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Introductory Remarks by Foreign Minister Jan Petersen
Washington DC, 4 April 2003
Nuclear Safety in Northwestern Russia – Next steps towards realising the G8 Global Partnership against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction
I would like to begin by thanking NTI president Charles Curtis for everything he has done to make this conference possible.

I would also like thank Senator Lugar for hosting the conference in this historical and impressive building.

We are gathered here in the shadow of the war in Iraq – a war I hope will soon come to an end....

Scandinavian literature today Seminar 28 November 2002

11.00 Introductions

Helen Sigeland, Swedish institute (Sweden), Kristin Brudevoll, NORLA (Norway), Elisabeth Middelthon, MUNIN (Norway) and Iris Schwanck, Finnish Literature Information Centre (Finland) 11.30 Books for children and youngsters

Participants: Kjersti Scheen (Norway), Christina Bjork (Sweden) 13.15 Opening of the exhibition "The Life and Works of Arne Garborg (1851-1924)
(Norway) Refreshments 14.00 Scandinavian literature today

Introduction: Jelena Ratsjinskaja Author: Kjell Askildsen (Norway)

New Scandinavian literature today. Representatives from Scandinavian publishing houses:

Aschehoug (Norway), Bonniers, Alfabeta (Sweden) and MD Soderstrom & CO (Finland)
Bertil Torekull, author of a biography about the Founder of Ikea (Sweden)
Tor Bomann-Larsen, writer, historian and biographer (Norway)
Geir Lundestad, Head of the Norwegian Nobel institute, presenting his book "East-West-North-South" (Norway)

16.30 Coffee break

17.00 Russian literature in Scandinavia
Participants: Kristina Rotkirch, journalist, literary critic and translator, Marianne Bargum MD Soderstrom & Co publishing company (Finland) and translator Alf Glad (Norway).

Nansen i Moscow. Opening of monument Fridtjof Nansen in Moscow 18 september 2002.
Opening of a monument in Moscow also communicates with a 100-anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Norway which will be marked in 2004.
The sculpture of work of V.E.Tsigalja is established in Big Levshisky lane, opposite to a building of the Russian International Red Cross

Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Edvard Grieg
Knut Hamsun
Sigrid Undset
Year in Review 2001: world-affairs
The last hell - Synne Brekke
Milk as a symbol of Norwegianness

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