As a testimony of the close friendship between the two countries, the Bhutan-Norway Friendship Association was launched on August 10 in Thimphu in the presence of foreign minister Damchoe Dorji and the Norwegian Ambassador to Bhutan Eivind Homme.

Ethnomusicologist and Bhutanese folk musician, Jigme Drukpa is the association’s interim President. The association aims to foster people-to-people contact and promote friendship and harmony between the people of Bhutan and Norway.

It plans to promote values of democracy, equality, justice and freedom, and strive for international peace and arrange seminars and cultural programmes, among others in Bhutan and Norway.