Survey: Norway is Germany’s most reliable energy partnerNorway is Germany’s first choice energy partner – that is the result of a recent survey carried out by a leading German opinion research institute on behalf of Wintershall.
The forsa Institute found that a vast majority of Germans has much confidence in Norway as energy supplier. According to the representative survey, 86 per cent of the Germans think that Norway is the most reliable energy partner for Germany to compensate for its declining domestic natural gas production. Norway ranks first in the survey followed by Canada and Russia.
Norway is already one of Germany`s most important energy suppliers. In 2012, around 36 per cent of German natural gas imports came from the Scandinavian country. It is thus hardly surprising that German chancellor Angela Merkel consistently emphasizes the “important role” of Norwegian gas. It is clear: The transformation of the German energy system (Energiewende) requires an increased use of natural gas. And Norway has a key role in securing Germany`s supply of natural gas in the long-term. In short: The German Energiewende will be successful only with Norwegian gas.