Norwegian

Norway, the country of stunning cities, fascinating history and extremely happy people, has much more to swag about than just its scenic bounties or its happy-go-lucky nationals. This remarkably beautiful country has been home to some equally remarkable inventions too. That is right! From paper clips to cheese slicer and the aerosol spray can, Norwegians have made some seemingly small but important inventions in course of its history. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. You will be surprised to know that one of Olympic favorites slalom originated in Norway, that first object oriented programming language Simula was hatched here, that Black Metal and Dale sweater patterns are the gifts of Norway to the world. Norwegians have managed to leave an indelible footprint in the world with its lot of super talented, uber ingenious men and women. Without further ado, let us delve deep into the lives and accomplishments of some famous Norwegians in their biographies below. Rest assured, their timeline, trivia, and unknown little facts about their lives would leave you pleasantly inspired.

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 1 Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen
61
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Chess Grandmaster
Birthdate: November 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tønsberg Municipality, Norway

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, Norway
Died: 1944 AD

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.

 3 Roald Amundsen

Roald Amundsen
16
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: The first person to reach the South Pole, Explorer
Birthdate: July 16, 1872
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Borge, 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.

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 4 Henrik Ibsen

Henrik Ibsen
14
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: March 20, 1828
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Skien Municipality, Norway
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.

 5 Alan Walker

Alan Walker
57
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: DJ
Birthdate: August 24, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Northampton, England
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.

 6 Ole Gunnar Solskjær

Ole Gunnar Solskjær
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football Manager, Football Player
Birthdate: February 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kristiansund, Norway

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 Kygo

Kygo
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: DJ
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.
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 8 Edvard Grieg

Edvard Grieg
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer, Pianist
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.

 9 Aurora

Aurora
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 15, 1996
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stavanger, Norway

Aurora is a Norwegian singer, songwriter, and dancer. Gifted from a young age, she began writing songs at the age of six! She began her career self-releasing her works. She received a favorable response from the audience and was soon able to establish herself as a popular singer. Her music encompasses electro-pop, folk, and art-pop elements. 

 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, Norway

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 Sigrid Raabe

Sigrid Raabe
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Dancer
Birthdate: September 5, 1996
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ålesund

Sigrid Raabe is a Norwegian singer-songwriter who won the BBC Music Sound of 2018. Sigrid's debut studio album Sucker Punch, which released in 2019, debuted at number four on the UK Albums Chart. Over the years, Sigrid has won several prestigious awards, such as the MTV Europe Music Award.

 12 Euronymous

Euronymous
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Listed In: Musicians
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.

 13 Girl in Red

Girl in Red
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 16, 1999
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Horten, Norway

Girl in Red is an indie-pop music project by Norwegian singer-songwriter Marie Ulven Ringheim. She became interested in music and songwriting as a teenager. With her family’s encouragement, she began releasing Norwegian music and soon earned a decent following. She has also appeared in a TV program. She is openly queer and is considered a queer icon. 

 14 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.

 15 Kristofer Hivju

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

 16 Varg Vikernes

Varg Vikernes
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Listed In: Musicians
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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 17 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.

 18 Erik the Red

Erik the Red
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: 0950 AD
Birthplace: Norway
Died: 1003 AD
Tenth-century Norse explorer Erik Thorvaldsson, also known as Erik the Red for his red beard and hair, is a prominent figure in Icelandic legends. He was the founder of the first settlement in Greenland. Icelandic explorer Leif Erikson, the first Viking to explore Vinland, was one of Erik's sons.

 19 Harald I of Norway

Harald I of Norway
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Famous As: King of Norway
Birthdate: 0850 AD
Birthplace: Norway
Died: 0932 AD

 20 Olav V of Norway

Olav V of Norway
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: July 2, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sandringham, Norfolk, England
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 Kristine Froseth

Kristine Froseth
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 21, 1996
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Jersey, United States

Kristine Froseth is a Norwegian and American model and actress. She is known for playing important roles in popular TV series, such as The Society and Looking for Alaska. Froseth was discovered at Ski Storsenter where she was taking part in a catwalk audition. She then went on to model for brands like Armani before establishing herself as an actress.

 22 Fridtjof Nansen

Fridtjof Nansen
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Explorer, Polymath
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.

 23 Joshua King

Joshua King
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football forwarder
Birthdate: January 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

Norwegian footballer Joshua King is best known as a forward for Watford. A child prodigy, he began his youth career with Romsås IL at age 6. He has also represented teams such as Manchester United and the Blackburn Rovers. He won the prestigious Gullballen award in 2017.

 24 Morten Harket

Morten Harket
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Vocalist
Birthdate: September 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kongsberg, Norway

Morten Harket is a Norwegian vocalist and musician. He is most popular as the lead singer of the synthpop/rock band A-ha. The band has released ten studio albums to date. Before joining the band, he used to sing for the blues outfit Souldier Blue. He has often been praised for his incredibly strong falsetto.  

 25 Ingrid Bolsø Berdal

Ingrid Bolsø Berdal
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Levanger Municipality, Norway

Norwegian actress Ingrid Bolsø Berdal is best known for her role in the  Norwegian slasher film Cold Prey, for which she won the Amanda Award (the Norwegian Film Award) for Best Actress. She is a versatile actress and has appeared in horror, thriller, drama, and romantic comedy genres. Besides films and TV shows, she also often acts in theater productions.

 26 Jens Stoltenberg

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

Jens Stoltenberg is a Norwegian politician who served as the Prime Minister of Norway between 2000 and 2013 in two separate terms. An influential politician, Stoltenberg also served as the Minister of Industry and Energy from 1993 to 1996 and Minister of Finance from 1996 to 1997. Jens Stoltenberg is the current Secretary General of NATO.

 27 Liv Ullmann

Liv Ullmann
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 16, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tokyo,Japan

 28 Martinus Gunnarsen

Martinus Gunnarsen
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Listed In: Singers
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.

 29 Princess Märtha of Sweden

Princess Märtha of Sweden
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Princess
Birthdate: March 28, 1901
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: April 5, 1954

 30 Thor Heyerdahl

Thor Heyerdahl
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Famous As: Adventurer
Birthdate: October 6, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Larvik, Norway
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.

 31 Jo Nesbø

Jo Nesbø
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Norwegian writer
Birthdate: March 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oslo

Jo Nesbø is a Norwegian writer, economist, musician, and former reporter and footballer. By 2021, Nesbø was declared the most successful Norwegian author ever when his translated works sold over 50 million copies; Nesbø's work has been translated into more than 50 languages. He is also associated with the band Di Derre where he is the main vocalist and songwriter.

 32 Marcus Gunnarsen

Marcus Gunnarsen
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Listed In: Singers
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. 

 33 Angelina Jordan

Angelina Jordan
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer best known as the winner of Norway's Got Talent in 2014, at the age of nine
Birthdate: January 10, 2006
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

 34 Lene Nystrøm

Lene Nystrøm
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 2, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tønsberg Municipality, Norway

The 1990s’ superhit dance track Barbie Girl made both the Danish-Norwegian band Aqua and its lead singer, Lene Nystrøm, international sensations. While Lene dated fellow band member René, she later married another band member, Søren. She later appeared in the Varg Veum film franchise and also reunited with her band.

 35 Sonja Henie

Sonja Henie
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: April 8, 1912
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
Died: October 12, 1969
Sonja Henie wasn’t just a 3-time Olympic champion in figure skating but also proved to be a Hollywood superstar, with hits such as Thin Ice and My Lucky Star. She debuted at the Olympics at age 11 and also won 10 World Championships consecutively. She was also proficient in tennis, swimming, and skiing.

 36 Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway

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

 37 Viktor Hovland

Viktor Hovland
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: September 18, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

Born to a golf enthusiast father, Norwegian golfer Viktor Hovland was trained in the sport since age 11. He later scripted history by becoming the first from his country to win the U.S. Amateur, to compete in the Masters, and to win on the PGA European Tour.

 38 Queen Sonja of Norway

Queen Sonja of Norway
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: wife of King Harald V
Birthdate: July 4, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oslo

 39 Maud of Wales

Maud of Wales
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Famous As: Queen of Norway (1950-1938)
Birthdate: November 26, 1869
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Marlborough House, London, England
Died: November 20, 1938

Daughter of King Edward VII of Norway, Maud of Wales, was known for being a tomboy and had even been nicknamed Harry, after a valiant admiral. She married Prince Carl of Denmark. After Carl took over as King Haakon VII of Norway, Maud became the queen of Norway, too.

 40 Alexander Rybak

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

Alexander Rybak is a Belarusian-Norwegian singer-composer, violinist, and pianist. The son of two talented musicians, he began to play musical instruments when he was just five. He studied at the Barratt Due Institute of Music before beginning his career. Besides being a musician, he is also an actor and has appeared in many TV shows and films. 

 41 Anni-Frid Lyngstad

Anni-Frid Lyngstad
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bjørkåsen, Ballangen, Norway

Anni-Frid Lyngstad is a Norwegian-Swedish environmentalist, singer, and songwriter. She is credited with co-founding the popular Swedish pop band ABBA and popularizing the band by serving as its lead singer. In 2010, Anni-Frid Lyngstad was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2014, she received the Eskilstuna Music Prize for her contribution as an "icon."

 42 Haakon VII of Norway

Haakon VII of Norway
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Famous As: King of Norway (1905-1957)
Birthdate: August 3, 1872
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: 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.

 43 Erna Solberg

Erna Solberg
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 35th prime minister of Norway from 2013 to 2021
Birthdate: February 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bergen, Norway

 44 Christopher Heyerdahl

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

 45 Shield-maiden

Shield-maiden
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Warrior
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: not known

 46 Ari Behn

Ari Behn
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 30, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Aarhus, 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.

 47 Astrid S

Astrid S
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 29, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Berkåk, Norway
Astrid S came into the limelight with the show Pop Idol at 16. The Norwegian singer, known for songs such as Hurts So Good and 2AM, ditched a promising soccer career for music. Her track Relevant was entirely made out of lyrics contributed by her fans through social media.

 48 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

 49 Thea Sofie Loch Naess

Thea Sofie Loch Naess
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 26, 1996
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kristiansand, Norway

 50 Karl Ove Knausgard

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

Karl Ove Knausgard is a Norwegian author who achieved international prominence for writing six autobiographical novels named My Struggle. A critically acclaimed writer, Knausgård has won several prestigious awards such as the Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature, Brage Prize, Jerusalem Prize, and Swedish Academy Nordic Prize.