Outline of political relations between the Polish government and the Norwegian government in ex ile in London in the years 1940-1945

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Magdalena Gawinecka

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This article presents some aspects o f political relations between the Polish government and the Norwegian government in years 1940-45 when both governments were in exile in London. The author emphasizes that Polish-Norwegian relations in the period of war were quite tough, full of tensions, misunderstandings and journalistic incidents. While remaining in London, both governments rejected to recognize one another as the significant partners. They encountered different political problems, so the close cooperation between them was doomed from the start. In the conclusions the author underlines that relations with the Soviet Union appeared to be fundamental for Norwegian foreign policy. The Norwegian government was unwilling to cooperate with Poland, as it could have threatened the good relations Norway had with the Soviet Union. Besides Norway felt closer to Great Britain and the United States, whereas Polish plans referred to the cooperation of small countries. That is why their diplomatic relations had rather formal than real character.

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Gawinecka, M. (2007). Outline of political relations between the Polish government and the Norwegian government in ex ile in London in the years 1940-1945. Folia Scandinavica Posnaniensia, 9, 263-269. Retrieved from https://pressto.amu.edu.pl/index.php/fsp/article/view/11367
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History