Honorary consulate opens in northern Norway

A new honorary consultate for Latvia has been established in the northern Norwegian city of Tromso, according to the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It’s the fifth honorary consulate in Norway, in addition to the Latvian Embassy and a consulate-general in Oslo.

The honorary consul in Tromso will be Kore Bjorns Kongsnes, the ministry said. Kongsnes, a businessman involved in information technology, also is described as a supporter of the arts. This summer he helped organize concerts by Latvian performers in northern Norway, as well as a visit in October by Latvian businesspeople.

Tromso, a city of 60,900 inhabitants, is a key fishing community in Norway. It is the country’s northernmost city.

Other Latvian honorary consultates in Norway are located in Bergen, Kristiansand, Sandnes and Trondheim. An honorary consul-general also is found in Oslo. The Latvian ambassador to Norway is Normunds Popens.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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