National Heroes of Norway

Every nation's national heroes are accorded the greatest respect because of their selfless sacrifice and dedication to the freedom of the country and also taking the country to great heights in every other field. The national heroes of Norway are also no different; they also gave their best in whatever field they choose for the development of the country as a whole.

Some of the important national heroes of Norway are:

•  Einar Henry Gerhardsen

•  Fridtjof Nansen

•  Roald Amundsen

•  Gro Harlem Brundtland

•  Kjell Magne Bondevik

Einar Henry Gerhardsen born on 10 th May, 1897 was a Norwegian politician from the Labour Party of Norway. In his 17 years in office, Gerhardsen was the Prime Minister three times, from 1945 to 1951, from 1955 to 1963 and from 1963 to 1965. Considered to be one of the main architects in rebuilding of Norway after World War II, he was also referred to as “Landsfaderen” or the Father of the Nation by the Norwegians. This famous Norwegian national hero passed on 19 th September, 1987.

Fridtjof Wedel-Jarlsberg Nansen born on 10 th October, 1861 was a Norwegian explorer, scientist and diplomat. He took his first voyage to Greenland and in the year 1888 succeeded in crossing the Greenland ice field on skis from east to west and in April 1895 accompanied by Hjalmar Johansen reached 86° 14´ N, the highest latitude then attained. This Norwegian national hero was also a professor of zoology and later oceanography at the Royal Frederick University in Oslo. He was also the founder of the neuron theory. Nansen was appointed as the Norwegian ambassador in London after Norway's independent. Nansen was awarded the Grand Cross of The Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav in 1896, the Nobel Peace Prize in 1922 for his work as a League of Nations High Commissioner and the Collar in 1925. He is regarded as one of the most popular national heroes of Norway.

Roald Engebret Gravning Amundsen one of Norway's national heroes was born on July 16, 1872. He was a Norwegian explorer of Polar Regions and led the first successful Antarctic expedition to the South Pole between 1910 and 1912 and on 14 th December, 1911 reached his goal that was the dream of many men breaking the silence of human voice in the world's southernmost point. Roald Amundsen passed away on 18 th June, 1928.

Gro Harlem Brundtland, a Norwegian diplomat, politician and physician, and an international leader in sustainable development and public health, she was born in Oslo on 20 th April 1939. She became the Norwegian Prime Minister for two times and was elected on May 1998 as the Director General of the World Health Organization.

Kjell Magne Bondevik born on 3 rd September, 1947 is a Norwegian Lutheran minister and politician. He has been Norway's longest serving non-Socialist Prime Minister from 1997 to 2005 since World War II. Presently he's the President of the Oslo Centre for Peace and Human Rights working quite well for its cause. He published his memoir, called “Et liv i spenning” or the A life in excitement/tension on 31 st October, 2006.


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