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Cooperation with Norway

Strengthening relations with Norwegian partners

The Governor of Leningrad region Alexander Drozdenko and the Consul General of the Kingdom of Norway in Saint Petersburg Dag Malmer Halvorsen discussed promising directions of cooperation development.

“In 2017 we celebrated the 30th anniversary of twin-city relations with Nordland County. For us this relationship is the opportunity not only to speak about culture of our regions and countries by means of public diplomacy, but also to exchange experience in education, agriculture, aquaculture, social projects, sport. We’ve received much knowledge, experience and many technologies due to support of Nordland,” said Alexander Drozdenko.

The head of Leningrad region noted sustainable presence of Norwegian companies in the region. They include: Jotun Paints – paint and varnish plant established in 2014; Elopak – production of packaging, two production lines were launched in 2011 and 2014; Scandic Construction – a plant for production of prefabricated wooden structures for construction, established in 2002; sport parks Norway Park expanding since 2011.

Dag Malmer Halvorsen confirmed support of relations between Leningrad region and Nordland County at inter-regional and inter-municipal levels, noted high potential of connections in education, sport and tourism, prospects of work of Norwegian enterprises in Leningrad region and cooperation in development of aquaculture and shipbuilding. He also said that an important step is a contract signed by a Norwegian company Kværner for construction of structures for Nord Stream-2 in Vyborgsky district.

“The contract is significant: 600 million Norwegian krones or almost 4.5 billion rubles. And for us is really important that ground structures to be built will provide us with about 300 new, very good jobs. We support this contract and hope that there will be no problems in implementation of this contract,” commented Alexander Drozdenko.

 

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Friendly relations between Leningrad region and Nordland County were established in 1987. Today cooperation of two regions is actively developing in such spheres as culture, youth policy, advanced training for entrepreneurs, public and municipal officials, representatives of social sector, in education, sport. This cooperation is also successful in the sphere of professional art, culture exchanges, joint seminars and conferences. Meetings of the heads of two regions are regularly held.

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