Norway`s political and military value as an ally lies not only in the moral and material weight of an additional democratic country that is imposed with us against further Soviet expansion, but also in its strategic position. Norway is located above the great circular road between North America and western Russia and is capable of commanding exits from the Baltic Sea and Barents…. Norway also has a merchant navy of about 5,000,000 crude tons, the third largest in the world, which, in an emergency, would make a significant contribution to an Allied defence effort. Finally, from a diplomatic point of view, Norway`s open westward orientation proved to be a great advantage for American policy in Scandinavia. Norway`s influence was significant in Denmark and Iceland`s decision to accede to the North Atlantic Treaty and remains a useful instrument for implementing our policy in northern Europe. Although the Communists won 100,000 votes in the elections, party membership was less than 15,000 in 1949. With its relatively healthy economic and social conditions [page 1535] and its deeply entrenched loyalty to democratic paths, Norway provides meagre foundations for the growth of communism, and the election results have dealt a blow from which the party is still faltering. Shortly after the elections, and partly because of the associated communist losses, a long feud broke out between two rival leaders, which openly divided the party and placed communist influence in Norway at a new low point. Norway is heavily committed to providing development and humanitarian assistance abroad, as evidenced by a generous external aid budget of about $4.1 billion by 2021, which represents more than 1% of the country`s GNI. In addition, Norway actively promotes universal human rights and economic development and strives to resolve disputes peacefully around the world. Since the war, we have implemented our policy towards Norway by supporting Norway politically, economically and militarily. In the early post-war period, financial aid was granted to the Norwegian government in the form of an import-export bank, surplus assets and war assets to repair the ravages of the war, where Norway had lost about a fifth of its total national wealth, including half of its merchant navy. However, these measures were only “stop gaps” and US aid was subsequently largely implemented by Norway`s accession to the ERP.