Famous Norwegian Men

Think of Norway and the first thing that strikes the mind is jaw-dropping beauty! With an interesting history and stunning locales, Norway easily qualifies as one of the most strikingly beautiful cities in the world, thanks to the insanely gorgeous locations like Trolltunga, Kjerabolten, Fjords, Hornindalsvatnet and many more. But beauty apart, Norway is also the best country to live in, its happiness index being meteorically high. While the country and the government of Norway do provide its citizens with a lot of benefits and advantages, you can’t simply overlook the contribution of Norwegian nationals in helping the country rank amongst the top countries in the world.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen.
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Famous As: World Chess Champion
Birthdate: November 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tønsberg

At 13, chess prodigy Magnus Carlsen became the youngest grandmaster. His rating of 2,872 was the highest ever in history. He also recorded the longest unbeaten run in chess. Named one of Cosmopolitan’s “sexiest men of 2013,”he  has also modeled for G-Star Raw, owns a chess-app company, and loves football.

 2 Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch.
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 12, 1863
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ådalsbruk
Died: January 23, 1944

Norwegian painter Edvard Munch is remembered for his iconic works The Scream and The Frieze of Life - A Poem about Life, Love, and Death. His paintings exhibited themes that reflected his own psychological states. He was a significant member of the Symbolism movement but was banned by the Nazi.

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 3 Roald Amundsen

Roald Amundsen.
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Famous As: The first person to reach the South Pole
Birthdate: July 16, 1872
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Borge, Østfold, Norway
Died: June 18, 1928

Roald Amundsen was a Norwegian explorer. Specialized in exploring the polar regions, Amundsen was an important figure of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, an era in the exploration of Antarctica. He disappeared in 1928 when he was involved in a rescue mission in the Arctic. Owing to his significant achievements in polar exploration, several places are named after him.

 4 Alan Walker

Alan Walker.
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Famous As: DJ
Birthdate: August 24, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Northampton
English-Norwegian music producer and DJ Alan Walker, also popular as “DJ Walkzz,” shot to fame with tracks such as The Spectre and Faded. His TikTok account has earned him a huge fan base. He is also known for his trademark hoodie and mask, which he wears while performing.

 5 Henrik Ibsen

Henrik Ibsen.
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Famous As: Playwright, Poet.
Birthdate: March 20, 1828
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Skien
Died: May 23, 1906

Henrik Ibsen was a Norwegian theatre director and playwright. One of the most influential and popular playwrights of his generation, Ibsen is credited with co-founding modernism in theatre, for which he is often called the father of realism. After William Shakespeare, Henrik Ibsen is the world's most often performed dramatist. His works have influenced other playwrights like George Bernard Shaw.

 6 Ole Gunnar Solskjær

Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
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Famous As: Football Manager
Birthdate: February 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kristiansund

Former Norwegian football player, Ole Gunnar Solskjær was one of the most successful players of Manchester United and scored 126 goals for it. He famously scored the winning goal against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final to secure a treble for the Manchester United. Post retirement, he began his coaching career and is currently the manager of Manchester United.

 7 Varg Vikernes

Varg Vikernes.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 11, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bergen, Norway
Death metal artist Varg Vikernes initially rose to fame with his solo project Burzum and then performed as part of the band Mayhem. He spent 15 years behind bars for killing his bandmate Euronymous. He also founded the neo-Nazi Norwegian Heathen Front and calls himself a believer of “Odalism.”
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 8 Kygo

Kygo.
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Famous As: DJ, Singer
Birthdate: September 11, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Singapore
Norwegian DJ and record producer Kygo gained worldwide acclaim for his remix of the Ed Sheeran track I See Fire. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, he became the first house music producer who performed at an Olympics closing ceremony. He is also the fastest to gain a billion Spotify streams.

 9 Edvard Grieg

Edvard Grieg.
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Famous As: Pianist, Composer
Birthdate: June 15, 1843
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bergen, Norway
Died: September 4, 1907
Regarded as Norway’s Shakespeare, musical legend Edvard Grieg learned the piano from his mother. The Scottish claim he was their own, as Grieg’s Scottish grandfather had migrated to Norway. Grieg was known for his compositions such as the Piano Concerto and for infusing Norwegian folk elements into his music.

 10 Harald V of Norway

Harald V of Norway.
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Famous As: King of Norway
Birthdate: February 21, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Skaugum

Harald V of Norway ascended the throne after the demise of his father, King Olav V. A sports enthusiast, he represented Norway in sailing at three Olympic Games. He also became a patron of World Sailing. The King is an admiral, the Supreme Commander of the Norwegian Armed Forces and a four-star general.

 11 Euronymous

Euronymous.
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: March 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Egersund
Died: August 10, 1993
Øystein Aarseth, better known as Euronymous, was a pioneer in the Norwegian black-metal circuit. He co-founded the band Mayhem and was its guitarist. He also launched the metal record label Deathlike Silence Productions and the black-metal record shop Helvete. A self-proclaimed Satanist, he was murdered by his bandmate Varg Vikernes.

 12 Rollo

Rollo
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0846 AD
Birthplace: Scandinavia
Died: 0930 AD

Rollo of Normandy, also known as Rolf, is part of Scandinavian lore. A Viking, he was known for his exploits as a pirate on the seas of France, England, and other lands. When he attacked France with his Danish army, he was given Neustria, or Normandy, as part of a truce.

 13 Kristofer Hivju

Kristofer Hivju
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

 14 Arne Naess, Jr.

Arne Naess, Jr.
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Birthdate: December 8, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Germany
Died: January 13, 2004

 15 Harald I of Norway

Harald I of Norway
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0850 AD
Birthplace: Eastern Norway
Died: 0933 AD

 16 Fridtjof Nansen

Fridtjof Nansen.
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: October 10, 1861
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
Died: May 13, 1930

Fridtjof Nansen was a Norwegian polymath who won the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in 1922 for his post-war efforts after the First World War. A well-known explorer, humanitarian, and diplomat, Nansen achieved international fame for his attempt to reach the geographical North Pole during his Fram expedition. His techniques and innovations influenced a generation of succeeding Antarctic and Arctic expeditions.

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 17 Joshua King

Joshua King
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Famous As: association football player
Birthdate: January 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oslo

 18 Vidkun Quisling

Vidkun Quisling.
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Famous As: World war II Norwegian Politician & Military Officer
Birthdate: July 18, 1887
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fyresdal
Died: October 24, 1945
Military leader and Norwegian minister president Vidkun Quisling's betrayal during Norway’s invasion by the Nazis, by siding with the Germans, during World War II, made him a national traitor. His actions gave rise to the word quisling, which is a synonym for the word traitor in several languages.

 19 Harald Hardrada

Harald Hardrada.
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Famous As: King of Norway (1046 to 1066)
Birthdate: 1015 AD
Birthplace: Ringerike
Died: September 25, 1066

Harald Sigurdsson, or Harald, was the king of Norway from 1046 to 1066. He also made an aim for the Danish throne and the English throne. He was a mercenary and a military leader before taking over as the king. His death marked the end of the Viking Age.

 20 Olav V of Norway

Olav V of Norway.
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Famous As: Former King of Norway
Birthdate: July 2, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Appleton House, Sandringham, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Died: January 17, 1991

Olav V of Norway served as the king of Norway from 1957 to 1991. Olav became heir apparent to the throne in 1905 when his father was crowned king of Norway. His leadership skills during World War II earned him the position of Norwegian Chief of Defence in 1944. Nicknamed The People's King, Olav was popular for his down-to-earth style.

 21 Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway

Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway
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Famous As: Heir apparent
Birthdate: July 20, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

 22 Martinus Gunnarsen

Martinus Gunnarsen.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 21, 2002
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: lverum, Norway

Martinus Gunnarsen is a Norwegian singer and one-half of the famous pop duo, Marcus & Martinus. Along with his twin brother Marcus, Martinus has released three successful studio albums to date. All their albums peaked at number one on VG-lista, a Norwegian record chart. In 2018, the brothers won the MAD Video Music Award under the Best International Act category.

 23 Marcus Gunnarsen

Marcus Gunnarsen.
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Famous As: Pop Star
Birthdate: February 21, 2002
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Trofors, Norway

Marcus Gunnarsen is one half of the Norwegian pop-duo M&M, the other half being his twin brother, Martinus. They participated in and won the eleventh season of Melodi Grand Prix Junior in 2012. Their debut studio album Hei peaked at number 1 on the Norwegian Albums Chart. The twins have also appeared in a few TV shows and films. 

 24 Peter Sunde

Peter Sunde
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Famous As: Computer scientist, Politician
Birthdate: September 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Uddevalla

 25 Thor Heyerdahl

Thor Heyerdahl.
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Famous As: Adventurer
Birthdate: October 6, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Larvik
Died: April 18, 2002
Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl’s early interest in nature was inspired by his museum worker mother’s keen interest in Darwin’s theory of evolution. He often went on treks accompanied by his dog and later lived on Fatu Hiva with his wife. His later expeditions included his Kon-Tiki and Easter Island trips.

 26 Haakon VII of Norway

Haakon VII of Norway.
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Famous As: King of Norway
Birthdate: August 3, 1872
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Charlottenlund Palace, Charlottenlund, Denmark
Died: September 21, 1957
Haakon VII of Norway was the first king of Norway following its independence in 1905 and ruled through the two World Wars. He is remembered for his valor against the Germans in World War II, when he rejected an order of abdication and went into exile to England.

 27 Christopher Heyerdahl

Christopher Heyerdahl
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: British Columbia, Canada

 28 Jens Stoltenberg

Jens Stoltenberg
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Famous As: Economist, Politician
Birthdate: March 16, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oslo

 29 Viktor Hovland

Viktor Hovland
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: September 18, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

 30 Alexander Rybak

Alexander Rybak
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

 31 Christian VII of Denmark

Christian VII of Denmark
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Famous As: Monarch
Birthdate: January 29, 1749
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: March 13, 1808

 32 Hrafna-Flóki Vilgerðarson

Hrafna-Flóki Vilgerðarson
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Famous As: Sailor
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Norway

 33 Ari Behn

Ari Behn.
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Famous As: Norwegian Author
Birthdate: September 30, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Århus, Kingdom of Denmark
Died: December 25, 2019

Ari Behn was a Norwegian author, visual artist, and playwright. He achieved international recognition in 2017 when his artwork was widely exhibited all over the world. Although he was married to Princess Märtha Louise, he remained a private citizen and held no title or special status. Behn committed suicide at the age of 47 after struggling with mental health problems.

 34 Kristian Espedal

Kristian Espedal
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Famous As: Vocalist
Birthdate: August 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sunnfjord, Norway

 35 John Arne Riise

John Arne Riise
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: September 24, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ålesund

 36 John Carew

John Carew
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Famous As: Association football player, Actor
Birthdate: September 5, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lørenskog

 37 Karl Ove Knausgard

Karl Ove Knausgard
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 6, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

 38 Aksel Hennie

Aksel Hennie
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 29, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lambertseter, Oslo, Norway

 39 Tore André Flo

Tore André Flo
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: June 15, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stryn

 40 Tarjei Sandvik Moe

Tarjei Sandvik Moe.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 24, 1999
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oslo

Norwegian actor Tarjei Sandvik Moe is best known for his award-winning portrayal of Isak Valtersen in the series Skam. While his character in the series was praised for its unusually frank depiction of homosexuality, unknown to many, he had skipped a math class to audition for the role.

 41 Niels Henrik Abel

Niels Henrik Abel.
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: August 5, 1802
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Finnøy
Died: April 6, 1829

Born to a pastor, Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel first showcased his mathematical skills in his cathedral school and later became a pioneer of various mathematical concepts. He died of tuberculosis, amid poverty, before he could learn that he had been appointed to teach at the University of Berlin.

 42 Knut Hamsun

Knut Hamsun.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 4, 1859
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lom
Died: February 19, 1952

Nobel Prize-winning Norwegian author Knut Hamsun, a leading figure of neo-romanticism, is best remembered for his novel Hunger, which narrated the tale of a starving writer. With little education, he had started his career as a shoemaker’s apprentice. He supported the Nazi occupation of Norway and was later imprisoned.

 43 Faust

Faust
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Famous As: musician
Birthdate: April 21, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hedmark

 44 Eric Bloodaxe

Eric Bloodaxe.
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0885 AD
Birthplace: Svanoya, Norway
Died: 0954 AD

While some believe Eric Bloodaxe was the son of Norwegian king Harald Fairhair, others believe Danish king Harald Bluetooth was his father. True to his nickname, he was a barbarian Viking tyrant who slaughtered his four brothers for the Norwegian throne. Icelandic sagas mention he married a witch named Gunnhild. 

 45 Morten Gamst Pedersen

Morten Gamst Pedersen
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: September 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vadsø

 46 Olaf II of Norway

Olaf II of Norway
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Famous As: King of Norway
Birthdate: 0995 AD
Birthplace: Ringerike, Norway
Died: July 29, 1030

 47 Mohamed Elyounoussi

Mohamed Elyounoussi
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Al Hoceima

 48 Jorn Stubberud

Jorn Stubberud
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Birthdate: April 13, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Norway

 49 Frederick VI of Denmark

Frederick VI of Denmark
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: January 28, 1768
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: December 3, 1839

 50 Jan Axel Blomberg

Jan Axel Blomberg
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Famous As: Drummer, Musician
Birthdate: August 2, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Trysil

Be it Erik Rotheim’s Aerosol Spray or Thor Bjorklund’s modern cheese slicer, Henrik Johan Ibsen’s plays and poetry or Harald Eia’s comedy, Carl Anton Larsen’s Antarctic exploration or Vilhelm Bjerknes’s meteorological findings, Norwegian men have made country stand on a universal platform. Their work and deeds have inspired and influenced the life of many in and around the globe. With this section, find out the life and works of famous Norwegian men.