Two mountainous countries, Bhutan and Norway had enjoyed friendly and cordial relations for nearly five decades. The first contact between a Norwegian and His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the early 1960s resulted in establishment of Riserboo hospital in Wamrong, Trashigang, in 1967. Since then, a number of exchange programs had taken place involving the peoples of the two countries, including mainly in the health and hydro-power sectors. A number of Bhutanese engineers and foresters were trained in Norway including the country’s only Ethnomusicologist.
Likewise, a number of Norwegians have worked in Bhutan since nearly five decades. Realizing the importance of growing contacts between the peoples, Norway-Bhutan Friendship Association had been formally opened in Ski, Norway, with Mr. Einar Kippiness as the President.