History UsefulNotes / Norway

23rd May '17 7:29:53 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Varg Vikernes, aka Count Grishnack, the infamous {{black metal}}ler serving a prison sentence for murdering another infamous black metaller. He and his pals, in addition to already-existing Germanic mythos, are responsible for Norway's reputation in metalhead society as some kind of GrimUpNorth metal heaven where setting churches on fire is still a fair game.
* Creator/RoaldDahl was Norwegian-British. Norway features in some of his books (such as ''Literature/TheWitches'') and he also wrote fondly about visiting the country in his autobiography.

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* Varg Vikernes, aka Count Grishnack, the infamous neo-Nazi {{black metal}}ler serving who served a prison sentence for murdering another infamous black metaller. He and his pals, in addition to already-existing Germanic mythos, are responsible for Norway's reputation in metalhead society as some kind of GrimUpNorth metal heaven where setting churches on fire is still a fair game.
* The UsefulNotes/{{Brit|ain}}ish author Creator/RoaldDahl was Norwegian-British.born to Norwegian parents. Norway features in some of his books (such as ''Literature/TheWitches'') and he also wrote fondly about visiting the country in his autobiography.
2nd Apr '17 2:31:33 PM ElSquibbonator
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* ''Disney/Frozen'' takes place in the fictional kingdom of Arendelle, which WordOfGod says is based on Norway.

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* ''Disney/Frozen'' ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' takes place in the fictional kingdom of Arendelle, which WordOfGod says is based on Norway.
2nd Apr '17 2:31:08 PM ElSquibbonator
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* ''Disney/Frozen'' takes place in the fictional kingdom of Arendelle, which WordOfGod says is based on Norway.
31st Mar '17 6:40:21 PM JulianLapostat
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Norway ('''Norwegian Bokmål:''' ''Norge'', '''Norwegian Nynorsk:''' ''Noreg''), officially known as the Kingdom of Norway ('''Norwegian Bokmål:''' ''Kongeriket Norge'', '''Norwegian Nynorsk:''' ''Kongeriket Noreg''). Once one of lands of TheVikings, now the land of petroleum. And the Nobel Peace Prize. Norway is also the go-to place for tourists interested in fjords, midnight sun, aurora borealis, cartoon moose, troll figurines, mountains and fish. There are also actual live elks/moose and reindeer. In fact, the road signs that warn against crossing elks (triangular with a black elk silhouette on white background with a red border) often get stolen by foreign tourists that for some reason are fascinated by the animals.

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Norway ('''Norwegian Bokmål:''' ''Norge'', '''Norwegian Nynorsk:''' ''Noreg''), officially known as the Kingdom of Norway ('''Norwegian Bokmål:''' ''Kongeriket Norge'', '''Norwegian Nynorsk:''' ''Kongeriket Noreg''). Once one of lands of TheVikings, UsefulNotes/TheVikingAge, now the land of petroleum. And the Nobel Peace Prize. Norway is also the go-to place for tourists interested in fjords, midnight sun, aurora borealis, cartoon moose, troll figurines, mountains and fish. There are also actual live elks/moose and reindeer. In fact, the road signs that warn against crossing elks (triangular with a black elk silhouette on white background with a red border) often get stolen by foreign tourists that for some reason are fascinated by the animals.
9th Jan '17 9:04:11 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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-->--'''Haakon Haakonson''', ''The Pretenders'' by Creator/HenrikIbsen

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-->--'''Haakon Haakonson''', Haakonson,''' ''The Pretenders'' by Creator/HenrikIbsen



* Fridtjof Nansen, polar explorer, biologist, oceanographer and diplomat. Travelled throughout the Artic, including a failed attempt to reach the North Pole on skis in 1896. Later in life engaged in humanitarian work, like facilitating the Greek/Turkish population exchange, providing aid to Armenian refugees in the wake of the Turkish genocide against them, and providing relief during famine caused by the Russian civil war.
* Thor Heyerdahl, archeologist and ethnologist. Best known for the 1947 [[ExperimentalArcheology Kon-Tiki expedition]], where he and five others crossed the South Pacific from Peru to the Tuamotu Archipelago in a flimsy balsa raft in order to prove that it was possible for the South Pacific islands to have been originally populated by South American natives travelling in such a fashion. Apparently considered a hero by fans of tiki culture. His adventure was made into the 1951 documentary film, ''Film/KonTiki''.

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* Fridtjof Nansen, polar explorer, biologist, oceanographer and diplomat. Travelled throughout the Artic, Arctic, including a failed attempt to reach the North Pole on skis in 1896. Later in life engaged in humanitarian work, like facilitating the Greek/Turkish population exchange, providing aid to Armenian refugees in the wake of the Turkish genocide against them, and providing relief during famine caused by the Russian civil war.
* Thor Heyerdahl, archeologist and ethnologist. Best known for the 1947 [[ExperimentalArcheology Kon-Tiki expedition]], where he and five others crossed the South Pacific from Peru to the Tuamotu Archipelago in a flimsy balsa raft in order to prove that it was possible for the South Pacific islands to have been originally populated by South American natives travelling in such a fashion. Apparently considered a hero by fans of tiki culture. His adventure was made into the 1951 documentary film, ''Film/KonTiki''.''Film/KonTiki.''
9th Jan '17 9:01:06 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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The language struggle has arguably been the most popular topic for bickering in Norway. Norwegians talk much about weather, but there is a constant bickering on the subject of correct grammar, to the point that "correct Norwegian grammar" hardly exists. The result is that a lot of "personal" writing standards can be found, as well as a strong will to preserve the existing dialects, who again is debated on correctnes {{up to eleven}}. All in all: Norway is a peaceful country, but this quarrel has made people take to the streets more than once, and at least one prime minister had to resign because of the matter.

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The language struggle has arguably been the most popular topic for bickering in Norway. Norwegians talk much about weather, but there is a constant bickering on the subject of correct grammar, to the point that "correct Norwegian grammar" hardly exists. The result is that a lot of "personal" writing standards can be found, as well as a strong will to preserve the existing dialects, who again is debated on correctnes correctness {{up to eleven}}. All in all: Norway is a peaceful country, but this quarrel has made people take to the streets more than once, and at least one prime minister had to resign because of the matter.
9th Jan '17 8:58:59 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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Unlike their Danish counterparts, the Norwegian farmers had the right to bear arms, for the sake of hunting. Thus, they mustered time and again to local revolts when the taxes on behalf of the Danish king became too harsh. And when they did not rebel against authorities, or fought invading Swedes, they fought eachother. During a span of 30 years, a local teacher documented several murders and fights done with knife (and sometimes also axes) in one single valley. And statistics tell it was just as bad in other parts of the country. No wonder both Danes and Swedes tended to see Norwegians as somewhat wild and barbaric. But the idea of the free farmer was cherished even in Denmark, where "the Norwegian" came to be compared to the {{noble savage}}.

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Unlike their Danish counterparts, the Norwegian farmers had the right to bear arms, for the sake of hunting. Thus, they mustered time and again to local revolts when the taxes on behalf of the Danish king became too harsh. And when they did not rebel against authorities, or fought invading Swedes, they fought eachother.each other. During a span of 30 years, a local teacher documented several murders and fights done with knife (and sometimes also axes) in one single valley. And statistics tell it was just as bad in other parts of the country. No wonder both Danes and Swedes tended to see Norwegians as somewhat wild and barbaric. But the idea of the free farmer was cherished even in Denmark, where "the Norwegian" came to be compared to the {{noble savage}}.
9th Jan '17 8:55:25 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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Norwegians display striking amounts of mostly harmless nationalism, which likely grew from the fact that Norway during the late middle ages and early modern period always was under the thumb of one of its Scandinavian neighbor-countries. It began in 1380 when King Olaf II of Denmark also ascended the throne of Norway, and it was ratified in 1397 with the advent of the Kalmar Union which united the vast majority of Scandinavia under the Danish crown. After Sweden broke away from the Kalmar Union in 1523 and thereby ended it, Norway would remain in a personal union under Denmark as a part of the realm Denmark-Norway until 1814, where Denmark was forced to give up the entire territory of Norway in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars. Though the Norwegians used this opportunity to declare independence, draft a constitution[[labelnote:*]]Making it one of the world's oldest active constitutions, dating to 1814, though it does not accurately reflect the workings of the parliamentary democracy in place since 1884[[/labelnote]], and install a king of their own, Christian Frederick (who would later ascent the Danish throne as Christian VIII), part of the peace Denmark had signed had formally ceded Norway to Sweden, so in the summer of 1814 Sweden swiftly invaded Norway, resulting in conquest. Although the Swedes did acknowledge the Norwegian constitution as a part of the peace deal, they forced the recently crowned king to abdicate and renounce all claims on the Norwegian throne, forcing the country to accept yet another personal union, this time under the Swedish crown. Norway would finally achieve true independence as a constitutional monarchy in 1905, following a peaceful separation deal with Sweden, after which it [[UsefulNotes/OtherRoyalFamilies once again adopted a Danish prince, Prince Carl, and his family]], gave them Norwegian names, and made them regents.

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Norwegians display striking amounts of mostly harmless nationalism, which likely grew from the fact that Norway during the late middle ages Middle Ages and early modern period always was under the thumb of one of its Scandinavian neighbor-countries. It began in 1380 when King Olaf II of Denmark also ascended the throne of Norway, and it was ratified in 1397 with the advent of the Kalmar Union which united the vast majority of Scandinavia under the Danish crown. After Sweden broke away from the Kalmar Union in 1523 and thereby ended it, Norway would remain in a personal union under Denmark as a part of the realm Denmark-Norway until 1814, where Denmark was forced to give up the entire territory of Norway in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars. Though the Norwegians used this opportunity to declare independence, draft a constitution[[labelnote:*]]Making it one of the world's oldest active constitutions, dating to 1814, though it does not accurately reflect the workings of the parliamentary democracy in place since 1884[[/labelnote]], and install a king of their own, Christian Frederick (who would later ascent the Danish throne as Christian VIII), part of the peace Denmark had signed had formally ceded Norway to Sweden, so in the summer of 1814 Sweden swiftly invaded Norway, resulting in conquest. Although the Swedes did acknowledge the Norwegian constitution as a part of the peace deal, they forced the recently crowned king to abdicate and renounce all claims on the Norwegian throne, forcing the country to accept yet another personal union, this time under the Swedish crown. Norway would finally achieve true independence as a constitutional monarchy in 1905, following a peaceful separation deal with Sweden, after which it [[UsefulNotes/OtherRoyalFamilies once again adopted a Danish prince, Prince Carl, and his family]], gave them Norwegian names, and made them regents.
5th Jan '17 8:53:19 PM jormis29
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* Thor Heyerdahl, archeologist and ethnologist. Best known for the 1947 [[ExperimentalArcheology Kon-Tiki expedition]], where he and five others crossed the South Pacific from Peru to the Tuamotu Archipelago in a flimsy balsa raft in order to prove that it was possible for the South Pacific islands to have been originally populated by South American natives travelling in such a fashion. Apparently considered a hero by fans of tiki culture.

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* Thor Heyerdahl, archeologist and ethnologist. Best known for the 1947 [[ExperimentalArcheology Kon-Tiki expedition]], where he and five others crossed the South Pacific from Peru to the Tuamotu Archipelago in a flimsy balsa raft in order to prove that it was possible for the South Pacific islands to have been originally populated by South American natives travelling in such a fashion. Apparently considered a hero by fans of tiki culture. His adventure was made into the 1951 documentary film, ''Film/KonTiki''.
11th Nov '16 3:21:36 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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[[caption-width-right:330: ''Ja, vi elsker dette landet...'']]
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