On 22 October 1990 the Norwegian ambassador to Kenya was summoned to the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Kenyan Government had decided to break diplomatic relations with Norway. The decision on the part of the Kenyan Government was unique in the diplomatic history of Kenya as an independent state. From a Norwegian vantage point, the event was also unprecedented; never in peacetime had any country severed its diplomatic relations with Norway. This study is a broad historical analyses of the factors and circumstances leading up to severance of diplomatic relations between Norway and Kenya. This report is a slightly revised edition of a Cand.polit thesis by the same title.