Trading Partner Portal: Norway
Norway is located in Northern Europe and is a part of the Scandinavian Peninsula. The majority of the country shares a border with Sweden in the east and its northernmost region is bordered by Finland. With a population of over 5.3 million, covering 323,802 square kilometers, Norway is one of the most sparsely populated countries in Europe.
Norway has one of the most financially healthy economies in the world, in part due to its status as the world’s 11th largest exporter of crude oil and 3rd largest exporter of natural gas. It has a GDP of $403 billion in 2019, which has been decreasing the past several years. Other major industries, such as shipping, shipbuilding, fishing and fish farming, information technology, pulp and paper products, and light metals processing have prospered as well. Incomes are also more evenly distributed, making every person a consumer, unemployment rates and interest rates are low.
Norway has close ties to the United States, the overall economic and trade relationship is strong, and Norway’s import climate is generally open and receptive to U.S. products and investments. In 2020 the United States exported $2.7 billion, making it the United States’ 52nd largest export destination. Top exports included: computer and electrical products (16.8%), transportation equipment (15.1%), non-electrical machinery (13.2%), and chemicals (10.7%),. Also, in the same year, the United States imported $3.95 billion, and top imports included: chemicals (17.6%), fish and other marine products (11.6%), and primary metals (10.7%).
In 2020, California exported $257 million to Norway. Top exports included: computer and electrical products (27.3%), non-electrical machinery (14.3%), agricultural products (11.1%), and transportation equipment (8.1%). Likewise, Norway exported nearly $438.8 million to California. Top exports included: other animals (27.3%), chemicals (18%), fish, fresh/frozen and other marine products (15.9%), and transportation equipment (10.9%). Imports from Norway totaled $451 million with animals making up 28% of the total and chemicals making up 25%.
In 2019, Norway contributed $22.7 billion in direct investment to the U.S., while U.S. direct investment in Norway totaled $25.5 billion the same year. Norwegian FDI supported 7,900 jobs in the US and contributed $41 million to research and development, along with $223.8 billion in expanded US exports. Top industry sectors of Norwegian FDI were: software and IT services, transportation, metals, industrial equipment, business services, and chemicals. Select USA
Norway and California are both west coast economies with a beautiful coastline. There are approximately 400,000 individuals of Norwegian descent living in California. UC Berkley has strong ties with Norway via the Peder Sather Center for Advanced Study. Peder Sather (1810 – 1886) was a prominent Norwegian-born American banker who is best known for his legacy to UCB. His widow donated funding in his memory for two of the school’s most famous landmarks, Sather Gate and Staher Tower, which is more commonly known as The Campanile. The Norwegian Consulate In San Francisco opened in 1906. Earl Warren, former California Governor and Chief Justice of the United States was of also Norwegian descent.
2019 Nordic-U.S. M&A Study
Alston & Bird, April 8, 2020
Minifacts about Norway 2015 (from Statistics Norway)
VisitNorway (the official travel guide to Norway)
Nordic Innovation House (Nordic start-ups in the Bay Area)
Innovation Norway San Francisco and Silicon Valley (government trade office)
NorTrade (gateway for trade- and sector information, investment- and career opportunities)
14/15 Global Work Plan – Visit California
The numerous areas that affect trade and investment between Norway and California were the subject of a lively exchange on September 15, 2016 at a luncheon meeting between the California Chamber of Commerce, Parliament of Norway, Consulate General of Norway, and the Northern California World Trade Center. The lunch was part of a weeklong tour of Northern California by the Norwegian Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce and Industry.
On May 27, 2015, the California Chamber of Commerce held an International Forum on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the Transpacific Partnership with speakers including members of the United States Chamber of Commerce, representatives from five American Chambers of Commerce from abroad, and two ambassadors. Also in attendance was a delegation totaling 25 members of the AmCham community representing Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, and Turkey.