Famous Norwegian Leaders

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Rollo
(King)

Rollo
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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.

 2 
Jens Stoltenberg
(Economist, Politician)

Jens Stoltenberg
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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.

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Erna Solberg
(35th prime minister of Norway from 2013 to 2021)

Erna Solberg
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Birthdate: February 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bergen, Norway
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 4 
Eric Bloodaxe
(King of Norway (931-933))

Eric Bloodaxe
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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. 

 5 
Vidkun Quisling
(Minister President of Norway (1942-45))

Vidkun Quisling
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Birthdate: July 18, 1887
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fyresdal Municipality, Norway
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.

Christian IV of Denmark
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Birthdate: April 12, 1577
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Frederiksborg Castle, Hillerød, Denmark
Died: February 28, 1648

Frederick V of Denmark
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Birthdate: March 31, 1723
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: January 14, 1766
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 8 
Gro Harlem Brundtland
(29th Prime Minister of Norway, 5th Director-General of the World Health Organization)

Gro Harlem Brundtland
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Birthdate: April 20, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bærum, Norway

 9 
Trygve Lie
(First Secretary General of the U.N)

Trygve Lie
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Birthdate: July 16, 1896
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oslo
Died: December 30, 1968

Trygve Lie had been the first UN secretary-general. He had also been the Norwegian foreign minister when the government was in exile in London after the German invasion of 1940. He had grown up amid poverty, after his father abandoned the family. He grew up to gain a law degree.

 10 
Hans Egede
(Former missionary who launched mission efforts to Greenland, which led him to be styled the Apostle of Greenland, founded Greenland's capital Godthåb, now known as Nuuk)

Hans Egede
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Birthdate: January 31, 1686
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Harstad, Norway
Died: November 5, 1758

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Haakon Sigurdsson
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Birthdate: 0937 AD
Birthplace: Norway
Died: 0995 AD

 12 
Thorbjørn Jagland
(Diplomat, Politician)

Thorbjørn Jagland
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Birthdate: November 5, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Drammen

 13 
Mona Juul
(Politician, Diplomat)

Mona Juul
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Birthdate: April 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Steinkjer, Norway

 14 
Einar Gerhardsen
(Norwegian Politician)

Einar Gerhardsen
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Birthdate: May 10, 1897
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Asker
Died: September 19, 1987

 15 
Anne Holt
(Writer, Lawyer)

Anne Holt
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Birthdate: November 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Larvik, Norway

Apart from being a bestselling thriller author, Nigerian writer Anne Holt has also been a lawyer, a journalist, and Norway’s minister of justice. Mainly known for her Hanne Wilhelmsen series and Vik/Stubø series, she is a former US resident and now divides her time between Norway and France.

 16 
Kjell Magne Bondevik
(Prime Minister)

Kjell Magne Bondevik
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Birthdate: September 3, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Molde

 17 

Christian Tybring-Gjedde
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Birthdate: August 8, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

 18 
Siv Jensen
(Minister of Finance from 2013 to 2020)

Siv Jensen
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Birthdate: June 1, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

 19 
Sylvi Listhaug
(Politician)

Sylvi Listhaug
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Birthdate: December 25, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alesund, Norway

 20 
Jon Lech Johansen
(Cryptographer, Programmer, Computer scientist)

Jon Lech Johansen
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Birthdate: November 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Harstad

Jon Lech Johansen is a Norwegian programmer best known for his work on reverse engineering data formats. He is credited with writing the DeCSS software, a free computer program which has the ability to decrypt content on a DVD video disc. A self-trained software engineer, Jon Lech Johansen was honored with the EFF Pioneer Award in April 2002. 

 21 
Kjerstin Askholt
(Politician)

Kjerstin Askholt
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Birthdate: May 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

 22 
Eva Joly
(Politician, Judge, Jurist)

Eva Joly
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Birthdate: December 5, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oslo

 23 
Trygve Bratteli
(Politician)

Trygve Bratteli
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Birthdate: January 11, 1910
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nøtterøy, Norway
Died: November 20, 1984

Former prime minister of Norway, Trygve Bratteli had worked multiple odd jobs as a youth, from being a fertilizer factory laborer to working as a coal miner. He later worked as an editor of the Norwegian Labour Party newspaper and took to full-time politics post-war, after being liberated from a Nazi concentration camp.

 24 
Abid Raja
(Second Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party)

Abid Raja
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Birthdate: November 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

 25 
Niels Juel
(Admiral)

Niels Juel
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Birthdate: May 8, 1629
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
Died: April 8, 1697

 26 
Kveldulf Bjalfason
(Hersir and landowner in ninth century Sogn, Norway)

Kveldulf Bjalfason
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Birthdate: 0805 AD
Birthplace: Norway
Died: 0878 AD

 27 
Mads Gilbert
(Physician, humanitarian, activist, and politician for the Red Party)

Mads Gilbert
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Birthdate: June 2, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Porsgrunn, Norway

Mads Gilbert is a Norwegian physician, activist, humanitarian, and politician. A specialist in anesthesiology, Gilbert heads the department of emergency medicine at the University Hospital of North Norway. He is also associated with the University of Tromsø where he serves as a professor of emergency medicine. Mads Gilbert's humanitarian work has attracted praises from several important politicians including Kåre Willoch.

Alexander Lange Kielland
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Birthdate: February 18, 1849
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stavanger, Norway
Died: April 6, 1906

One of The Four Greats of Norwegian literature, Alexander Kielland was a qualified lawyer and also managed his own brickyard. He later soared to fame with his works such as Gift and was a prominent part of the literary movement of Realism. He had also been a mayor of Stavanger.

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Christian Michelsen
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Birthdate: March 15, 1857
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bergen, Norway
Died: June 29, 1925

 30 
Kaci Kullmann Five
(Politician)

Kaci Kullmann Five
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Birthdate: April 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oslo
Died: February 19, 2017

 31 
Masud Gharahkhani
(President of the Storting)

Masud Gharahkhani
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Birthdate: September 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

 32 
Guri Melby
(Politician)

Guri Melby
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Birthdate: February 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Orkdal, Norway

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Johan Ludwig Mowinckel
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Birthdate: October 22, 1870
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bergen, Norway
Died: September 30, 1943

 34 
C. J. Hambro
(President of the Storting)

C. J. Hambro
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Birthdate: January 5, 1885
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bergen, Norway
Died: December 15, 1964

 35 
Hadia Tajik
(Jurist)

Hadia Tajik
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Birthdate: July 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Strand, Norway

 36 
Johan Sverdrup
(Politician)

Johan Sverdrup
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Birthdate: July 30, 1816
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sem, Norway
Died: February 17, 1892

 37 
Himanshu Gulati
(Politician)

Himanshu Gulati
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Birthdate: June 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Førde Municipality, Norway

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Marcus Thrane
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Birthdate: October 14, 1817
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
Died: April 30, 1890

Norwegian journalist Marcus Thrane launched Norway’s first labor movement, the Thrane movement, paving the way for the Norwegian Labour Party. Charged with sedition for his socio-political activities, he spent 4 years in prison. He spent his final years in the US, where he launched the Chicago-based newspapers Norske-Amerikanerne and Dagslyset.

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Frederik Stang
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Birthdate: March 4, 1808
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stokke, Norway
Died: June 8, 1884

 40 
Lars Korvald
(Educator)

Lars Korvald
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Birthdate: April 29, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mjøndalen, Norway
Died: July 4, 2006

 41 
Lise Børsum
(Writer, Resistance member)

Lise Børsum
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Birthdate: September 18, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
Died: August 29, 1985

Lise Børsum was a Norwegian organizational leader and writer. She is best remembered for her efforts to save the lives of Jews during the Second World War. After the war, Lise Børsum became a popular writer as she went about writing her experiences as a prisoner at the Ravensbrück concentration camp. 

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Christian Magnus Falsen
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Birthdate: September 14, 1782
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
Died: January 13, 1830

Christian Magnus Falsen was a Norwegian statesman, jurist, constitutional father, and historian. One of the most prominent members of the Norwegian Constituent Assembly, Christian Magnus Falsen is best remembered for his contribution as a co-writer of the Constitution of Norway. 

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Anton Martin Schweigaard
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Birthdate: April 11, 1808
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kragerø, Norway
Died: February 1, 1870

Anton Martin Schweigaard was a Norwegian economist, jurist, and educator who also served at the University of Christiania as a lecturer. During the 1830s and 1840s, he served as a professor of both economics and jurisprudence. Anton Martin Schweigaard was an ardent supporter and publicist for economic liberalism and is credited with helping Norway make a transition to capitalism.

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Christian Jensen Lofthuus
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Birthdate: May 15, 1750
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Risør, Norway
Died: June 13, 1797

 45 
Ole Gabriel Ueland
(Politician)

Ole Gabriel Ueland
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Birthdate: October 28, 1799
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lund, Norway
Died: January 9, 1870

 46 
Kai Birger Knudsen
(Minister of Defence of Norway (1954–1955))

Kai Birger Knudsen
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Birthdate: June 25, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vardø Municipallity, Norway
Died: March 3, 1977

 47 
Jonas Anton Hielm
(Politician)

Jonas Anton Hielm
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Birthdate: December 30, 1782
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kristiansand, Norway
Died: March 30, 1848

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Herman Wedel Jarlsberg
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Birthdate: September 21, 1779
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montpellier, France
Died: August 27, 1840

 49 
Halvor Hoel
(Farmer)

Halvor Hoel
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Birthdate: February 4, 1766
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ringsaker, Norway
Died: March 5, 1852