Economy, culture and development of municipal ties stay priority directions for cooperation between Leningrad region and Norway.
This was discussed during a meeting with the Consul General of the Kingdom of Norway in Saint Petersburg Dag Malmer Halvorsen dedicated to the completion of his diplomatic mission in the consular district.
“We highly appreciate the experience of Norway in shipbuilding an oil and gas industry, and we are ready to continue developing our cooperation both in these spheres and in culture and education. Relations between the municipalities of the region and Nordland province are also very important for us,” said the Chairman of the External Relations Committee of Leningrad Region Oleg Konovalov.
There are seven enterprises with Norwegian capital operating in Leningrad region, including Jotun Paints – a factory producing paints and varnishes, Elopak – a manufacturer of packaging. Vyborg Shipyard and Pella Shipyard cooperate with Norwegian companies in the supply of equipment and design of fishing vessels.
Mr Halvorsen, in his turn, expressed his gratitude to Leningrad region for the support during his work in the region and wished success in further work, despite the challenges of the pandemic. He also noted a long-standing partnership between Leningrad region and Nordland province.
Friendly relations between Leningrad region and Nordland province were established in 1987. Currently, there are seven cooperation agreements at the municipal level: Kingisepp – Narvik, Vyborg – Bodø, Volkhov – Vefsn, Kirishi – Tysfjord, Podporoshye – Steigen, Lodeynoe Pole – Gildeskål, Tosno – Ballangen.