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Archive photography from Stryn on the Nordfjord

Norway in 1900: Living by the Nordfjord

These old photos from around the year 1900 reveal what life used to be like living near one of Norway's most famous fjords. Norway's Nordfjord is a popular tourism spot with locals and international visitors. Cruise...
Historic Akershus Castle in Oslo, Norway

The History of Oslo

Oslo wasn’t always the capital of Norway. And for 300 years it wasn’t even called Oslo! Read on to find out more about Norway’s biggest city. The Oslo of today is every bit a modern European...
Lantern slide of Geiranger, Norway, circa 1900

Norway in 1900: Amazing Souvenir Lantern Slides

Step back in time more than 100 years with this collection of hand-tinted lantern slides. They capture some of the most popular tourist destinations in Norway, and how different they look! If you want to see...
Historical Bergen wharf

The History of Bergen

From a Viking trading city called Bjørgvin to the modern city we know today, Bergen's history is a fascinating one. Modern Bergen is known as the gateway to the fjords and is an important economic centre...
The Bergsgraven remains in Sweden included a battle axe

DNA Reveals Details of Scandinavian Battle Axe Culture

A new study published by the Royal Society reveals secrets about the mysterious Neolithic Battle Axe culture in parts of Scandinavia. We know now more about these fascinating 5,000-year-old people. The Battle Axe Culture (BAC) describes...
The iron arrowhead is 12cm long

Thousand Year Old Arrowhead Found In Hardanger

This 12cm-long iron arrowhead was found high up in the mountains near Eidfjord, at the end of the Hardangerfjord. As glaciers melt and the ground changes, historical artefacts are turning up more frequently. The latest find...
Johan Sverdrup oil field

Black Gold: Norway’s Oil Story

Norway wouldn’t be the country it is today without oil and gas. We take a look back at the history of the country’s petroleum industry. Norwegian oil and gas is Norway’s largest and most important industry....
A farm in western Norway, c.1890

Norwegian Genealogy: How To Find Your Ancestors

Thanks to a new historical population registry, it’s never been easier to research your own Norwegian family heritage. I know many of our regular readers are Norwegian Americans with relatives who left Norway several generations ago....
Aftermath of Tafjord landslide and tsunami

Remembering the Tafjord Tsunami of 1934

In 1934, part of a Norwegian mountain crashed into a fjord, causing a tidal wave that destroyed communities. “It has happened before. It will happen again.” That’s the infamous statement shown at the beginning of Bølgen,...
Norway troll holding a flag

Norway’s Flag: The Evolution of a Norwegian Icon

Discover the history of the Norway's flag and why it says so much about the nation as whole. In most cases, the flag of a nation is such an evocative symbol. Its patterns and colours immediately...