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Famous Norwegians

Norway's Information

Flag of Norway
Land Area 304,282 km2
Water Area 19,520 km2
Total Area 323,802km2 (#67)
Population 5,265,158 (#120)
Population Density 17.30/km2
Government Type Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
GDP (PPP) $365.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $69,300
Currency Krone (NOK)
Largest Cities
People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.
  • Kjetil Andre Aamodt olympic ski medalist
  • Niels Henrik Abel mathematician
  • Alphabeat music group
  • Thomas Alsgaard olympic ski medalist
  • Ingvar Ambjornsen author
  • Roald Amundsen explorer polar regions, first to reach South Pole
  • Hjalmar Andersen olympic speed skating medalist
  • Leif Ove Andsnes pianist
  • Kurt Asle Arvesen bicycle racer
  • Kjell Aukrust author, poet
  • Berit Aunli olympic cross country ski medalist
  • Jan Siguard Baalsrud WWII freedom fighter, commando Norwegian resistance
  • Bernt Balchen aviator
  • Ivar Ballangrud olympic speed skating medalist
  • Ari Behn author, husband of Princess Martha Louise
  • Kristian Birkeland physicist
  • Andre Bjerke author, poet
  • Vilhelm Bjerknes meteorologist, "father" of modern weather forecasting
  • Jens Bjorneboe author
  • Bjornstjerne Bjornson author
  • Henrik Bjornstad golfer
  • Ketil Bjornstad composer, pianist
  • Jan Axel Blomberg musician
  • Mari Boine musician
  • Johan Borgen author
  • Oddvar Bra olympic cross country ski medalist
  • Espen Bredesen olympic ski jump medalist
  • Ane Brun singer, songwriter
  • Johan Nordahl Brun poet, dramatist
  • Gro Harlem Brundtland diplomat, first woman prime minister of Norway
  • Torbjorn Brundtland musician
  • Ole Bull violinist
C - D
  • Ivo Caprino film director, animator
  • John Carew football player
  • Lars Saabye Christensen author
  • Bjorn Daehlie olympic cross country ski medalist
  • Johan (I. C.) Dahl artist
  • Darkthrone band
  • Petter Dass clergyman, poet
  • Mona Drudt 1990 miss universe
  • Olav Duun author
  • Thomas Dybdahl singer, songwriter
E - F
  • Espen Eckbo actor
  • Tom Egeland author
  • Bjorn Eidsvag singer
  • Leif Erikson explorer
  • Stein Erikson olympic ski medalist
  • Frode Estil olympic cross country ski medalist
  • Johan Falkberget author
  • Kirsten Flagstad opera singer
  • Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesja olympic cycling medalist
  • Kjartan Flogstad author, poet
  • Ragnar Frisch economist
  • Egil Fylling composer, musician


  • Jostein Gaarder author
  • Jan Garbarek musician
  • Arne Garborg author
  • Ivar Giaever physicist, nobel prize laureate
  • Edvard Grieg composer, pianist
  • Rolf Groven artist
  • Sigmund Groven composer
  • Hans Gude artist
  • Trygve Haavelmo economist, nobel prize laureate
  • Kjell Hallbing author
  • Johan Halvorsen composer, conductor, violinist
  • Hans Hamran sailor of smallest known vessel to cross Atlantic Ocean (Norway to U.S.)
  • Harold Hamran sailor of smallest known vessel to cross Atlantic Ocean (Norway to U.S.)
  • Knut Hamsun author
  • Gerhard Armauer Hansen physician, discoverer leprosy bacteria
  • Morten Harket singer
  • Odd Hassel chemist, nobel prize laureate
  • Ian Haugland musician
  • Anders Heger publisher, author
  • Sonja Henie olympic skating medalist, actress
  • Hans Herbjornsrud author
  • Thor Heyerdahl archeologist, leader Kon-Tiki expedition
  • Odd-Bjorn Hjelmeset olympic cross country ski medalist
  • Sigurd Hoel author
  • Ludvig Holberg playwright
  • Thor Hushovd bicycle racer
I - J
  • Henrik Ibsen playwright
  • Sigurd Ibsen author, politician
  • Anne Stine Ingstad archaeologist
  • Helge Ingstad explorer
  • Gidsken Jacobsen aviation pioneer
  • Rolf Jacobsen poet
  • Roy Jacobsen author
  • Knut Johannesen olympic speed skating medalist
  • Fred Kavli inventor
  • Roy Khantatat (Roy Khan) singer
  • Alexander Kielland author

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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

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