Norway's new ambassador to Germany is not exactly unfamiliar with the country.

Photo: Petter Ølberg / Wolfgang Staudt / Mike Hennegan


Petter Ølberg (57), Norway’s new ambassador to Germany, knows the country like the back of his own hand.

My mother came from Hamburg, and my grandmother lived there. We visited her regularly and spoke German with her.

In Bonn, where his Norwegian father served as ambassador to West-Germany, Petter Ølberg went to kindergarten and elementary school.

In the 1970’s he studied social economy in Kiel, and from 1999 to 2004, after Germany’s reunification, he was envoy at the Norwegian Embassy in Berlin.

This is a dream job for me. Not just because of my origin, but because Germany is so important to Norway. No one can help us more than Germany when we need it, and no one is a better friend.

From 2009 to 2014 Ølberg was Norway’s ambassador to Jordan and Iraq and from 2014 to 2017 Director-General of the Department of Economic Affairs and Development in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Since 1 September 2017, the Knight of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit represents his fatherland in his motherland.

By Kai-Axel Aanderud