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Famous Authors from Norway

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List of the most popular authors from Norway, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Norwegian authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Norwegian writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different authors, including Odd W. Surén and Roy Jacobsen.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Norway?" and "Who are the best Norwegian authors?"

For further information on these historic Norwegian authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Norwegian authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.
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    Henrik Ibsen

    The Wild Duck, A Doll's House
    Henrik Johan Ibsen (; Norwegian: [ˈhɛnrɪk ˈɪpsn̩]; 20 March 1828 – 23 May 1906) was a...  more
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    Gene Dalby

    Øm ulv, Linedanser på piggtråd
    Gene-Haavard Dalby (born 5 May 1957) is a Norwegian poet. Among his poetry collections are...  more
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    Terje Holtet Larsen (born 30 January 1963) is a Norwegian journalist, novelist and writer of...  more
  • 4

    Knut Hamsun

    Growth of the Soil, Hunger
    Knut Hamsun (August 4, 1859 – February 19, 1952) was a Norwegian writer who was awarded the...  more
  • 5

    Liv Ullmann

    Briefe an mein Enkelkind. Großdruck, Wandlungen
    Liv Johanne Ullmann (born 16 December 1938) is a Norwegian actress and film director. She was...  more
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    Thor Heyerdahl

    Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft, Aku Aku
    Thor Heyerdahl (Norwegian pronunciation: [tuːr ˈhæɪəɖɑːl]; October 6, 1914 – April 18, 2002)...  more
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    Anne-Cath. Vestly

    Kostemarsj på Tirilltoppen, Ole Aleksander får skjorte
    Anne-Cath. Vestly (15 February 1920 – 15 December 2008) was a Norwegian author of children’s...  more
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    Sigrid Undset

    The Cross, The snake pit
    Sigrid Undset (20 May 1882 – 10 June 1949) was a Norwegian novelist who was awarded the Nobel...  more
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    Tarjei Vesaas

    Spring Night, Ein vakker dag
    Tarjei Vesaas (20 August 1897 – 15 March 1970) was a Norwegian poet and novelist. Vesaas is...  more
  • 10

    Harald Rosenløw Eeg

    Inside out, Anything but the curriculum
    Harald Rosenløw Eeg (born 18 August 1970) is a Norwegian novelist and script writer. He made...  more
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    Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson

    Magnhild, Sigurd Jorsalfar
    Bjørnstjerne Martinius Bjørnson ( BYURN-sən, Norwegian: [²bjøːɳstjæːɳə ²bjøːɳsɔn]; 8 December...  more
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    Johan Borgen

    Dager på Grini, Borgen om bøker
    Johan Collett Müller Borgen (28 April 1902 – 16 October 1979) was a Norwegian author,...  more
  • 13

    Jens Bjørneboe

    The sharks, Moment of freedom
    Jens Ingvald Bjørneboe (9 October 1920 – 9 May 1976) was a Norwegian writer whose work spanned...  more
  • 14

    Lars Saabye Christensen

    The Half Brother, Kamelen i mitt hjerte
    Lars Saabye Christensen, (born 21 September 1953 in Oslo) is a Norwegian/Danish author. Saabye...  more
  • 15

    Ludvig Holberg

    Jeppe Of The Hill, Three comedies: The transformed peasant
    Ludvig Holberg, Baron of Holberg (3 December 1684 – 28 January 1754) was a writer, essayist,...  more
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    Jostein Gaarder

    Sophie's World, Through a Glass
    Jostein Gaarder (Norwegian: [ˈjuːstæɪn ˈɡoːrdər]; born 8 August 1952) is a Norwegian...  more
  • 17

    Jon Fosse

    Stengd gitar, Besøk
    Jon Olav Fosse (born 29 September 1959) is a Norwegian author and dramatist. ...  more
  • 18

    Jo Nesbø

    The Redbreast, Nemesis
    Jo Nesbø (Norwegian: [ˈjuː ˈnɛsbøː]; born 29 March 1960) is a Norwegian writer, musician, and...  more
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    Johan Bojer

    A pilgrimage, Læregutt
    Johan Bojer (6 March 1872 – 3 July 1959) was a popular Norwegian novelist and dramatist. He...  more
  • 20

    Arne Skouen

    Ballerina
    Arne Skouen (18 October 1913 – 24 May 2003) was a Norwegian journalist, author, film director...  more
  • 21

    Thorbjørn Egner

    When the Robbers Came to Cardamom Town, Karius and Bactus
    Thorbjørn Egner (12 December 1912 – 24 December 1990) was a Norwegian playwright, songwriter...  more
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    Alexander Kielland

    Agerhøns med champagne, The battle of Waterloo
    Alexander Lange Kielland (Norwegian: [ɑlɛˈksɑndər ˈlɑŋːə ˈçɛlːɑn]; 18 February 1849 – 6 April...  more
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    Erlend Loe

    L, Naïve. Super
    Erlend Loe (born 24 May 1969 in Trondheim) is a Norwegian novelist, screenwriter and film...  more
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    Sigurd Hoel

    Meeting at the Milestone, The troll circle
    Sigurd Hoel (14 December 1890 – 14 October 1960) was a Norwegian author and publishing...  more
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    Herbjørg Wassmo

    Dina's Book, Ciel cruel
    Herbjørg Wassmo (born 6 December 1942) is a Norwegian author.She was born in Vesterålen and...  more