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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?"

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  • 1
    Henrik Ibsen

    Henrik Ibsen

    The Wild Duck, A Doll's House

    BirthplaceSkien, Norway

    Birthdate1828-03-20

    NationalityNorway

    Henrik Johan Ibsen (; Norwegian: [ˈhɛnrɪk ˈɪpsn̩]; 20 March 1828 – 23 May 1906) was a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Gene Dalby

    Øm ulv, Linedanser på piggtråd

    Birthdate1957

    NationalityNorway

    Gene-Haavard Dalby (born 5 May 1957) is a Norwegian poet. Among his poetry collections are... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Terje Holtet Larsen (born 30 January 1963) is a Norwegian journalist, novelist and writer of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Knut Hamsun

    Knut Hamsun

    Growth of the Soil, Hunger

    BirthplaceLom, Norway

    Birthdate1859

    NationalityNorway

    Knut Hamsun (August 4, 1859 – February 19, 1952) was a Norwegian writer who was awarded the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Liv Ullmann

    Liv Ullmann

    Briefe an mein Enkelkind. Großdruck, Wandlungen

    BirthplaceTokyo, Japan

    Birthdate1938

    NationalityNorway

    Liv Johanne Ullmann (born 16 December 1938) is a Norwegian actress and film director. She was... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Thor Heyerdahl

    Thor Heyerdahl

    Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft, Aku Aku

    BirthplaceLarvik, Norway

    Birthdate1914-10-06

    NationalityNorway

    Thor Heyerdahl (Norwegian pronunciation: [tuːr ˈhæɪəɖɑːl]; October 6, 1914 – April 18, 2002)... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Anne-Cath. Vestly

    Anne-Cath. Vestly

    Kostemarsj på Tirilltoppen, Ole Aleksander får skjorte

    BirthplaceRena, Norway

    Birthdate1920-02-15

    NationalityNorway

    Anne-Cath. Vestly (15 February 1920 – 15 December 2008) was a Norwegian author of children’s... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Sigrid Undset

    Sigrid Undset

    The Cross, The snake pit

    BirthplaceKalundborg, Denmark

    Birthdate1882

    NationalityNorway

    Series WrittenThe Master of Hestviken

    Sigrid Undset (20 May 1882 – 10 June 1949) was a Norwegian novelist who was awarded the Nobel... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Tarjei Vesaas

    Tarjei Vesaas

    Spring Night, Ein vakker dag

    BirthplaceVinje, Norway

    Birthdate1897-08-20

    NationalityNorway

    Tarjei Vesaas (20 August 1897 – 15 March 1970) was a Norwegian poet and novelist. Vesaas is... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Harald Rosenløw Eeg

    Inside out, Anything but the curriculum

    BirthplaceEurope, Northern Europe, Tønsberg, Nordic countries, Norway

    Birthdate1970

    NationalityNorway

    Harald Rosenløw Eeg (born 18 August 1970) is a Norwegian novelist and script writer. He made... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson

    Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson

    Magnhild, Sigurd Jorsalfar

    BirthplaceKvikne, Norway

    Birthdate1832-12-08

    NationalityNorway

    Bjørnstjerne Martinius Bjørnson ( BYURN-sən, Norwegian: [²bjøːɳstjæːɳə ²bjøːɳsɔn]; 8 December... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Johan Borgen

    Dager på Grini, Borgen om bøker

    BirthplaceEurope, Northern Europe, Nordic countries, Norway, Oslo

    Birthdate1902

    NationalityNorway

    Johan Collett Müller Borgen (28 April 1902 – 16 October 1979) was a Norwegian author,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    Jens Bjørneboe

    Jens Bjørneboe

    The sharks, Moment of freedom

    BirthplaceKristiansand, Norway

    Birthdate1920-10-09

    NationalityNorway

    Jens Ingvald Bjørneboe (9 October 1920 – 9 May 1976) was a Norwegian writer whose work spanned... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Lars Saabye Christensen

    Lars Saabye Christensen

    The Half Brother, Kamelen i mitt hjerte

    BirthplaceOslo, Norway

    Birthdate1953-09-21

    NationalityDenmark, Norway

    Lars Saabye Christensen, (born 21 September 1953 in Oslo) is a Norwegian/Danish author. Saabye... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Ludvig Holberg

    Ludvig Holberg

    Jeppe Of The Hill, Three comedies: The transformed peasant

    BirthplaceBergen, Norway

    Birthdate1684

    NationalityDenmark, Denmark–Norway, Norway

    Ludvig Holberg, Baron of Holberg (3 December 1684 – 28 January 1754) was a writer, essayist,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Jostein Gaarder

    Jostein Gaarder

    Sophie's World, Through a Glass

    BirthplaceEurope, Northern Europe, Nordic countries, Norway, Oslo

    Birthdate1952

    NationalityNorway

    Jostein Gaarder (Norwegian: [ˈjuːstæɪn ˈɡoːrdər]; born 8 August 1952) is a Norwegian... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Jon Fosse

    Jon Fosse

    Stengd gitar, Besøk

    BirthplaceHaugesund, Norway

    Birthdate1959

    NationalityNorway

    Jon Olav Fosse (born 29 September 1959) is a Norwegian author and dramatist. Amazon buy button
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    Jo Nesbø

    Jo Nesbø

    The Redbreast, Nemesis

    BirthplaceOslo, Norway

    Birthdate1960-03-29

    NationalityNorway

    Jo Nesbø (Norwegian: [ˈjuː ˈnɛsbøː]; born 29 March 1960) is a Norwegian writer, musician, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Johan Bojer

    A pilgrimage, Læregutt

    BirthplaceEurope, Northern Europe, Nordic countries, Orkdal, Norway

    Birthdate1872

    NationalityNorway

    Johan Bojer (6 March 1872 – 3 July 1959) was a popular Norwegian novelist and dramatist. He... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Arne Skouen

    Ballerina

    BirthplaceEurope, Northern Europe, Nordic countries, Norway, Oslo

    Birthdate1913-10-18

    NationalityNorway

    Arne Skouen (18 October 1913 – 24 May 2003) was a Norwegian journalist, author, film director... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Thorbjørn Egner

    Thorbjørn Egner

    When the Robbers Came to Cardamom Town, Karius and Bactus

    BirthplaceEurope, Northern Europe, Nordic countries, Norway, Oslo

    Birthdate1912

    NationalityNorway

    Thorbjørn Egner (12 December 1912 – 24 December 1990) was a Norwegian playwright, songwriter... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Alexander Kielland

    Alexander Kielland

    Agerhøns med champagne, The battle of Waterloo

    BirthplaceEurope, Northern Europe, Rogaland, Nordic countries, Stavanger

    Birthdate1849

    NationalityNorway

    Alexander Lange Kielland (Norwegian: [ɑlɛˈksɑndər ˈlɑŋːə ˈçɛlːɑn]; 18 February 1849 – 6 April... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Erlend Loe

    Erlend Loe

    L, Naïve. Super

    BirthplaceEurope, Sør-Trøndelag, Trondheim, Northern Europe, Nordic countries

    Birthdate1969

    NationalityNorway

    Erlend Loe (born 24 May 1969 in Trondheim) is a Norwegian novelist, screenwriter and film... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Sigurd Hoel

    Meeting at the Milestone, The troll circle

    BirthplaceEurope, Northern Europe, Eurasia, Nordic countries, Norway

    Birthdate1890

    NationalityNorway

    Sigurd Hoel (14 December 1890 – 14 October 1960) was a Norwegian author and publishing... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Herbjørg Wassmo

    Herbjørg Wassmo

    Dina's Book, Ciel cruel

    BirthplaceVesterålen

    Birthdate1942-12-06

    NationalityNorway

    Herbjørg Wassmo (born 6 December 1942) is a Norwegian author.She was born in Vesterålen and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button