Norway appoints new Honorary Consul in the Algarve

Norway appoints new Honorary Consul in the Algarve

Francisco Bivar Weinholtz, a 41-year-old Portimão lawyer, was appointed as the new Honorary Consul for Norway in the Algarve last week (November 20) in a ceremony held at the Pestana Alvor Praia Hotel.
The ceremony was attended by Norwegian Ambassador to Portugal Ove Thorsheim and his wife Anne Egge Torsheim, as well as Portimão deputy mayor Joaquim Rodrigues and a number of other business people and Norwegian residents.
Besides “promoting Norway’s interests and its cooperation with Portugal,” Weinholtz’s list of responsibilities also includes providing “assistance and information on Norwegian residents’ businesses in the Algarve”.
The new Consul moved to the Algarve from Lisbon in 2000 to work for local legal firm PLMJ. He now runs his own business in Portimão.
Although Weinholtz is Portuguese, the Norwegian government explains on its Portuguese website that its Honorary Consuls are usually native to the country they serve in but appointed for their “strong ties” to Norway.
Although there are no official numbers, several hundreds of Norwegians are believed to live in the Algarve and the number of tourists and second-home property owners is increasing, said the consulate in a press statement.
The new consulate is located on Rua Engº Francisco Bivar in Praia da Rocha.
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