New US ambassador arrives in Oslo

Marc Nathanson presents his official credentials to king

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U.S. Ambassador Marc Nathanson presented his credentials to King Harald V of Norway on June 16. Ambassador Nathanson has over 25 years of foreign policy and public diplomacy experience.

U.S. Embassy Oslo

At a formal audience at the Royal Palace in Oslo with His Majesty King Harald V on June 16, Marc Nathanson presented his credentials to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Norway.

Ambassador Nathanson was nominated by President Joe Biden on Nov. 4, 2021. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 5.

“I am honored by the confidence placed in me by President Biden to further develop the deep ties between our two nations. The United States and Norway are close allies in NATO and key partners in addressing urgent issues including the climate crisis and threats to global peace and freedom,” said Nathanson. “Throughout my 40-year career in the communications industry, and while serving as the vice chair of the National Democratic Institute, it has been my honor to work with the American and Norwegian governments in their international efforts to protect human rights and promote media freedom. I look forward to continuing that work as the U.S. ambassador to Norway.”

Nathanson is one of America’s leading communications entrepreneurs and a noted environmentalist. He founded Falcon Cable TV in 1975 and in 1999, he became vice chair of Charter Communications. Before his appointment as ambassador, he was chair of Mapleton Investments, a holding company.

Nathanson has more than 25 years of foreign policy and public diplomacy experience. He was chair of the United States Agency for Global Media (then called the Broadcasting Board of Governors) under presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He was appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2012 as her representative to the Board of Governors of the East-West Center in Honolulu. He has for many years been a trustee of the Aspen Institute in Aspen, Colo., and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

This article originally appeared in the July 8, 2022, issue of The Norwegian American. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.

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NTB (Norsk Telegrambyrå), the Norwegian News Agency, is a press agency and wire service that serves most of the largest Norwegian media outlets. The agency is located in Oslo and has bureaus in Brussels, Belgium, and Tromsø in northern Norway