Famous people on Norway's street names


Per Kleiva

Per Kleiva 61 Per Kleiva was a Norwegian painter and graphic artist.                                            

Roald Amundsen

Roald Amundsen 35 Roald Engelbregt Gravning Amundsen was a Norwegian explorer of polar regions. He was a key figure of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.

Fridtjof Nansen

Fridtjof Nansen 31 Fridtjof Wedel-Jarlsberg Nansen was a Norwegian polymath and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. He gained prominence at various points in his life as an explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian and co-founded the Fatherland League.

Sverre of Norway

Sverre of Norway 30 Sverre Sigurdsson was the king of Norway from 1184 to 1202.                                         

Olaf II of Norway

Olaf II of Norway 30 Olaf II Haraldsson, also Olav Haraldsson, later known as Saint Olaf and Olaf the Holy, was King of Norway from 1015 to 1028. Son of Harald Grenske, a petty king in Vestfold, Norway, he was posthumously given the title Rex Perpetuus Norvegiae and canonised at Nidaros (Trondheim) by Bishop Grimketel, one year after his death in the Battle of Stiklestad on 29 July 1030. His remains were enshrined in Nidaros Cathedral, built over his burial site. His sainthood encouraged the widespread adoption of Christianity by Scandinavia's Vikings/Norsemen.

Henrik Ibsen

Henrik Ibsen 29 Henrik Johan Ibsen was a Norwegian playwright and theatre director. As one of the founders of modernism in theatre, Ibsen is often referred to as "the father of realism" and one of the most influential playwrights of his time, as well of one of the most influential playwrights in Western literature more generally. His major works include Brand, Peer Gynt, Emperor and Galilean, A Doll's House, Ghosts, An Enemy of the People, The Wild Duck, Rosmersholm, Hedda Gabler, The Master Builder, and When We Dead Awaken. Ibsen is the most frequently performed dramatist in the world after Shakespeare, and A Doll's House was the world's most performed play in 2006.

Nordahl Grieg

Nordahl Grieg 24 Johan Nordahl Brun Grieg was a Norwegian poet, novelist, dramatist, journalist and political activist. He was a popular author and a controversial public figure. He served in World War II as a war correspondent and was killed while on a bombing mission to Berlin.

Jonas Lie (writer)

Jonas Lie (writer) 23 Jonas Lauritz Idemil Lie was a Norwegian novelist, poet, and playwright who, together with Henrik Ibsen, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson and Alexander Kielland, is considered to have been one of the Four Greats of 19th century Norwegian literature.

Ivar Aasen

Ivar Aasen 21 Ivar Andreas Aasen was a Norwegian philologist, lexicographer, playwright, and poet. He is best known for having assembled one of the two official written versions of the Norwegian language, Nynorsk, from various dialects.

Marcus Thrane

Marcus Thrane 19 Marcus Møller Thrane was a Norwegian author, journalist, and the leader of the first labour movement in Norway. It was later known as the Thrane movement (Thranebevegelsen).

Amund Helland

Amund Helland 17 Amund Helland was a Norwegian geologist, politician and non-fiction writer. He is particularly known for his works on glacial erosion and the role of glaciers in the formation of valleys, fjords and lakes. He is also known for starting the series Norges Land og Folk, published in 20 volumes from 1885 to 1921.

Arne Garborg

Arne Garborg 16 Arne Garborg was a Norwegian writer.                                                               

Camilla Collett

Camilla Collett 16 Jacobine Camilla Collett was a Norwegian writer, often referred to as the first Norwegian feminist. She was also the younger sister of Norwegian poet Henrik Wergeland, and is recognized as being one of the first contributors to realism in Norwegian literature. Her younger brother was Major General Joseph Frantz Oscar Wergeland. She became an honorary member of the Norwegian Association for Women's Rights when the association was founded in 1884.

Harald Fairhair

Harald Fairhair 16 Harald Fairhair was a Norwegian king. According to traditions current in Norway and Iceland in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, he reigned from c. 872 to 930 and was the first King of Norway. Supposedly, two of his sons, Eric Bloodaxe and Haakon the Good, succeeded Harald to become kings after his death.

Olaf III of Norway

Olaf III of Norway 15 Olaf III or Olaf Haraldsson, known as Olaf the Peaceful, was King of Norway from 1067 until his death in 1093.

Asbjørn Kloster

Asbjørn Kloster 15 Asbjørn Kloster was an educator, social reformer and leader of the Norwegian temperance movement in the 19th century.

Jørgen Moe

Jørgen Moe 15 Jørgen Engebretsen Moe was a Norwegian folklorist, bishop, poet, and author. He is best known for the Norske Folkeeventyr, a collection of Norwegian folk tales which he edited in collaboration with Peter Christen Asbjørnsen. He also served as the Bishop of the Diocese of Kristianssand from 1874 until his death in 1882.

Anders Hovden

Anders Hovden 15 Anders Hovden was a Norwegian Lutheran clergyman, hymnwriter poet and author.                       

Aasmund Olavsson Vinje

Aasmund Olavsson Vinje 14 Aasmund Olavsson Vinje was a Norwegian poet and journalist who is remembered for poetry, travel writing, and his pioneering use of Landsmål.

Fartein Valen

Fartein Valen 14 Olav Fartein Valen was a Norwegian composer, notable for his work in atonal polyphonic music. He developed a polyphony similar to Bach's counterpoint, but based on motivic working and dissonance rather than harmonic progression.

Ole Bull

Ole Bull 13 Ole Bornemann Bull was a Norwegian virtuoso violinist and composer. According to Robert Schumann, he was on a level with Niccolò Paganini for the speed and clarity of his playing.

Sigrid Undset

Sigrid Undset 13 Sigrid Undset was a Danish-born Norwegian novelist. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928.

Otto Sverdrup

Otto Sverdrup 13 Otto Neumann Knoph Sverdrup was a Norwegian sailor and Arctic explorer.                             

Rikard Nordraak

Rikard Nordraak 12 Rikard Nordraak was a Norwegian composer. He is best known as the composer of the Norwegian national anthem, "Ja, vi elsker dette landet".

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson 12 Bjørnstjerne Martinius Bjørnson was a Norwegian writer who received the 1903 Nobel Prize in Literature "as a tribute to his noble, magnificent and versatile poetry, which has always been distinguished by both the freshness of its inspiration and the rare purity of its spirit". The first Norwegian Nobel laureate, he was a prolific polemicist and extremely influential in Norwegian public life and Scandinavian cultural debate. Bjørnson is considered to be one of the four great Norwegian writers, alongside Ibsen, Lie, and Kielland. He is also celebrated for his lyrics to the Norwegian national anthem, "Ja, vi elsker dette landet". The composer Fredrikke Waaler based a composition for voice and piano on a text by Bjørnson, as did Anna Teichmüller.

Oscar I of Sweden

Oscar I of Sweden 11 Oscar I was King of Sweden and Norway from 8 March 1844 until his death. He was the second monarch of the House of Bernadotte.

Charles XIV John

Charles XIV John 11 Charles XIV John was King of Sweden and Norway from 1818 until his death in 1844 and the first monarch of the Bernadotte dynasty. In Norway, he is known as Charles III John and before he became royalty in Sweden, his name was Jean-Baptiste Jules Bernadotte. During the Napoleonic Wars, he participated in several battles as a Marshal of France.

Alexander Kielland

Alexander Kielland 11 Alexander Lange Kielland was a Norwegian realistic writer of the 19th century. He is one of the so-called "The Four Greats" of Norwegian literature, along with Henrik Ibsen, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson and Jonas Lie.

Frederik Stang

Frederik Stang 10 Frederik Stang was a Norwegian lawyer, public servant, and politician who served as Norway's 1st prime minister in Christiana.

Elias Blix

Elias Blix 10 Elias Blix was a Norwegian professor, theologian, hymn writer, and a politician for the Liberal Party. Blix wrote numerous hymns and was largely responsible for translating the New Testament into the Norwegian language.

Hans Nielsen Hauge

Hans Nielsen Hauge 10 Hans Nielsen Hauge was a 19th-century Norwegian Lutheran lay minister, spiritual leader, business entrepreneur, social reformer and author. He led a noted Pietism revival known as the Haugean movement. Hauge is also considered to have been influential in the early industrialization of Norway.

Olav Duun

Olav Duun 10 Olav Duun was a writer of Norwegian fiction. He is generally recognized to be one of the more outstanding writers in Norwegian literature. He once lacked only one vote to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, and was nominated twenty-four times, in fourteen years.

John the Baptist

John the Baptist 10 John the Baptist was a Jewish preacher active in the area of the Jordan River in the early 1st century AD. He is also known as Saint John the Forerunner in Eastern Orthodoxy, John the Immerser in some Baptist Christian traditions, Saint John by certain Catholic churches, and Prophet Yahya in Islam. He is sometimes alternatively referred to as John the Baptiser.

Edvard Grieg

Edvard Grieg 10 Edvard Hagerup Grieg was a Norwegian composer and pianist. He is widely considered one of the leading Romantic era composers, and his music is part of the standard classical repertoire worldwide. His use of Norwegian folk music in his own compositions brought the music of Norway to fame, as well as helping to develop a national identity, much as Jean Sibelius did in Finland and Bedřich Smetana in Bohemia.

Per Sivle

Per Sivle 9 Per Sivle was a Norwegian poet, novelist and newspaper editor. He is known for his novel Streik from 1891, and for his collections of stories issued between 1887 and 1895, Sogor, Vossa-Stubba, Nye Vossa-stubbar and Sivle-Stubbar. Among his poetry collections is Bersøglis- og andre Viser from 1895.

Torgny Segerstedt

Torgny Segerstedt 8 Torgny Karl Segerstedt was a Swedish professor and scholar of comparative religion, who later became editor-in-chief of the newspaper Göteborgs Handels- och Sjöfartstidning. He is most remembered for his uncompromising anti-Nazi stance and his efforts to alert the Swedish public to the threat of Fascism during the 1930s.

Hjalmar Johansen

Hjalmar Johansen 8 Fredrik Hjalmar Johansen was a Norwegian polar explorer. He participated on the first and third Fram expeditions. He shipped out with the Fridtjof Nansen expedition in 1893–1896, and accompanied Nansen to notch a new Farthest North record near the North Pole. Johansen also participated in the expedition of Roald Amundsen to the South Pole in 1910–1912.

Johan Falkberget

Johan Falkberget 8 Johan Falkberget, born Johan Petter Lillebakken, was a Norwegian author. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Bjørn Farmann

Bjørn Farmann 8 Bjørn Farmann was a king of Vestfold. Bjørn was one of the sons of King Harald Fairhair of Norway. In late tradition, Bjørn Farmann was made the great-grandfather of Olaf II of Norway, through a son Gudrød Bjørnsson.

Halfdan the Black

Halfdan the Black 8 Halfdan the Black was a king of Vestfold. He belonged to the House of Yngling and was the father of Harald Fairhair, the first king of a unified Norway.

Adolph Tidemand

Adolph Tidemand 8 Adolph Tidemand was a noted Norwegian romantic nationalism painter. Among his best known paintings are Haugianerne and Brudeferd i Hardanger, painted in collaboration with Hans Gude.

Hans Egede

Hans Egede 8 Hans Poulsen Egede was a Dano-Norwegian Lutheran missionary who launched mission efforts to Greenland, which led him to be styled the Apostle of Greenland. He established a successful mission among the Inuit and is credited with revitalizing Dano-Norwegian interest in the island after contact had been broken for about 300 years. He founded Greenland's capital Godthåb, now known as Nuuk.

Johan Sverdrup

Johan Sverdrup 8 Johan Sverdrup was a Norwegian politician from the Liberal Party. He was the first prime minister of Norway after the introduction of parliamentarism and served as the fourth prime minister of Norway. Sverdrup was prime minister from 1884 to 1889.

Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch 8 Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter. His 1893 work, The Scream, has become one of Western art's most acclaimed images.

Iver Holter

Iver Holter 8 Iver Paul Fredrik Holter was a Norwegian composer. He was conductor and music director of the Oslo Philharmonic for a quarter century.

Richard With

Richard With 8 Richard Bernhard With was a Norwegian ship captain, businessman and politician for the Liberal Left Party. He is known as the founder of the shipping companies Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab and Hurtigruten.

Johan Svendsen

Johan Svendsen 7 Johan Severin Svendsen was a Norwegian composer, conductor and violinist. Born in Christiania, Norway, he lived most his life in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Gustav Vigeland

Gustav Vigeland 7 Gustav Vigeland, born as Adolf Gustav Thorsen, was a Norwegian sculptor. Gustav Vigeland occupies a special position among Norwegian sculptors, both in the power of his creative imagination and in his productivity. He is most associated with the Vigeland installation (Vigelandsanlegget) in Frogner Park, Oslo. He was also the designer of the Nobel Peace Prize medal.

Leif Erikson

Leif Erikson 7 Leif Erikson, also known as Leif the Lucky, was a Norse explorer who is thought to have been the first European to set foot on continental America, approximately half a millennium before Christopher Columbus. According to the sagas of Icelanders, he established a Norse settlement at Vinland, which is usually interpreted as being coastal North America. There is ongoing speculation that the settlement made by Leif and his crew corresponds to the remains of a Norse settlement found in Newfoundland, Canada, called L'Anse aux Meadows, which was occupied approximately 1,000 years ago.

Lyder Sagen

Lyder Sagen 7 Lyder Sagen was a Norwegian educator and author.                                                   

Viggo Hansteen

Viggo Hansteen 7 Harald Viggo Hansteen was a Norwegian lawyer. He was executed during the Occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany.

Regine Normann

Regine Normann 7 Regine Normann was a Norwegian school teacher, novelist and story writer.                           

Martin Linge

Martin Linge 7 Martin Jensen Linge, was a Norwegian actor who, in World War II, became the commander of the Norwegian Independent Company 1 (NOR.I.C.1), formed in March 1941 for operations on behalf of the Special Operations Executive.

Olav Aukrust

Olav Aukrust 7 Olav Aukrust was a Norwegian poet and teacher. He popularized the use of Nynorsk as a literary language and is most commonly associated with his poem Himmelvarden (1916).

Sam Eyde

Sam Eyde 7 Samuel Eyde was a Norwegian engineer and industrialist. He was the founder of both Norsk Hydro and Elkem.

Øystein Magnusson

Øystein Magnusson 7 Øystein I Magnusson, født 1088, død 29. august 1123 på Hustad, var konge av Norge 1103 – 1123.     

Haakon VII

Haakon VII 7 Haakon VII was King of Norway from November 1905 until his death in September 1957.                 

Olaf Tryggvason

Olaf Tryggvason 7 Olaf Tryggvason was King of Norway from 995 to 1000. He was the son of Tryggvi Olafsson, king of Viken, and, according to later sagas, the great-grandson of Harald Fairhair, first King of Norway. He is numbered as Olaf I.

Knut Hamsun

Knut Hamsun 7 Knut Hamsun was a Norwegian writer who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920. Hamsun's work spans more than 70 years and shows variation with regard to consciousness, subject, perspective and environment. He published more than 23 novels, a collection of poetry, some short stories and plays, a travelogue, works of non-fiction and some essays.

Henrik Wergeland

Henrik Wergeland 7 Henrik Arnold Thaulow Wergeland was a Norwegian writer, most celebrated for his poetry but also a prolific playwright, polemicist, historian, and linguist. He is often described as a leading pioneer in the development of a distinctly Norwegian literary heritage and of modern Norwegian culture.

Magnus Barefoot

Magnus Barefoot 6 Magnus III Olafsson, better known as Magnus Barefoot, was the King of Norway from 1093 until his death in 1103. His reign was marked by aggressive military campaigns and conquest, particularly in the Norse-dominated parts of the British Isles, where he extended his rule to the Kingdom of the Isles and Dublin.

Cort Adeler

Cort Adeler 6 Cort Sivertsen Adeler, known in Denmark as Coort Sifvertsen Adelaer, in the Netherlands as Koert Sievertsen Adelaer and in Italy as Curzio Suffrido Adelborst, was the name of honour given to Kurt Sivertsen, a Norwegian seaman, who rendered distinguished service to the Danish and Dutch navies, and also to the Republic of Venice against the Turks.

Johan Nordahl Brun

Johan Nordahl Brun 6 Johan Nordahl Brun was a Norwegian-Danish poet, dramatist, bishop of Bergen (1804–1816), and politician who contributed significantly to the growth of national romanticism in Norway, contributing to the growing national consciousness.

Oskar Braaten

Oskar Braaten 6 Oskar Braaten was a Norwegian novelist and playwright.                                             

Rolf Wickstrøm

Rolf Wickstrøm 6 Rolf Wickstrøm was a Norwegian labour activist and a victim of the German occupation of Norway during World War II.

Hulda Garborg

Hulda Garborg 6 Hulda Garborg was a Norwegian writer, novelist, playwright, poet, folk dancer, and theatre instructor. She was married to Arne Garborg, and is today perhaps best known for kindling interest in the bunad tradition.

Ole Reistad

Ole Reistad 6 Ole Imerslun Reistad was a Norwegian military officer and accomplished sports person. He competed at the 1920 Summer Olympics in modern pentathlon, and also became Norwegian champion in the sport. He competed in military patrol at the 1928 Winter Olympics, winning the competition. During World War II he was leader of the training camp Little Norway in Canada.

Harriet Backer

Harriet Backer 6 Harriet Backer was a Norwegian painter who achieved recognition in her own time and was a pioneer among female artists both in the Nordic countries and in Europe generally. She is best known for her detailed interior scenes, communicated with rich colors and the interplay of light and shadow.

Nikolai Astrup

Nikolai Astrup 6 Nikolai Astrup was a Norwegian modernist painter. Astrup was a distinctive, innovative artist noted principally for his intense use of color depicting the lush landscapes of Vestlandet featuring the traditional way of life in the region.

Svend Foyn

Svend Foyn 6 Svend Foyn was a Norwegian whaling, shipping magnate and philanthropist. He pioneered revolutionary methods for hunting and processing whales. Svend Foyn introduced the modern harpoon cannon and brought whaling into a modern age. He is also recognized as a pioneer who introduced sealing to Vestfold County.

Johan Bojer

Johan Bojer 6 Johan Bojer was a popular Norwegian novelist and dramatist. He principally wrote about the lives of the poor farmers and fishermen, both in his native Norway and among the Norwegian immigrants in the United States. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature five times.

Anders Sandvig

Anders Sandvig 6 Anders Sandvig was a Norwegian dentist most noted for having founded Maihaugen, an innovative regional ethnological and architectural museum in Lillehammer, documenting the vernacular architecture of Gudbrandsdalen.

Peter Andreas Munch

Peter Andreas Munch 5 Peter Andreas Munch, usually known as P. A. Munch, was a Norwegian historian, known for his work on the medieval history of Norway. Munch's scholarship included Norwegian archaeology, geography, ethnography, linguistics, and jurisprudence. He was also noted for his Norse legendary saga translations.

Theodor Dahl

Theodor Dahl 5 Theodor Dahl was a Norwegian journalist, short story writer, novelist and poet.                     

Eilert Sundt

Eilert Sundt 5 Eilert Lund Sundt was a Norwegian theologist and sociologist, known for his work on mortality, marriage and other subjects among the working class. He was an early pioneer of the field of sociology in Norway.

Erik the Red

Erik the Red 5 Erik Thorvaldsson, known as Erik the Red, was a Norse explorer, described in medieval and Icelandic saga sources as having founded the first European settlement in Greenland. Erik most likely earned the epithet "the Red" due to the color of his hair and beard. According to Icelandic sagas, Erik was born in the Jæren district of Rogaland, Norway, as the son of Thorvald Asvaldsson; to which Thorvald would later be banished from Norway, and would sail west to Iceland with Erik and his family. During Erik's life in Iceland, he married Þjódhild Jorundsdottir and would have four children, with one of Erik's sons being the well-known Icelandic explorer Leif Erikson. Around the year of 982, Erik was exiled from Iceland for three years, during which time he explored Greenland, eventually culminating in his founding of the first successful European settlement on the island. Erik would later die there around 1003 CE during a winter epidemic.

Peder Claussøn Friis

Peder Claussøn Friis 5 Peder Claussøn Friis was a Norwegian clergyman, author and historian. He is most associated with his translation of Snorre Sturlessøns Norske Kongers Chronica.

Skule Bårdsson

Skule Bårdsson 5 Skule Bårdsson or Duke Skule was a Norwegian nobleman and claimant to the royal throne against his son-in-law, King Haakon Haakonsson. Henrik Ibsen's play Kongs-Emnerne (1863) is about the dispute between Duke Skule and King Haakon.

Otto Ruge

Otto Ruge 5 Otto Ruge was a Norwegian general. Ruge was Commander-in-chief of the Royal Norwegian Armed Forces after Nazi Germany's assault on Norway in April 1940.

Folke Bernadotte

Folke Bernadotte 5 Folke Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg was a Swedish nobleman and diplomat. In World War II he negotiated the release of about 450 Danish Jews and 30,550 non-Jewish prisoners from many nations from the Nazi German Theresienstadt concentration camp. They were released on 14 April 1945. In 1945 he received a German surrender offer from Heinrich Himmler, though the offer was ultimately rejected by the allies.

Erik Werenskiold

Erik Werenskiold 5 Erik Theodor Werenskiold was a Norwegian painter and illustrator. He is especially known for his drawings for the Asbjørnsen and Moe collection of Norske Folkeeventyr, and his illustrations for the Norwegian edition of the Snorri Sturlason Heimskringla.

Carl Gustav Fleischer

Carl Gustav Fleischer 5 Carl Gustav Fleischer was a Norwegian general and the first land commander to win a major victory against the Germans in the Second World War. Having followed the Norwegian government into exile at the end of the Norwegian Campaign, Fleischer committed suicide after being bypassed for appointment as commander-in-chief of the Norwegian Armed Forces in exile and being sent to the insignificant post as commander of Norwegian forces in Canada.

Amalie Skram

Amalie Skram 5 Amalie Skram was a Norwegian author and feminist who gave voice to a woman's point of view with her naturalist writing. In Norway, she is frequently considered the most important female writer of the Modern Breakthrough. Her more notable works include a tetralogy, Hellemyrsfolket (1887–98) which portray relations within a family over four generations.

Oscar Wisting

Oscar Wisting 5 Oscar Adolf Wisting was a Norwegian Naval officer and polar explorer. Together with Roald Amundsen he was the first person to reach both the North and South Poles.

Jørgen Bjelke

Jørgen Bjelke 5 Jørgen Bjelke was a Norwegian officer and nobleman. He was born at Elingaard Manor on Onsøy near Fredrikstad, in Østfold County, Norway and died in Kalundborg, Denmark.

Johan Nygaardsvold

Johan Nygaardsvold 5 Johan Nygaardsvold was a Norwegian politician from the Labour Party who served as the 21st prime minister of Norway from 1935 to 1945. From June 1940 until May 1945, he oversaw the Norwegian Government-in-exile from London as head of the Nygaardsvold cabinet during the occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany.

Georg Stang

Georg Stang 5 Hans Georg Jacob Stang was a Norwegian military officer and politician from the Liberal Party. He served as the Norwegian Minister of Defence from 1900 to 1903.

Alf Prøysen

Alf Prøysen 5 Alf Prøysen was a Norwegian author, poet, playwright, songwriter and musician. Prøysen was one of the most important Norwegian cultural personalities in the second half of the 20th century. He worked in several different media including books, newspapers and records. He also made significant contributions to music as well as to television and radio. He also wrote in the Arbeiderbladet from 1954 until his death.

Gerhard Armauer Hansen

Gerhard Armauer Hansen 4 Gerhard Henrik Armauer Hansen was a Norwegian physician, remembered for his identification of the bacterium Mycobacterium leprae in 1873 as the causative agent of leprosy. His distinguished work was recognized at the International Leprosy Congress held at Bergen in 1909.


Gange-Rolv 4 Gange-Rolv (Göngu-Hrólfr) var en norsk vikinghøvding og sagafigur som egentlig het Hrólfr Rögnvaldsson og var sønn av Ragnvald Mørejarl, kjent som jarlen som klippet Harald Hårfagre etter at Norge var samlet til ett rike.

Erling Skjalgsson

Erling Skjalgsson 4 Erling Skjalgsson, på Sola, "Rygekongen", Herse/Høvding i Rogaland, was a Norwegian political leader of the late 10th and early 11th centuries. He has been commonly seen as this period's foremost defender of the historic Norwegian social system. Erling fought for the traditional small, autonomous kingdoms and the þing system, against the reformists of the Fairhair family line.

Hallvard Vebjørnsson

Hallvard Vebjørnsson 4 Hallvard Vebjørnsson, commonly referred to as Saint Hallvard, is the patron saint of Oslo. He is considered a martyr because of his defence of an innocent thrall woman. His religious feast day is 15 May.

Kjeld Stub

Kjeld Stub 4 Kjeld Lauridsen Stub was a Dano-Norwegian priest. He was also involved in the Thirty Years' War in various roles.

Maurits Hansen

Maurits Hansen 4 Maurits Christopher Hansen was a Norwegian writer.                                                 

Jonas Rein

Jonas Rein 4 Jonas Rein was a Norwegian priest, poet and member of the Norwegian Constituent Assembly at Eidsvoll in 1814.

Theodor Kittelsen

Theodor Kittelsen 4 Theodor Severin Kittelsen was a Norwegian artist. He is one of the most popular artists in Norway. Kittelsen became famous for his nature paintings, as well as for his illustrations of fairy tales and legends, especially of trolls.

Olav Bjaaland

Olav Bjaaland 4 Olav Bjaaland was a Norwegian ski champion and polar explorer. In 1911, he was one of the first five men to reach the South Pole as part of Amundsen's South Pole expedition.

Søren Jaabæk

Søren Jaabæk 4 Søren Pedersen Jaabæk was a Norwegian politician and farmer. Jaabæk is the longest-serving member of the Norwegian Parliament in the history of Norway, and was one of the founders of the Liberal Party of Norway.

Kyrre Grepp

Kyrre Grepp 4 Olav Kyrre Grepp was a Norwegian politician, leader of the Norwegian Labour Party. Grepp became a Communist by the end of his life and was active in the Comintern.

Christian Michelsen

Christian Michelsen 4 Peter Christian Hersleb Kjerschow Michelsen, better known as Christian Michelsen, was a Norwegian shipping magnate and statesman. He was the first prime minister of independent Norway and Norway's 9th prime minister from 1905 to 1907. Michelsen is most known for his central role in the dissolution of the union between Norway and Sweden in 1905, and was one of Norway's most influential politicians of his time.

Kristine Bonnevie

Kristine Bonnevie 4 Kristine Elisabet Heuch Bonnevie was a Norwegian biologist. She was the first woman to graduate with a science doctorate in Norway, Norway's first woman professor, a women's rights activist, and a politician for the Free-minded Liberal Party. Her fields of research were cytology, genetics, and embryology. She was among the first women to be elected to political office in Norway. She suggested the epic voyage of her graduate student Thor Heyerdahl on the raft Kon-tiki, a voyage memorialized in the Kon-Tiki Museum, Oslo.

Arnulf Øverland

Arnulf Øverland 4 Ole Peter Arnulf Øverland was a Norwegian poet and artist. He is principally known for his poetry which served to inspire the Norwegian resistance movement during the German occupation of Norway during World War II.

Henrik Sørensen

Henrik Sørensen 4 Henrik Sørensen was a Norwegian painter.                                                           

Sonja Henie

Sonja Henie 4 Sonja Henie was a Norwegian figure skater and film star. She was a three-time Olympic champion in women's singles, a ten-time World champion (1927–1936) and a six-time European champion (1931–1936). Henie has won more Olympic and World titles than any other ladies' figure skater. She is one of only two skaters to defend a ladies' singles Olympic title, the other being Katarina Witt, and her six European titles have only been matched by Witt.

Gerhard Munthe

Gerhard Munthe 4 Gerhard Peter Frantz Munthe was a Norwegian painter and illustrator.                               

Sigvatr Þórðarson

Sigvatr Þórðarson 4 Sigvatr Þórðarson or Sighvatr Þórðarson or Sigvat the Skald (995–1045) was an Icelandic skald. He was a court poet to King Olaf II of Norway, as well as Canute the Great, Magnus the Good and Anund Jacob, by whose reigns his floruit can be dated to the earlier eleventh century. Sigvatr was the best known of the court skalds of King Olaf and also served as his marshal (stallare), even baptizing his son Magnus.

Hjalmar Riiser-Larsen

Hjalmar Riiser-Larsen 4 Hjalmar Riiser-Larsen was a Norwegian aviation pioneer, military officer, polar explorer and businessman. Among his achievements, he is generally regarded a founder of the Royal Norwegian Air Force.

Halfdan Kjerulf

Halfdan Kjerulf 4 Halfdan Kjerulf was a Norwegian composer.                                                           

Magnus the Good

Magnus the Good 4 Magnus Olafsson, better known as Magnus the Good, was King of Norway from 1035 and King of Denmark from 1042 until his death in 1047.

Bernt Lie

Bernt Lie 4 Bernt Bessesen Lie was a Norwegian novelist.                                                       

Petter Dass

Petter Dass 4 Petter Pettersen Dass was a Lutheran priest and the foremost Norwegian poet of his generation, writing both baroque hymns and topographical poetry.

Nicolay Peter Drejer

Nicolay Peter Drejer 4 Nicolay Peter Dreyer was a Norwegian military officer with the rank of captain. He was born in Fosnes. He became a legend during the Battle of Trangen on 25 April 1808, leading his infantry regiment first from a roof, then from a tree stump with the height of a man. The stump was later named after him, a series of myths developed after his death, and he became a national symbol in 1814 and in 1905.

Erling Skakke

Erling Skakke 3 Erling Ormsson, known as Erling Skakke, was a Norwegian Jarl during the 12th century. He was the father of Magnus V, who reigned as King of Norway from 1161 to 1184.

Tore Hjort

Tore Hjort 3 Tore Hjort var en norsk høvding fra Vågen i Hålogaland i det nordlige Norge.                       

Jørgen Løvland

Jørgen Løvland 3 Jørgen Gunnarsson Løvland was a Norwegian statesman, educator and civil servant who served as the 10th prime minister of Norway from 1907 to 1908. He belonged to the Liberal Party.

Saint George

Saint George 3 Saint George, also George of Lydda, was an early Christian martyr who is venerated as a saint in Christianity. According to tradition, he was a soldier in the Roman army. Of Cappadocian Greek origin, he became a member of the Praetorian Guard for Roman emperor Diocletian, but was sentenced to death for refusing to recant his Christian faith. He became one of the most venerated saints, heroes and megalomartyrs in Christianity, and he has been especially venerated as a military saint since the Crusades. He is respected by Christians, Druze, as well as some Muslims as a martyr of monotheistic faith.

Peter Egge

Peter Egge 3 Peter Egge was a renowned Norwegian author, journalist and playwright. His writing career extended from 1891 until 1955.

Sigurd Syr

Sigurd Syr 3 Sigurd Syr, född omkring 970, död cirka 1020, var enligt Heimskringla sonsons son till Harald Hårfager och småkung av Ringerike. Sigurd var gift med Åsta Gudbrandsdatter och hade med henne fem barn, Guttorm, Gunnhild, Halvdan, Ingrid och Harald. Han var dessutom styvfar till den blivande helgonkungen Olav, som var hustrun Åstas son i hennes tidigare äktenskap med Harald Grenske. Den yngste av hans egna söner blev också kung i Norge och kallades då Harald Hårdråde.

Thorvald Erichsen

Thorvald Erichsen 3 Thorvald Erichsen was a Norwegian Post-Impressionist painter; known primarily for landscapes and still-lifes.

Niels Juel

Niels Juel 3 Niels Juel was a Danish admiral and naval hero. He served as supreme command of the Dano-Norwegian Navy during the late 17th century and oversaw development of the Danish-Norwegian Navy.

Sophus Lie

Sophus Lie 3 Marius Sophus Lie was a Norwegian mathematician. He largely created the theory of continuous symmetry and applied it to the study of geometry and differential equations. He also made substantial contributions to the development of algebra.

Christian Krohg

Christian Krohg 3 Christian Krohg was a Norwegian naturalist painter, illustrator, author and journalist. Krohg was inspired by the realism art movement and often chose motifs from everyday life. He was the director and served as the first professor at the Norwegian Academy of Arts from 1909 to 1925.

Fredrikke Marie Qvam

Fredrikke Marie Qvam 3 Fredrikke Marie Qvam was a Norwegian humanitarian leader, feminist, liberal politician and the wife of Prime Minister Ole Anton Qvam. She was the founder (1896) of the Norwegian Women's Public Health Association that grew to become Norway's largest women's organisation with 250,000 members, and served as its first President from 1896 to 1933, and as its Honorary President from 1933 until her death. She also served as president of the Norwegian Association for Women's Rights from 1899 to 1903. She was widely regarded as one of the most influential and successful political lobbyists of her time, and was described in the journal Samtiden in 1915 as the "Queen of the corridors." She was addressed as "Madam Cabinet Minister" and later as "Madam Prime Minister", using her husband's titles.

Westye Egeberg

Westye Egeberg 3 Westye Egeberg was a Danish born, Norwegian businessperson. He founded Westye Egeberg & Co. a Norwegian timber company that existed from 1800 to 1929.

Olav V

Olav V 3 Olav V was King of Norway from 1957 until his death in 1991.                                       

Jacob Aall

Jacob Aall 3 Jacob Aall was a Norwegian politician, historian, landowner and government economist.               

Johannes Brun

Johannes Brun 3 Johannes Finne Brun was a Norwegian stage actor.                                                   

Erika Nissen

Erika Nissen 3 Erika Nissen, née Lie, also known as Erika Røring Møinichen Lie Nissen, was a Norwegian pianist.   

Betzy Kjelsberg

Betzy Kjelsberg 3 Betzy Aleksandra Kjelsberg was a Norwegian women's rights activist, suffragist and a member of the feminist movement. She was a politician with the Liberal Party and the first female board member of the party.

Sigurd Hoel

Sigurd Hoel 3 Sigurd Hoel was a Norwegian author and publishing consultant, born in Nord-Odal. A prolific writer and critic, during the World War II he was a member of the Norwegian resistance movement.

Tor Jonsson

Tor Jonsson 3 Tor Jonsson was a Norwegian author and journalist. Tor Jonsson is known for simple, strongly worded lyric poetry, but his poems stir up conflicts and a sense of loneliness. One senses a strong resistance to the legacy of national romantic spirit in his works.

Paal Berg

Paal Berg 3 Paal Olav Berg, born in Hammerfest, was a Norwegian politician for the Liberal Party. He was Minister of Social Affairs 1919–1920, and Minister of Justice 1924–1926. He was the 12th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1929 to 1946.

Olaf Bull

Olaf Bull 3 Olaf Jacob Martin Luther Breda Bull was a Norwegian poet. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature six times.

Peter Anker

Peter Anker 3 Peter Anker was a Norwegian diplomat, military officer and colonial general. He served as Consul in Hull, consul general in London and later as governor for the Danish settlement of Tranquebar. He was also known for his watercolour illustrations documenting his travels and life.

Sven Oftedal

Sven Oftedal 3 Sven Oftedal was a Norwegian American Lutheran minister. He served as the 3rd president of Augsburg University and helped found the Lutheran Free Church.

Gina Krog

Gina Krog 3 Jørgine Anna Sverdrup "Gina" Krog was a Norwegian suffragist, teacher, liberal politician, writer and editor, and a major figure in liberal feminism in Scandinavia.

Abraham Berge

Abraham Berge 3 Abraham Theodor Berge was the 15th prime minister of Norway from 1923 to 1924. He was a teacher and civil servant who represented the Liberal Party, the social liberal party, and later Free-minded Liberal Party, a right-of-centre party.

Viggo Ullmann

Viggo Ullmann 3 Johan Christian Viggo Ullmann was a Norwegian educator and politician with Venstre, the Norwegian social-liberal party. He was the son of the author Vilhelmine Ullmann, brother of the feminist Ragna Nielsen and the great grandfather of actress Liv Ullmann. Norway's first social doctor was his grandchild, also named Viggo Ullmann.

Johannes Steen

Johannes Steen 3 Johannes Wilhelm Christian Steen was a Norwegian statesman and educator who served as the 6th prime minister of Norway from 1891 to 1893 and from 1898 to 1902.

Haakon Sigurdsson

Haakon Sigurdsson 3 Haakon Sigurdsson, known as Haakon Jarl, was the de facto ruler of Norway from about 975 to 995. Sometimes he is styled as Haakon the Powerful, though the Ágrip and Historia Norwegiæ give the less flattering name Hákon Illi, that is, Haakon the Bad.

Johan Halvorsen

Johan Halvorsen 3 Johan Halvorsen was a Norwegian composer, conductor and violinist.                                 

Gustava Kielland

Gustava Kielland 3 Susanne Sophie Catharina Gustava Kielland was a Norwegian author and missionary pioneer.           

Rudolf Nilsen

Rudolf Nilsen 3 Rudolf William Nilsen was a Norwegian poet and journalist.                                         

Christian Skredsvig

Christian Skredsvig 3 Christian Skredsvig was a Norwegian painter and writer. He employed an artistic style reflecting naturalism. He is especially well known for his picturesque and lyrical depictions of the landscape.

Magnus VI

Magnus VI 3 Magnus Haakonsson was King of Norway from 1263 to 1280. One of his greatest achievements was the modernisation and nationalisation of the Norwegian law-code, after which he is known as Magnus the Law-mender. He was the first Norwegian monarch known to have used an ordinal number, although originally counting himself as "IV".

Kirsten Flagstad

Kirsten Flagstad 3 Kirsten Malfrid Flagstad was a Norwegian opera singer, who was the outstanding Wagnerian soprano of her era. Her triumphant debut in New York on 2 February 1935 is one of the legends of opera. Giulio Gatti-Casazza, the longstanding General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera said, “I have given America two great gifts — Caruso and Flagstad.”

Sigurd Slembe

Sigurd Slembe 3 Sigurd Magnusson Slembe was a Norwegian pretender to the throne.                                   

Eiríkr Hákonarson

Eiríkr Hákonarson 3 Erik Hakonsson, also known as Eric of Hlathir or Eric of Norway, was Earl of Lade, Governor of Norway and Earl of Northumbria. He was the son of Earl Hákon Sigurðarson and brother of the legendary Aud Haakonsdottir of Lade. He participated in the Battle of Hjörungavágr, the Battle of Svolder and the conquest of England by King Canute the Great.

Harald Hardrada

Harald Hardrada 3 Harald Sigurdsson, also known as Harald III of Norway and given the epithet Hardrada in the sagas, was King of Norway from 1046 to 1066. Additionally, he unsuccessfully claimed both the Danish throne until 1064 and the English throne in 1066. Before becoming king, Harald had spent around fifteen years in exile as a mercenary and military commander in Kievan Rus' and as a chief of the Varangian Guard in the Byzantine Empire. In his chronicle, Adam of Bremen called him the "Thunderbolt of the North".

C. J. Hambro

C. J. Hambro 3 Carl Joachim Hambro was a Norwegian journalist, author and leading politician representing the Conservative Party. A ten-term member of the Parliament of Norway, Hambro served as President of the Parliament for 20 of his 38 years in the legislature. He was actively engaged in international affairs, including work with the League of Nations (1939–1940), delegate to the UN General Assembly (1945–1956) and member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee (1940–1963).

Inge Krokann

Inge Krokann 3 Inge Krokann was a Norwegian writer. His most famous work is I Dovre Sno (1929), an epic story of the Loe family during the Middle Ages. Because his writing was full of local expressions and is so strongly tied to the use of the Oppdal dialect and idiosyncratic Nynorsk, his works are largely inaccessible and difficult to translate.

Kristofer Uppdal

Kristofer Uppdal 3 Kristofer Oliver Uppdal, born Opdal, was a Norwegian poet and author, born in Beitstad, Nord-Trøndelag.

Gabriel Scott

Gabriel Scott 3 Gabriel Scott was a Norwegian poet, novelist, playwright and children's writer.                     

Cathinka Guldberg

Cathinka Guldberg 3 Cathinka Augusta Guldberg was a Norwegian nurse, educator and deaconess. She was associated with the development of nursing education in Norway.

John Schjelderup Giæver

John Schjelderup Giæver 3 John Schjelderup Giæver was a Norwegian author and polar researcher.                               

Helmer Hanssen

Helmer Hanssen 3 Helmer Julius Hanssen was a Norwegian sailor, pilot and polar explorer. He participated in three of the polar expeditions led by Roald Amundsen and was one of the first five explorers to reach the South Pole.

Lady Inger

Lady Inger 3 Lady Inger is an 1854 play by Henrik Ibsen, inspired by the life of Inger, Lady of Austraat. The play, the third work of the Norwegian's career, reflects the birth of Romantic Nationalism in the Norway of that period, and had a strongly anti-Danish sentiment. It centers on the Scandinavia of 1510–1540 as the Kalmar Union collapsed, the impacts of the Reformation were becoming evident in Norway, and a last desperate struggle was being mounted to maintain Norwegian independence. Its initial sentiments were so strongly anti-Danish that Ibsen ultimately toned them down.

Carsten Anker

Carsten Anker 3 Carsten Tank Anker was a Norwegian businessman, civil servant, politician and one of the Fathers of the Constitution of Norway. He was the owner of the manor house in Akershus at which the original National Assembly (Riksforsamlingen) of Norway was held. The manor house has since then been given the name Eidsvollsbygningen.

Anthon B. Nilsen

Anthon B. Nilsen 3 Anthon Bernhard Elias Nilsen was a Norwegian businessman and politician for the Conservative Party. He also wrote novels, under the pseudonym Elias Kræmmer.

Paul Linaae

Paul Linaae 3 Paul Sohnwaldt Linaae (1791–1866) var en norsk skipsreder, kunstner og bokholder. Han er kjent for byprospekter og landskapsakvareller.

Olea Crøger

Olea Crøger 3 Olea Crøger was a Norwegian music teacher who was a pioneer in the collection of folk music and folklore. She is considered to have been one of the first to systematically collect folk songs and melodies in Telemark.

Olav Oksvik

Olav Oksvik 3 Olav Berntsen Oksvik was a Norwegian politician for the Labour and Social Democratic Labour parties. He served as a member of the Parliament of Norway from 1928 until 1952 and then as the County Governor of Møre og Romsdal county from 1952 until his death in 1958.

Helge Ingstad

Helge Ingstad 3 Helge Marcus Ingstad was a Norwegian explorer. In 1960, after mapping some Norse settlements, Ingstad and his wife archaeologist Anne Stine Ingstad found remnants of a Viking settlement in L'Anse aux Meadows in the province of Newfoundland in Canada. They were thus the first to prove conclusively that the Icelandic/Greenlandic Norsemen such as Leif Erickson had found a way across the Atlantic Ocean to North America, roughly 500 years before Christopher Columbus and John Cabot. He also thought that the mysterious disappearance of the Greenland Norse Settlements in the 14th and 15th centuries could be explained by their emigration to North America.

Charles XII of Sweden

Charles XII of Sweden 3 Charles XII, sometimes Carl XII or Carolus Rex, was King of Sweden from 1697 to 1718. He belonged to the House of Palatinate-Zweibrücken, a branch line of the House of Wittelsbach. Charles was the only surviving son of Charles XI and Ulrika Eleonora the Elder. He assumed power, after a seven-month caretaker government, at the age of fifteen.

Haakon IV

Haakon IV 3 Haakon IV Haakonsson, sometimes called Haakon the Old in contrast to his namesake son, was King of Norway from 1217 to 1263. His reign lasted for 46 years, longer than any Norwegian king since Harald Fairhair. Haakon was born into the troubled civil war era in Norway, but his reign eventually managed to put an end to the internal conflicts. At the start of his reign, during his minority, Earl Skule Bårdsson served as regent. As a king of the Birkebeiner faction, Haakon defeated the uprising of the final Bagler royal pretender, Sigurd Ribbung, in 1227. He put a definitive end to the civil war era when he had Skule Bårdsson killed in 1240, a year after he had himself proclaimed king in opposition to Haakon. Haakon thereafter formally appointed his own son as his co-regent.


Sunniva 3 Saint Sunniva is the patron saint of the Norwegian Church of Norway Diocese of Bjørgvin, as well as all of Western Norway.

Gunnar Knudsen

Gunnar Knudsen 3 Gunnar Knudsen, born Aanon Gunerius Knudsen, was a Norwegian politician from the Liberal Party who served as the 11th prime minister of Norway twice from 1908 to 1910 and from 1913 to 1920. He also inherited a shipping company, and founded the shipping company Borgestad ASA.

Oscar Nissen

Oscar Nissen 3 Elias Gottlieb Oscar Egede Nissen was a Norwegian physician, newspaper editor and politician. He belonged to the Norwegian Labour Party from 1889 to his death, and was both party leader, party secretary as well as editor of the party organ Social-Demokraten for a period. He also made his mark as a campaigner for temperance and better health conditions. He was also chairman of the Norwegian Santal Mission.
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