As the fourth Nordic investor in France, Norway kept bringing key investments in France in 2017, creating and maintaining 93 jobs.
The regularity of Norwegian investments over the years, with an average of 5 decisions per year, attests from the solid economic ties binding Norway and France, especially in the industrial sector. Prominent investments were made in the sectors of aeronautics, metallurgy and energy, three sectors in which Norway excels and has much to gain from French advantageous production and R&D environment. France is indeed not only building on a tradition of industrial savoir-faire and promotion of innovation, but is also engaging deliberately to lead the industry transition towards digitalisation and greener modes of production.
Norwegian businesses leading the IT revolution also kept investing in France in 2017, as French ecosystem offers tech start-ups and AI entrepreneurs the opportunity to pave the way towards the digital transformation.
In 2018, France and Norway will continue develop synergies to build on their tech expertise. Following to the Norwegian State visit to Paris in late February, the two countries agreed to strengthen their cooperation to bolster digital transformation and the development of AI. The French Chamber of Commerce in Oslo, in cooperation with Business France has already announced a forum to discuss bilateral cooperation for the strategic development of disruptive technologies, to be held on the 11th October.