• Jens Christian Bugge Wesseltoft                    (born 1 February 1964 in Porsgrunn) is a Norwegian jazz musician, pianist, composer and producer. He has his own label named Jazzland Records. In the 1990s, Bugge has made a transition from Nordic jazz traditions exemplified by the ECM record label to a style sometimes referred to as "future jazz" or nu jazz. He has played with Jan Garbarek. He also received in 1996 the "Spellemannprisen" for his album New Conception of Jazz, also in 1998 and 2002 for his albums with Sidsel Endresen, Duplex Ride and Out Here, In There. The track "Existence" could be heard in Philippe Harel's movie "Extension du domaine de la lutte", adaptation of Michel Houellebecq's roman, written in 1994.

  • Nils Petter Molvær                                          (born September 18, 1960) is a Norwegian jazz trumpeter, composer, and producer. Molvær is considered a pioneer in fusing jazz and electronic music, showcased on his best-selling album Khmer, released by the German record label ECM in October 1997 in Europe and early 1998 in North America.

  • Biosphere is the main recording name of Geir Jenssen (born 1962), a Norwegian musician who has released a notable catalogue of ambient electronic music. He is well known for his "ambient techno" and "arctic ambient" styles, his use of music loops, and peculiar samples from sci-fi sources. His track "Novelty Waves" was used for the 1995 campaign of Levi's.

  • Edvard Hagerup Grieg                                            (15 June 1843 – 4 September 1907) was a Norwegian composer and pianist. He is best known for his Piano Concerto in A minor, for his incidental music to Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt (which includes Morning Mood and In the Hall of the Mountain King), and for his collection of piano miniatures Lyric Pieces.

  • Jan Garbarek                                                      (born 4 March 1947) is a Norwegian tenor and soprano saxophonist, active in the jazz, classical, and world music genres. Garbarek was born in Mysen, Norway, the only child of a former Polish prisoner of war Czesław Garbarek and a Norwegian farmer's daughter. Effectively stateless until the age of seven (there was no automatic grant of citizenship in Norway at that time) Garbarek grew up in Oslo. At 21, he married Vigdis. His daughter Anja Garbarek is also a musician.


  • Edvard Munch                                                        (12 December 1863 – 23 January 1944) was a Norwegian Symbolist painter, printmaker and an important forerunner of expressionist art. His best-known composition, The Scream, is part of a series The Frieze of Life, in which Munch explored the themes of love, fear, death, melancholia, and anxiety.

  • Knut Hamsun                                                    (August 4, 1859 – February 19, 1952) was a Norwegian author, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920. He was praised by King Haakon VII of Norway as Norway's soul.

  • Henrik Ibsen                                                            (20 March 1828 – 23 May 1906) was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet. He is often referred to as "the father of prose drama" and is one of the founders of Modernism in the theatre. His major works include Brand, Peer Gynt, An Enemy of the People, Emperor and Galilean, A Doll's House, Hedda Gabler, Ghosts, The Wild Duck, and Rosmersholm.

  • Sigrid Undset                                                          (20 May 1882 – 10 June 1949) was a Norwegian novelist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928.

Ski jumpers:

  • Espen Bredesen                                                   (born February 2, 1968) is a Norwegian ski jumper who competed from 1990 to 2000 representing Oppsal IL/Kollenhopp in Oslo. At the 1992 Winter Olympics, he performed badly, coming last in the normal hill and 57th out of 59 on the large hill. He had converted from the classical to the V-style just a month previously. His poor performance gave him the nickname "Espen the Eagle", based on British ski jumper Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards. At the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 1993 in Falun, he won gold medals both in the team large hill and the individual large hill events. In the 1993/94 season, he won the Four Hills Tournament. He won gold and silver medals at the 1994 Winter Olympics at Lillehammer, and won a silver medal at the FIS Ski-Flying World Championships 1994 in Planica. Bredesen twice improved the world ski flying record with jumps of 209 meters (1994) and 210 meters (1997). Bredesen also won the ski jumping competition at the Holmenkollen ski festival in 1993. He was awarded the Holmenkollen medal in 1994 (shared with Ljubov Egorova and Vladimir Smirnov).

  • Bjørn Einar Romøren                                          (born 1 April 1981) is a Norwegian ski jumper representing Øvrevoll Hosle IL in Bærum.

  • Roar Ljøkelsøy                                                    (born 31 May 1976 in Orkdal) is a Norwegian ski jumper. Ljøkelsøy's early career was not particularly brilliant. While considered almost flawless technically, he did not win an individual World Cup event until 25 January 2003, at age 26. However, he was very consistent at a high level in both 2003/2004 and 2004/2005 seasons, always finishing second in the World Cup table behind Finland's Janne Ahonen. In 2003/2004, he won 7 out of the last 11 World Cup competitions, finishing 10 points short of Ahonen. In addition to winning 10 individual and 3 team World Cup competitions, he became the individual ski-flying world champion in Planica in 2004. In the same event, Ljøkelsøy also won the team event with fellow teammates Tommy Ingebrigtsen, Bjørn Einar Romøren and Sigurd Pettersen. At the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2005, he won a silver medal in the individual large hill and a bronze medal in the team large hill. In 2006, Ljøkelsøy retained his ski-flying world championship in Kulm, Bad Mitterndorf, winning with over 20 points to the next competitor, despite being sick. The next day, he led the Norwegian team to another Ski-flying World Championship in the Team event, together with his teammates Tommy Ingebrigtsen, Bjørn Einar Romøren and Lars Bystøl. At the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2007 in Sapporo, Ljøkelsøy won a silver in the team large hill and a bronze in the individual large hill.

  • Bjørn Wirkola                                                  (born 4 August 1943 in Alta) is former ski jumper and footballer from Norway.


  • Marit Bjørgen                                                    (born March 21, 1980 in Trondheim) is a Norwegian cross country skier and triple olympic champion from Midtre Gauldal, Norway. Bjørgen is the most successful sprinter in Cross-Country World Cup history, with twenty-four victories. She is ranked first in the all-time Cross-Country World Cup rankings together with fellow Norwegian Bjørn Dæhlie, with forty-six individual victories. One of her most notable achievements was becoming the most successful athlete at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, by winning five medals, including three gold medals.

  • Ole Einar Bjørndalen                                            (born 27 January 1974) is a Norwegian professional biathlete. He is often regarded as oneof the greatest athletes of all time. In 1992, he won his first career medal at the junior world championships. A year later In 1993, after winning a record three junior world championship titles, Bjørndalen made his Biathlon World Cup debut. His breakthrough came in 1994 when he featured on his first World Cup podium in a Sprint race held in Bad Gastein, Austria. Bjørndalen's first participation at the Olympic Games was during the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympics, which were held in his home country of Norway. He obtained his first major victory on 11 January 1996 in an individual competition held in Antholz-Anterselva, Italy.

Other sports:

  • Petter "Hollywood" Solberg                              (born 18 November 1974 in Askim), from Spydeberg in Østfold, Norway, is a professional rally driver. He debuted in the World Rally Championship in 1998 and was signed by the Ford factory team in 1999. The following year, Solberg started his successful partnership with the Subaru World Rally Team.

  • John Arne Semundseth Riise                            (born 24 September 1980 in Ålesund, Norway) is a Norwegian footballer who currently plays as a left wingback for Fulham and the Norwegian national team. Riise spent seven years playing for Premier League side Liverpool before moving to Roma in 2008. He is the older brother of Bjørn Helge Riise, who is his team-mate at Fulham.

  • Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen                              (born 30 November 1990) is a Norwegian chess Grandmaster and chess prodigy who is currently the number-one ranked player in the world. In January 2010 he became the seventh player ranked number one in the world on the official FIDE rating list. His peak rating is 2826, the second highest peak rating in history after Garry Kasparov.


  • Roald Engelbregt Gravning Amundsen            (16 July 1872 – c. 18 June 1928) was a Norwegian explorer of polar regions. He led the first Antarctic expedition to reach the South Pole between 1910 and 1912 and he was the first person to (undisputedly) reach both the North and South Poles. He is also known as the first to traverse the Northwest Passage. He disappeared in June 1928 while taking part in a rescue mission. Amundsen, along with Douglas Mawson, Robert Falcon Scott, and Ernest Shackleton, was a key expedition leader during the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.

  • Fridtjof Wedel-Jarlsberg Nansen                          (10 October 1861 – 13 May 1930) was a Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. In his youth a champion skier and ice skater, he led the team that made the first crossing of the Greenland interior in 1888, and won international fame after reaching a record northern latitude of 86°14′ during his North Pole expedition of 1893–96. Although he retired from exploration after his return to Norway, his techniques of polar travel and his innovations in equipment and clothing influenced a generation of subsequent Arctic and Antarctic expeditions.

Nobel Prize holders:

  • Knut Hamsun
  • Henrik Ibsen
  • Singrid Undset

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