Photo: Presidental Administration of Azerbaijan.Photo: Presidental Administration of Azerbaijan

Mr. Svendsen has a higher degree in Russian and German languages and literature from the University of Oslo. He spent substantial periods studying in Moscow and St. Petersburg in the 1990ies. He worked as a Russian interpreter for the Norwegian government on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard from 1996 until 1998. He then joined the Norwegian foreign service. Mr. Svendsen has served as a juni

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2014 Nobel Peace Prize recipients Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai. 
Photo: (Kailash Satyarthi) Senado Federal. (Flickr)/(Malala Yousafzai) Prime Minister’s Office (Flickr).

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 has been awarded the Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi and the Pakistani children’s education activist Malala Yousafzai.

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The Azerbaijani rapper and writer performed live in the Norwegian Residence. 
Photo: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Baku.

The Azerbaijani rapper and writer Qaraqan performed live in the Norwegian Residence, accompanied by Emin Kerimi on the piano.

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Ragnhild Thori receives prestigious “HUMAY” award in Azerbaijan. 
Photo: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Baku.

Norwegian Ragnhild Thori received the prestigious Azerbaijani cultural award “HUMAY” for her bilingual (English-Azerbaijani) version of the legendary poet Nizami Ganjavi’s “Leyla and Meynun”. In the 24-year history of the award, this was the first time a non-Azerbaijani citizen received it.

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Last week, the first “Poetry & Beyond” event in Georgia – an initiative of the Norwegian Embassy in Baku - took place in the library of Prison No. 5. The Georgian poet Tamar Lomidze read from her works.

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Alexander Rybak, the Norway-based singer, violinist and winner of Eurovision Song Contest 2009, is to hold a concert at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku on 15 May.

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The Thor Heyerdahl Film Festival kicked off in Baku on 12 May. The festival marks the 100th birthday anniversary of the legendary Norwegian explorer and will last until 20 May. Ambassador Skjonsberg attended the opening ceremony at Western University.

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Magnus Carlsen playing against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

Ambassador Skjønsberg attended the dignified opening ceremony of the Shamkir Chess 2014 International Tournament on 19 April. The tournament has been organized in the memory of Azerbaijani Grand Master Vugar Gashimov, who sadly passed away much too early this January at the age of 27.

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Ambassador Skjønsberg lecturing on Norway and relations with Azerbaijan at Nakhchivan University. Rector Maharramov Saleh Heydar Oglu hosted the embassy delegation at the university.

Embassy representatives visited Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan from 7 to 10 April. Ambassador Skjønsberg and his wife, Ms. Schnitzer-Skjønsberg, took part in the celebration to mark the 90th anniversary of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. The majority of the Baku-based ambassadors participated in this event.

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