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Famous People From Norway

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List of famous people from Norway, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Norway, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Norway you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Norway, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

A factual list, featuring people like Elin Lerum Boasson and Art Jorgens.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Norway?" or "Which celebrities were born in Norway?" then this list is a great resource for you.
  • BirthplaceOslo, Norway

    NationalityCyprus, Norway

    John Fredriksen (born 10 May 1944) is a Norwegian-born oil tanker and shipping magnate, who owns the world's largest oil tanker fleet. He also has major interests in the offshore driller Seadrill,  ...more
  • BirthplaceTønsberg, Norway


    Monica Hansen is a Norwegian model and the 1997 Miss Norway.  ...more
  • BirthplaceSkaugum, Norway


    Harald V (Norwegian: [ˈhɑrɑl]; born 21 February 1937) is the King of Norway, having ascended to the throne upon the death of his father King Olav V on 17 January 1991. Harald was the third child and  ...more
  • BirthplaceRikshospitalet, Norway

    Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈhoːkʊn]; Haakon Magnus; born 20 July 1973) is the only son of King Harald V and Queen Sonja and heir apparent to the throne of Norway. In  ...more
  • BirthplaceKongsberg, Norway


    Silje Norendal is a professional snowboarder.  ...more
  • BirthplaceKvinnherad, Norway


    Kristoffer Throndsen (c. 1500–1565), posthumously also with the family name Rustung, was a squire, admiral, feudal overlord in Norway and Denmark, privateer captain and pirate. Kristoffer served  ...more
  • BirthplaceTrøgstad, Norway


    Lene Alexandra Øien (born 29 October 1981 in Trøgstad, Norway) is a Norwegian singer, television personality and model.  ...more
  • Age: 43

    BirthplaceUllensaker, Jessheim, Norway


  • Dec. at 57 (1877-1934)

    BirthplaceGjøvik, Norway

    NationalityUnited States of America, Norway

    Ole Evinrude, born Ole Andreassen Aaslundeie (April 19, 1877 – July 12, 1934) was a Norwegian-American entrepreneur, known for the invention of the first outboard motor with practical commercial  ...more
  • BirthplaceTromsø, Norway


    Ewa Da Cruz (born Ewa Benedicte Övre Skulstad; July 9, 1976) also known as Ewa Skulstad or Ewa Benedicte Övre Skulstad, is a Norwegian-American television, soap opera and film actress. Da Cruz is  ...more
  • BirthplaceStavanger, Norway


    Kathrine Sørland (born 25 March 1980) is a Norwegian fashion model, TV presenter and beauty queen who has competed in the Miss World and Miss Universe beauty pageants.  ...more
  • Age: 37

    BirthplaceSandnes, Norway

    Eli Landa, born 21 March 1984 in Sandnes, Norway, but now living in Stavanger, is a Norwegian model, bank employee and teacher student at the University of Stavanger who was crowned Frøken Norge  ...more
  • Dec. at 88 (1920-2008)

    BirthplaceRena, Norway


    Anne-Cath. Vestly (15 February 1920 – 15 December 2008) was a Norwegian author of children’s literature. She is known for a wide range of children's books published from 1953 to 2004. Vestly was  ...more
  • BirthplaceSør-Trøndelag, Norway

    Lisbet Nypan (née Elisabeth Pedersdotter Kulgrandstad) (circa 1610 – September 1670) was an alleged Norwegian witch. As one of the most famous victims of the witch-hunts in her country, she was also  ...more
  • BirthplaceDrammen, Norway


    Johann Olav Koss, (born 29 October 1968) is a former speed skater from Norway. He won four Olympic gold medals, including three at the 1994 Winter Olympics in his home country. He resides in  ...more
  • Dec. at 33 (1975-2008)

    BirthplaceTrondheim, Norway

    Rolf Bae (9 January 1975 – 1 August 2008) was a Norwegian Arctic adventurer and mountaineer. Bae operated an adventure company called Fram, specializing in Arctic and Antarctic travel and survival  ...more
  • BirthplaceOslo, Norway

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Margarethe "Grethe" Cammermeyer (born March 24, 1942) served as a colonel in the Washington National Guard and became a gay rights activist. Born in Oslo, Norway, she became a United States citizen  ...more
  • BirthplaceGjøvik, Norway


    Gro Hammerseng-Edin (born 10 April 1980 in Gjøvik as Gro Hammerseng) is a Norwegian former handballer who last played for the club Larvik HK. She was captain of the Norwegian national team for  ...more
  • BirthplaceLillehammer, Norway


    Edvald Boasson Hagen (born 17 May 1987) is a Norwegian professional road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Team Dimension Data. He was ranked as no. 3 in the world by UCI as of 31  ...more
  • BirthplaceKongsberg, Norway


    Morten Harket (born 14 September 1959) is a Norwegian vocalist and musician, best known as the lead singer of the synthpop/rock band A-ha, which released ten studio albums and topped the charts  ...more
  • BirthplaceOslo, Norway

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Mariella Frostrup (born 12 November 1962) is a Norwegian-Scottish journalist and presenter, known in British television and radio mainly for arts programmes.  ...more
  • BirthplaceOslo, Norway

    NationalityCanada, United States of America

    Kristin Clotilde Darnell (born as Kristin Clotilde Holby; November 9, 1951 in Oslo, Norway) is an American actress and model. Born in Oslo, Norway, Holby grew up in Larchmont, New York and attended  ...more
  • BirthplaceTrondheim, Norway

    Morten "Diesel" Dahl is the drummer and co-founder of the Norwegian hard rock band TNT. He started playing the drums at the age of 15, and played in bands like Burn, Edge and Hotlips before he formed  ...more
  • Dec. at 73 (1873-1947)


    Ragnhild Tollefsen Kåta (23 May 1873 – 12 February 1947) was the first deafblind person in Norway who received proper schooling. Despite being deafblind, she learned to talk. The story of her success  ...more
  • BirthplaceFetsund, Norway

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Jan Stenerud (, Norwegian: [ˈsteːnərʉːd]; born November 26, 1942) is a Norwegian-born former American football player for the AFL/NFL Kansas City Chiefs (1967–1979), Green Bay Packers (1980–1983),  ...more