Who: Norway’s Consulate General
What: Reopened after four decades
When: 3 November 2015
Norway on 3 November 2015 reopened its Consulate General in Mumbai after four decades of closure in 1973. The Consulate was reopened by Norwegian Foreign Minister Borje Brende at Bandra-Kurla Complex in suburban Mumbai just next to Sweden’s Consulate General.
This office would extend its services to cover rest of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa and it will be headed by Norwegian diplomat Torbjorn Holthe.
Norwegian Ambassador to India Nils Ragnar Kamsvag, however, said the office has not been delegated the power of granting visas. Applicants would be allowed to apply in Mumbai, but their visa forms would be processed by Delhi-based Consulate General.
Norway’s first consulate in Mumbai was established in 1857 and it was one of the oldest Foreign Service missions of Norway. It was established to serve traditional Norwegian shipping and maritime trade interests.
The Consulate General was, however, closed due to high temperature and humidity and was turned into an honorary mission in 1973. The last Consul General from the Foreign Service was FA Sandberg.