Norway appoints first woman as Consul General in Murmansk
Astrid Nærum was appointed appointed Consul General to Murmansk by the King in Council on Friday, the Norwegian Government reports on its portal. Nærum has been at the Consulate for several years, and has for the last few months been acting Consul General.
She takes overtakes over after Erik Svedahl who was appointed Ambassador to Ukraine earlier this year.
Nærum has previously been with Norway’s EU-delegation in Brussels and the Embassy in Moscow.
Norway established its Consulate General in Murmansk in 1993 and is along with Finland and Belarus the only to have a diplomatic mission to Russia’s Arctic capital.
Astrid Nærum will be the eleventh Consul General for Norway in Murmansk, all others were men; Erik Svedahl, Ole Andreas Lindeman, Øyvind Nordsletten, Jon Elvedal Fredriksen, Rune Aasheim, Fredrik Arthur, Robert Kvile, Otto Hjorth Mamelund, Odd Gunnar Skagestad and Knut Hauge.
The Consulate General is temporary located at the sixth floor in an office building at Projezd Kapitana Tarana 25. By 2024 a brand new building will be built at Zavoskaya Street, a side road between Lenin Prospekt and Kirov Prospekt.
Norway has an Embassy in Moscow and a Consulate General in St. Petersburg. The Murmansk Consulate is also responsible for Arkhangelsk Oblast and Nenets Autonomous Okrug.