Mari Boine running with a horse on a beach

Mari Boine: The Sound of the Sami

Her minimalist folk songs have helped transform the image of the Norwegian Sami. Now the rest of the world is starting to pay attention. Mari Boine is without doubt one of the most famous Sami people in Norway....
Sami flag with smoke style

The Sami People

After decades of struggle, the Sami people of Norway have their own Parliament and a distinctive culture more visible than ever before. A visible part of life in northern Norway thanks to the distinctive colours of...
Norwegian chess player Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen

He rode his luck at times, but the Norwegian Grandmaster who made chess cool in Norway retained the World Chess Championship in 2018. The champion again Magnus Carlsen has successfully defended his world title after beating...
Children's author Roald Dahl had a Norwegian upbringing

British-Norwegian Author Roald Dahl

Born in Wales to Norwegian immigrant parents, Dahl grew up speaking Norwegian at home. It was Welsh coal that brought Roald Dahl into the world, 100 years ago on September 13 1916. That is, it was...
Statue of Edvard Munch in Norway

Edvard Munch

I scream, you scream, we all scream for… Edvard Munch. Highly regarded for his exploration of dark themes, Munch is one of Norway’s most famous people. The artist also influenced the expressionist painting scene that took...
Statue of Henrik Ibsen in Oslo

Henrik Ibsen

One of the world’s most influential playwrights and poets has left a huge legacy on Norwegian culture. Henrik Ibsen excelled as a playwright, with works such as the lyrical play Peer Gynt, the mind-bending drama The...
Alexander Rybak will represent Norway at the 2018 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest

Alexander Rybak: Norway’s Darling of Eurovision

Born in Minsk, Alexander Rybak moved to Norway at a young age and became a household name with his 2009 Eurovision win. Now he wants to do it all again… A European fairytale It's been nine...
A typical blonde Norwegian women in a Viking outfit

Norwegian Women

Three of Norway's leaders in the current coalition are female and the country is one of the most gender equal in the world. The US News & World Report has ranked Norway 4th in the 2019...
Norwegian footballer Martin Ødegaard

Martin Ødegaard

The young Norwegian footballer who signed for Real Madrid is now making a name for himself in the Dutch League. As a 16-year-old, Martin Ødegaard was the name on the lips of every football fan (or...
Ole Einar Bjørndalen at the IBU World Cup in Trondheim

Ole Einar Bjørndalen

One of the greatest ever Norwegian athletes, professional biathlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen has recently announced his retirement at the age of 44. The most successful ever male Winter Olympian, Ole Einar Bjørndalen is a true Norwegian sporting...