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Ana-Maria Despa

Valahia University of Târgoviste, E-mail address:



This paper has been presented at the Second International Conference on Nordic and Baltic Studies in Romania:Black Sea and Baltic Sea Regions: Confluences, influences and crosscurrents in the modern and contemporary ages hosted by the Romanian Association for Baltic and Nordic Studies, Târgoviste, May 20-22, 2011 and was funded from the European Union Structural Funds project “The Predex Programme for Excellence in Doctoral Training for the Society of Knowledge” of Valahia University (Contract Code: POSDRU/CPP107/DMI1.5/S/77497)



This article aims at reconstructing on the basis of diplomatic archives records the history of diplomatic and consular relations between the two countries during the interwar period. The diplomatic bonds between the two countries date back already before Norway had obtained its sovereignty by dissolving the United Kingdom of Sweden and Norway in 1905. Eventually, Romania recognized the Norwegian independence and conducted diplomatic relations with Norway through its legation in Berlin. The first official legation in Norway was established in 1917 by Grigore Bilciurescu’s appointment as chargé d’affaires in Christiania (Oslo). On the other hand, the first Norwegian diplomat who resided in Bucharest was Terje Knudtzon in 1935. During most of the interwar period the diplomatic relations between the two countries were conducted through envoys residing in other European capitals. The article fits into the category of historical evidence works and since it has adopted a chronological approach, it does not raise, more than is necessary, the prospect of a theoretical interpretation of these relations.



Acest articol îsi propune, pe baza arhivelor diplomatice, sa reconstituie istoria relatiilor diplomatice si consulare dintre cele doua tari în perioada interbelica. Contactele diplomatice dintre acestea dateaza înca din perioada anterioara  obtinerii suveranitatii Norvegiei prin dizolvarea Regatului Unit al Suediei si Norvegiei în 1905. România a recunoscut independenta Norvegiei si a desfasurat relatii diplomatice cu aceasta prin intermediul legatiei sale la Berlin. Prima legatie în Norvegia a fost înfiintata în 1917 prin numirea lui Grigore Bilciurescu ca însarcinat cu afaceri în Christiania (Oslo). Pe de alta parte, primul diplomat norvegian care a locuit în Bucuresti, a fost Terje Knudtzon în 1935. În perioada interbelica relatiile diplomatice dintre cele doua tari s-au derulat prin intermediul legatiilor deschise în alte capitale europene. Acest articol se încadreaza în categoria lucrarilor de evidenta istorica si întrucât a ales o abordare cronologica, el nu are în vedere, mai mult decât este necesar, perspectiva unei interpretari teoretice a acestor relatii.


Keywords: Romania; Norway; bilateral relations; interwar period


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