minister of Industry led a team of 50 members to Korea to observe Korean industries in October of 1978. Korea and Norway agreed to extend the Textile Agreement to 1995. A memorandum of understanding to establish a co-operative agreement in economic, technical and Industrial areas was signed in 1999.

The import volume from Korea was US$ 520 million and the export was US$ 420 million in 2000. Norway mainly imports goods including ships, automobiles, steel, computers, accessories and textiles. Some of the goods it exports are materials for shipbuilding, crude oil and fishery products. Immigrants from Korea numbered at 239 and expatriates at 46 as of March of 2000.

 

 


New Address/Same Location : 93, UN Pyeonghwa-ro, Nam-gu, Busan, 48529, Republic of Korea (New address system has been used in Korea since 2014.)

Old Address : 779, Daeyon 4-dong, Nam-gu, Busan, 608-812, Republic of Korea Phone 82-51-625-0625 Fax 82-51-624-2165