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List of famous writers from Norway, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Norway is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Norwegian writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Norway and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

List writers range from Jon Ewo to Odd Langholm.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Norwegian writers?" and "Which writers are from Norway?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Norway in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Norway, but they're all of Norway descent.

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Richard Matheson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
Died at 87 (1926-2013) Richard Burton Matheson was an American author and screenwriter, primarily in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres. He may be known best as the author of I Am Legend, a 1954 horror ...more

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Henrik Ibsen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
Died at 78 (1828-1906) Henrik Johan Ibsen was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet. He is often referred to as "the father of realism" and is one of the founders of Modernism ...more

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Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
Died at 64 (1843-1907) Edvard Hagerup Grieg was a Norwegian composer and pianist. He is widely considered one of the leading Romantic era composers, and his music is part of the standard classical repertoire ...more

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Liv Ullmann is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
age 80 Liv Johanne Ullmann is a Norwegian actress and film director. She is known as one of the "muses" of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. Ullmann won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – ...more

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Knut Hamsun is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
Died at 93 (1859-1952) Knut Hamsun was a Norwegian author, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920. Hamsun's work spans more than 70 years and shows variation with regard to the subject, perspective and ...more

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Lars Saabye Christensen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
age 65 Lars Saabye Christensen, born 21 September 1953 in Oslo, is a Norwegian author. Saabye Christensen was raised in the Skillebekk neighbourhood of Oslo, but lived for many years in Sortland in ...more

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Anne-Cath. Vestly is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
Died at 88 (1920-2008) Anne-Cath. Vestly was an actress, author, writer and a radio personality.

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Sigrid Undset is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
Died at 67 (1882-1949) Sigrid Undset was a Norwegian novelist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928. Undset was born in Kalundborg, Denmark, but her family moved to Norway when she was two years old. ...more

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Tarjei Vesaas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
Died at 73 (1897-1970) Tarjei Vesaas was a Norwegian poet and novelist. Born in Vinje, Telemark, Vesaas is widely considered to be one of Norway's greatest writers of the twentieth century and perhaps its most ...more

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Ludvig Holberg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
Died at 70 (1684-1754) Ludvig Holberg, Baron of Holberg was a writer, essayist, philosopher, historian and playwright born in Bergen, Norway, during the time of the Dano-Norwegian double monarchy, who spent most of ...more

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Arne Skouen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
Died at 90 (1913-2003) Arne Skouen was a Norwegian best known for his work as a film director and as a journalist. He was internationally famed for his 1957 film Ni Liv which also received an Academy Award nomination ...more

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Aksel Hennie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
age 43 Aksel Hennie is a Norwegian actor, director, and screenwriter. He has acted in a number of successful films and has received several awards.

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Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
Died at 78 (1832-1910) Bjørnstjerne Martinius Bjørnson was a Norwegian writer who received the 1903 Nobel Prize in Literature "as a tribute to his noble, magnificent and versatile poetry, which has ...more

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Jostein Gaarder is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
age 66 Jostein Gaarder is a Norwegian intellectual and author of several novels, short stories and children's books. Gaarder often writes from the perspective of children, exploring their sense of ...more

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Jo Nesbø is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
age 58 Jo Nesbø is a Glass Key award-winning Norwegian author and musician. As of March 2014 more than 3 million copies of his novels have been sold in Norway, and his work has been translated ...more

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Johan Borgen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
Died at 77 (1902-1979) Johan Collett Müller Borgen was a Norwegian author, journalist and critic. He was married to Annemarta Borgen. Under the pseudonym of Mumle Gåsegg he wrote shorter articles in the ...more

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Joachim Trier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
age 44 Joachim Trier is a Norwegian film director raised in Oslo, Norway. His father Jacob Trier was the sound technician of Pinchcliffe Grand Prix, the most notable film produced in Norway. He is a ...more

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Pjotr Sapegin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
age 63 Pjotr Sapegin is a film director, animator and screenwriter and set decorator.

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Ketil Bjørnstad is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
age 66 Ketil Bjørnstad is a Norwegian pianist, composer and author. Initially trained as a classical pianist, Bjørnstad discovered jazz at an early age and has embraced the emergence of ...more

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Bent Hamer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
age 62 Bent Hamer is a film director, writer and producer, born in Sandefjord, Norway in 1956.

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Fam Ekman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
age 72 Fam Ekman is a Swedish/Norwegian children's writer and illustrator. She was born in Stockholm, Sweden as the daughter of actors Hasse Ekman and Eva Henning, and moved to Oslo in 1954. She made ...more

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Jens Bjørneboe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
Died at 56 (1920-1976) Jens Ingvald Bjørneboe was a Norwegian writer whose work spanned a number of literary formats. He was also a painter and a waldorf school teacher. Bjørneboe was a harsh and ...more

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Jon Fosse is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
age 59 Jon Olav Fosse is a Norwegian author and dramatist. Fosse was born in Haugesund, Norway. He debuted in 1983 with the novel Raudt, svart. His first play, Og aldri skal vi skiljast, was performed ...more

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Tutte Lemkow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
Died at 73 (1918-1991) Tutte Lemkow was a Norwegian actor and dancer, who played mostly villainous roles in British television and films. His chief claims to mainstream familiarity were his roles as "the ...more

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Nils Gaup is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
age 63 Nils Gaup is a Sámi film director from Norway.

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Erlend Loe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
age 49 Erlend Loe is a Norwegian novelist, screenwriter and film critic. He has gained popularity in Scandinavia with his humorous and sometimes naïve novels, although his stories have become ...more

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Hans Petter Moland is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
age 63 Hans Petter Moland is a Norwegian film director. Hans Petter had been awarded prizes for his commercials at all major festivals, including Cannes, before he made his feature debut in 1993 with ...more

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Per Petterson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
age 66 Per Petterson is a Norwegian novelist. His debut book was Aske i munnen, sand i skoa, a collection of short stories. He has since published a number of novels to good reviews. To Siberia, set in ...more

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Ragnar Hovland is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
age 66 Ragnar Hovland is a Norwegian novelist, essayist, lyricist, and writer of children's books. He was awarded the Brage Prize in 1992 for the children's book Ein motorsykkel i natta. He received ...more

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Margit Sandemo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
age 94 Margit Sandemo is a Norwegian-Swedish historical fantasy author. She has been the best-selling author in the Nordic Countries since the 1980s, when her novel series of 47 books, The Legend of ...more

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Torill Kove is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
age 60 Torill Kove is a Norwegian-born Canadian film director and animator. She won the 2007 Academy Award for Animated Short Film for the film The Danish Poet, co-produced by Norway's Mikrofilm AS and ...more

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Harald Rosenløw Eeg is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
age 48 Harald Rosenløw Eeg is a Norwegian novelist and script writer. He made his literary début in 1995 with the youth novel Glasskår, for which he was awarded the Tarjei Vesaas' ...more

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Johan Bojer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
Died at 87 (1872-1959) Johan Bojer was a popular Norwegian novelist and dramatist. He principally wrote about the lives of the poor farmers and fishermen, both in his native Norway and among the Norwegian immigrants ...more

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Kristen Nygaard is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
Died at 76 (1926-2002) Kristen Nygaard was a Norwegian computer scientist, programming language pioneer and politician. He was born in Oslo and died of a heart attack in 2002.

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Atle Antonsen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
age 49 Atle Antonsen is a Norwegian comedian and actor. He has participated in and contributed to several television and radio shows, including XL and XLTV, Nissene på låven, Uti vår ...more

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Aksel Sandemose is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
Died at 66 (1899-1965) Aksel Sandemose was a novelist, born in Nykøbing, Mors Island, Denmark to a Danish father and a Norwegian mother. He is the grandfather of illustrator and children's writer Iben ...more

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Margreth Olin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
Margreth Olin age 48 Margreth Olin Mykløen is a Norwegian film director, film producer and screen writer. She has won several awards for her documentary films.

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Roy Jacobsen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
age 64 Roy Jacobsen is a Norwegian novelist and short-story writer. Born in Oslo, he made his publishing début in 1982 with the short-story collection Fangeliv, which won Tarjei Vesaas' ...more

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Edvard Munch is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
Died at 81 (1863-1944) Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter and printmaker whose intensely evocative treatment of psychological themes built upon some of the main tenets of late 19th-century Symbolism and greatly ...more

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Vibeke Løkkeberg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
age 73 Vibeke Løkkeberg is a Norwegian film actress and director. She appeared in 12 films between 1967 and 1991. Her film Hud was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1987 Cannes

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Anja Breien is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
age 78 Anja Breien is a Norwegian film director and screenwriter. She directed 14 films between 1969 and 2005. Her film Arven was entered into the 1979 Cannes Film Festival. She was awarded the Gina ...more

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Harald Zwart is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
Harald Zwart age 53 Harald Zwart is a Norwegian film director.

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Sigurd Hoel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
Died at 70 (1890-1960) Sigurd Hoel was a Norwegian author and publishing consultant, born in Nord-Odal. He debuted with the collection of short stories Veien vi gaar in 1922. His breakthrough came with Syndere i ...more

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Jason is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
age 53 John Arne Sæterøy, better known by the pen name Jason, is a Norwegian cartoonist, known for his sparse drawing style and silent, anthropomorphic animal characters. He has been ...more

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Tancred Ibsen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
Died at 85 (1893-1978) Tancred Ibsen was a Norwegian officer, pilot, film director and screenwriter. He was the son of Sigurd Ibsen, and the grandson of Henrik Ibsen and Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson. He was ...more

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Henrik Elvestad is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
age 45 Henrik Elvestad is a screenwriter and an actor.

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Ingvar Ambjørnsen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
age 62 Ingvar Even Ambjørnsen-Haefs is a Norwegian writer. He is best known for his "Elling" tetralogy: Utsikt til paradiset, Fugledansen, Brødre i blodet, and Elsk meg i ...more

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Frode Grytten is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
age 58 Frode Grytten is a Norwegian writer and journalist. He is the author of the Brage Prize-winning novel Bikubesong, and other collections of short stories and poetry. His works have been ...more

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Alexander Kielland is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
Died at 57 (1849-1906) Alexander Lange Kielland was one of the most famous Norwegian realistic writers of the 19th century. He is one of the so-called "The Four Greats" in Norwegian literature, along with ...more

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Grete Waitz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Norway
Died at 58 (1953-2011) Grete Waitz was a Norwegian marathon runner and former world record holder. In 1979, she became the first woman in history to run the marathon in under two and a half hours. She won nine New ...more