Having lived in several countries around the world, Dutch ambassador Bea ten Tusscher has now set her globetrotter feet in Oslo. She visited the Oslo Chamber of Commerce to have a little chat and to see in what areas there are possibilities for increased collaboration.
We wonder: How is it to live in Oslo and Norway after living at various places abroad?
Mrs ten Tusscher does not need much time to formulate an answer: - It was a bit like coming home, in terms of the language and the culture, she replies. She further tells us that it was relatively easy to understand the society and for others to understand her. She points out that it is the same social system that has made this quite easy. It is, however, also a new learning experience as Norway differs from the Netherlands in some areas. She is nevertheless quick to state that the two countries do have the same humor.
We wonder: The two countries get along very well, but are there some areas on the ambassador’s agenda to improve an already well established relationship?
- Trade relations, Mrs ten Tusscher starts. – There are Dutch companies requesting more information about the Scandinavian countries. The larger businesses are well off in terms of acquiring the information that they need, she explains, yet the small and medium sized companies lack that access. – And then we have the traditional cheese and flowers, she laughs.
In addition, she mentions architecture, energy and the Arctic as interesting areas for learning and joint efforts. – And a very interesting point is the upcoming exhibition of Munch and van Gogh in Oslo and Amsterdam, says the ambassador in quite an excited manner. This joint art exhibition will take place in 2015, and is a fine example of Norwegian and Dutch partnership.
Oslo’s hub of international business
Ambassadors often find it useful to stop by the Oslo Chamber of Commerce, as they get valuable information and contacts for their stay in Norway. As the only truly international arena and meeting point in Oslo, it is also a good place to take your business one step further. – We put you in contact with the right people and function as a door opener, says CEO Lars-Kåre Legernes.
Next international happening is the presentation Global Economic Outlook where Danske Bank presents the current state of both Norwegian and International Economy. This is also an arena where you can get in touch with many embassy representatives.
Read more about Global Economic Outlook here