Ingrid and Shilpi together with Shilpi's daughter Dina outside their home in Satkhira. Ingrid and Shilpi together with Shilpi's daughter Dina outside their home in Satkhira.

In the fall of 2008, a Bangladeshi and a Norwegian girl met in Møre & Romsdal, Norway. 6 years later, the girls found themselves in the same country once again, only this time in Bangladesh. This is the story of how Ingrid, an intern at the Norwegian Embassy in Dhaka, reunited with her old friend Shilpi.

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Concerts Norway invited Mr. Nafis Ahmed and Ms. Afrida Mahbub from the Bangladeshi music management firm LiveSquare to Norway in the period June 9th – June 14th.

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Local girl welcomes Ambassador Merete Lundemo and BMP leaders to her village. 
Photo: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dhaka.

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) is one of the longest-standing partners of Norway in Bangladesh. In order to learn first-hand how BMP is working to promote women’s rights, a delegation from the Norwegian Embassy in Bangladesh, led by Ambassador Merete Lundemo, travelled to Dinajpur in the north-west of the country.

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From 14th to 20th of May you can experience a little bit of Europe in Dhaka. Twelve movies from twelve European countries will be screened at the Cineplex cinema in Bashundara City in Central Dhaka.

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From the left: Hanne Fugl Eskjær - Ambassador of Denmark, Anneli Lindahl Kenny - Ambassador of Sweden, Merete Lundemo - Ambassador of Norway, Christine Hunter - Country representative of UN Women in Bangladesh, Argentina Matavel Piccin - UNFPA representative in Bangladesh, Heather Cruden - High Commissioner of Canada and Wanja Campos da Nóbrega - Ambassador of Brazil. 
Photo: Ludvig Bontell.

As a part of the celebrations of International Women’s Day 2014, the Norwegian Ambassador, Ms Merete Lundemo, along with the ambassadors from Brazil, Denmark and Sweden, the Canadian High Commissioner and the country representatives of UNFPA and UN Women, starred in the documentary play “Seven” in Chhayanaut Theatre in Dhaka on March 10th.

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Ms. Selima Ahmad, Ms. Merete Lundemo and Ms.Hasina Newaaz

In May the Business for Peace Award was granted to six worthy winners from all over the world. Seven hundred people were gathered in the Town hall of Oslo to witness the ceremony. One of the honourees who went to Norway to receive the price was Ms Selima Ahmad, the entrepreneur from Bangladesh.

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The Norwegian community in Dhaka on 17 May. 
Photo: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dhaka.

Every year on 17 May, Norwegians gather all over the world to celebrate the Norwegian National Day. This year’s festivities were more special than usual, as they marked the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution.

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Photo: Arshi Nagar.

Music is a powerful means of communication, which can transcend any barrier created by language, religion, differences in culture or social hierarchy. The children of Arshi Nagar proved this, as they mesmerized the audience that came to see their performance at the National Museum in Dhaka on March 18th.

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Among others: Ms. Rakhi Das Purkayastha, Ms. Merete Lundemo, Ms. Ayesha Khanan, Ms.Chandra Tripura, Professor Mizanur Rahman lit the candles that illuminated the meeting. 
Photo: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dhaka.

In the following days, the International Women’s Day will be marked by a range of events, all over Bangladesh.

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