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Famous Writers from Norway

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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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  • 1
    Richard Matheson

    Richard Matheson

    Dec. at 87 (1926-2013)

    BirthplaceAllendale, New Jersey, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    WorksThe Omega Man, Duel, The Last Man on Earth, Jaws 3-D, Twilight Zone: The Movie

    Richard Burton Matheson (February 20, 1926 – June 23, 2013) was an American author and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Henrik Ibsen

    Henrik Ibsen

    Dec. at 78 (1828-1906)

    BirthplaceSkien, Norway

    NationalityNorway

    WorksThe Wild Duck, Hedda Gabler, Love's Comedy, Little Eyolf, The Feast at Solhaug

    Henrik Johan Ibsen (; Norwegian: [ˈhɛnrɪk ˈɪpsn̩]; 20 March 1828 – 23 May 1906) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Edvard Grieg

    Edvard Grieg

    Dec. at 64 (1843-1907)

    BirthplaceBergen, Norway

    NationalityNorway

    WorksScenes from Olaf Trygvasson, 100 tunes to play, Brev til Frants Beyer, 1872-1907, Grieg and Schumann Piano Concertos

    Edvard Hagerup Grieg ( GREEG, Norwegian: [ˈɛdvɑɖ ˈhɑːɡərʉp ˈɡrɪɡː]; 15 June 1843 – 4 September... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Liv Ullmann

    BirthplaceTokyo, Japan

    NationalityNorway

    WorksKristin Lavransdatter, Sofie, Briefe an mein Enkelkind. Großdruck, Wandlungen

    Liv Johanne Ullmann (born 16 December 1938) is a Norwegian actress and film director. She was... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Knut Hamsun

    Knut Hamsun

    Dec. at 93 (1859-1952)

    BirthplaceLom, Norway

    NationalityNorway

    WorksHunger, Growth of the Soil, Benoni, On Overgrown Paths, Pan

    Knut Hamsun (August 4, 1859 – February 19, 1952) was a Norwegian writer who was awarded the... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Lars Saabye Christensen

    BirthplaceOslo, Norway

    NationalityDenmark, Norway

    WorksThe Half Brother, Pinnsvinsol, Falleferdig himmel, Stille lengde, Jaktmarker

    Lars Saabye Christensen, (born 21 September 1953 in Oslo) is a Norwegian/Danish author. Saabye... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Anne-Cath. Vestly

    Anne-Cath. Vestly

    Dec. at 88 (1920-2008)

    BirthplaceRena, Norway

    NationalityNorway

    WorksOle Aleksander får skjorte, Eight Children Move House, Kostemarsj på Tirilltoppen, Aurora i Holland, Ole Aleksander på sirkus

    Anne-Cath. Vestly (15 February 1920 – 15 December 2008) was a Norwegian author of children’s... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Sigrid Undset

    Sigrid Undset

    Dec. at 67 (1882-1949)

    BirthplaceKalundborg, Denmark

    NationalityNorway

    WorksThe snake pit, Kristin Lavransdatter, The Cross, In the wilderness, The son avenger

    Sigrid Undset (20 May 1882 – 10 June 1949) was a Norwegian novelist who was awarded the Nobel... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Tarjei Vesaas

    Tarjei Vesaas

    Dec. at 73 (1897-1970)

    BirthplaceVinje, Norway

    NationalityNorway

    WorksEin vakker dag, The house in the dark, Bleikeplassen, Sendemann Huskuld, Grinde-kveld

    Tarjei Vesaas (20 August 1897 – 15 March 1970) was a Norwegian poet and novelist. Vesaas is... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Ludvig Holberg

    Ludvig Holberg

    Dec. at 70 (1684-1754)

    BirthplaceBergen, Norway

    NationalityDenmark, Denmark–Norway, Norway

    WorksJeppe Of The Hill, Niels Klim's Underground Travels, Erasmus Montanus, Three comedies: The transformed peasant, The Arabian powder

    Ludvig Holberg, Baron of Holberg (3 December 1684 – 28 January 1754) was a writer, essayist,... more on Wikipedia
  • 11

    Arne Skouen

    Dec. at 90 (1913-2003)

    BirthplaceEurope, Northern Europe, Nordic countries, Norway, Oslo

    NationalityNorway

    WorksEmergency Landing, Circus Fandango, The Master and His Servants, An-Magritt, Det brenner i natt!

    Arne Skouen (18 October 1913 – 24 May 2003) was a Norwegian journalist, author, film director... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Aksel Hennie

    BirthplaceEurope, Northern Europe, Nordic countries, Norway, Oslo

    NationalityNorway

    WorksUno

    Aksel Hennie (born 29 October 1975) is a Norwegian actor, director, and screenwriter. He is... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson

    Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson

    Dec. at 78 (1832-1910)

    BirthplaceKvikne, Norway

    NationalityNorway

    WorksMagnhild, Sigurd Jorsalfar, Fiskerjenten, Paul Lange og Tora Parsberg, Arne

    Bjørnstjerne Martinius Bjørnson ( BYURN-sən, Norwegian: [²bjøːɳstjæːɳə ²bjøːɳsɔn]; 8 December... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Jostein Gaarder

    BirthplaceEurope, Northern Europe, Nordic countries, Norway, Oslo

    NationalityNorway

    WorksThe Solitaire Mystery, Sophie's World, The Christmas Mystery, Through a Glass, Darkly

    Jostein Gaarder (Norwegian: [ˈjuːstæɪn ˈɡoːrdər]; born 8 August 1952) is a Norwegian... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Jo Nesbø

    Jo Nesbø

    Age: 59

    BirthplaceOslo, Norway

    NationalityNorway

    WorksJackpot, The Redbreast, Nemesis, The Devil's Star, The Cockroaches

    Jo Nesbø (Norwegian: [ˈjuː ˈnɛsbøː]; born 29 March 1960) is a Norwegian writer, musician, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 16

    Johan Borgen

    Dec. at 77 (1902-1979)

    BirthplaceEurope, Northern Europe, Nordic countries, Norway, Oslo

    NationalityNorway

    WorksFlukt til virkeligheten, Dronningen nikker, Som tyver om natten, Ord gjennom ar, Dager på Grini

    Johan Collett Müller Borgen (28 April 1902 – 16 October 1979) was a Norwegian author,... more on Wikipedia
  • 17

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    NationalityDenmark, Norway

    WorksOslo, August 31st, Reprise, Procter

    Joachim Trier (born 1 March 1974) is a Norwegian film director raised in Oslo, Norway. His... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Pjotr Sapegin

    BirthplaceEurasia, Russia

    NationalityRussia, Norway

    WorksThe Last Norwegian Troll, One Day a Man Bought a House, Through My Thick Glasses

    Pjotr Sapegin is a film director, animator and screenwriter and set decorator.
  • 19
    Ketil Bjørnstad

    BirthplaceOslo, Norway

    NationalityNorway

    WorksThe story of Edvard Munch

    Ketil Bjørnstad (born 25 April 1952 in Oslo, Norway) is a pianist, composer and author.... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Bent Hamer

    Bent Hamer

    Age: 63

    BirthplaceEurope, Northern Europe, Nordic countries, Sandefjord, Vestfold

    NationalityNorway

    WorksFactotum, Kitchen Stories, Hjem til jul, O' Horten, Eggs

    Bent Hamer (born 18 December 1956) is a film director, writer and producer, born in... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Fam Ekman

    Fam Ekman

    Age: 73

    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    NationalitySweden, Norway

    WorksWhat Shall We Do About Little Jill?, Jente i bitar, Hva skal vi gjøre med lille Jill?, Kall meg onkel Alf

    Fam Kristina Ekman (born 6 October 1946) is a Swedish-Norwegian children's writer and... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Jens Bjørneboe

    Jens Bjørneboe

    Dec. at 56 (1920-1976)

    BirthplaceKristiansand, Norway

    NationalityNorway

    WorksSemmelweis, The sharks, Samlede skuespill, Fugleelskerne, Kruttårnet

    Jens Ingvald Bjørneboe (9 October 1920 – 9 May 1976) was a Norwegian writer whose work spanned... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Jon Fosse

    Jon Fosse

    Age: 60

    BirthplaceHaugesund, Norway

    NationalityNorway

    WorksThe Girl on the Sofa, Visites - variations sur la mort, Jenta i sofaen, Og aldri skal vi skiljast, Gnostiske essay

    Jon Olav Fosse (born 29 September 1959) is a Norwegian author and dramatist.
  • 24

    Tutte Lemkow

    Dec. at 73 (1918-1991)

    BirthplaceOslo, Norway

    NationalityNorway

    WorksThe Wild Duck

    Tutte Lemkow (28 August 1918 – 10 November 1991) was a Norwegian actor and dancer, who played... more on Wikipedia
  • 25

    Nils Gaup

    Age: 64

    BirthplaceKautokeino, Norway

    NationalityNorway

    WorksPathfinder, The Kautokeino Rebellion, Shipwrecked, Pathfinder

    Nils Gaup (born 12 April 1955) is a Sámi film director from Norway.