National Anthem of Norway

National Anthem of Norway

Ja, Vi Elsker Dette Landet
(Yes, We Love This Land)
Original Norwegian Words
Ja, vi elsker dette landet,
som det stiger frem,
furet, værbitt, over vannet,
med de tusen hjem.
Elsker, elsker det og tenker
på vår far og mor
og den saganatt som senker
drømmer på vår jord.
og den saganatt som senker,
senker drømmer på vår jord.

Norske mann I hus og hytte,
takk din store Gud!
Landet ville han beskytte
skjønt det mørkt så ut.
Alt hva fedrene har kjempet,
mødrene har grett,
har den Herre stille lempet,
så vi vant vår rett.
har den Herre stille lempet,
så vi vant, vi vant vår rett.

Ja, vi elsker dette landet,
som det stiger frem,
furet, værbitt, over vannet,
med de tusen hjem.
og som fedres kamp har hevet
det av nød til seir,
også vi, nar det blir krevet,
for dets fred slår leir,
også vi, nar det blir krevet,
for dets fred, dets fred slår leir!

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English Translation

Yes, we love with fond devotion
This our land that looms
Rugged, storm-scared o'er the ocean,
With her thousand homes.
Love her, in our love recalling
Those who gave us birth.
And old tales which night, in falling
Bring as dreams to earth.
And old tales which night, in falling
Bring as dreams, as dreams to earth.

Norse man, whatsoe'er thy station,
Thank thy God, Whose power
Willed and wrought the land's salvation
In her darkest hour.
All our mothers sought with weeping
And our sires in fight,
God has fashioned, in His keeping
Till we gained our right.
God has fashioned, in His keeping
Till we gained, we gained our right.

Yes, we love with fond devotion
This our land that looms
Rugged, storm-scared o'er the ocean,
With her thousand homes.
And, as warrior sires have made her
Wealth and fame increase,
At the call we too will aid her,
Armed to guard her peace.
At the call we too will aid her,
Armed to guard, to guard her peace.

The national anthem of Norway “Ja, vi elsker dette landet” or “Yes, We Love This Country” in English was adopted in 1864 on the fiftieth anniversary of the creation of the Constitution. The words for the national anthem of Norway were written by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson between 1859 and 1868 , one of Norway's great dramatists and poet who also won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1903 . The melody of the anthem was written by his cousin Rikard Nordraak in 1864 , who was also a friend of the famous Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg .

The original poem had six verses, of which only the first and the last two verses are in use today. The national anthem of Norway was used during the World War II by the Norwegian resistance, and by the Nazi collaborators. Later, the German occupants officially forbade any use of the anthem.

Norway's national anthem conveys how much Norwegians love their rugged, coastal nation and all its folk tales. The Norwegian Anthem evokes and eulogizes the history, traditions and struggles of its people. They honor their country by respecting the national anthem. The anthem was first performed publicly as the Norwegian national anthem on the Syttende Mai , May 17, 1864 , in connection to the 50 th anniversary celebration of the constitution. The national anthem of Norway became part of the school text all over the country and was sung by them in children's parades organized by Bjørnson on every 17th of May.

While writing the anthem, Bjørnson wrote in a modified version of the Dano-Norwegian language that was frequently used in Norway at the time. Today a much more modernized version is used from what Bjørnson wrote.

 

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