30 Famous people in Oslo, Norway: How to contact them?

Once the home of renowned expressionist artist Edvard Munch, Norway’s capital has long played host to sensitive artistic types; perhaps the most widely acclaimed of these of the last few years has been Jostein Gaarder. Gaarder achieved worldwide fame with his novel Sophie’s World, a popular exploration of philosophy of which there are an estimated thirty million copies in print.


Some of the other current stars of the Norwegian literary scene who live in Oslo include Ketil Bjørnstad, who first emerged as a pianist and composer before making a name for himself as a poet and novelist.


Tom EgelandOther respected literary types who live in Oslo include Lars Saabye Christensen, noted for his novel Beatles, Tom Egeland, who wrote Relic, the novel that reputedly inspired Dan Brown’s more famous The Da Vinci Code, and Kjartan Fløgstad, who received a literary award for his 1977 work Dollar Road.


Roy Jacobsen, Jan Kjærstad and Vilhelm Krag are all inhabitants of Oslo who have found varying degrees of literary success, while Jo Nesbø has attained mainstream appeal around the world with a series of crime novels featuring implausibly-named detective Harry Hole.


There’s also Lin Ullmann, the daughter of celebrated director Ingmar Bergman and author and director Liv Ullmann, and has grown up to be a respected newspaper columnist and author in her own right. Her more famous parents are less associated with Oslo, even though Linn was born to Liv in the Norwegian capital.


If Bergman’s high-brow examinations of the soul prove a little too chilly, there’s popular culture too; Lise Myrhe is a cartoonist best known for the popular newspaper strip Nemi, which appears in publications around the world and revolves around the misadventures of a pale skinned, dark-haired borderline misanthrope female metal fan.


Morten HarketNot that Oslo is all about gloom. Morten Harket of Norwegian pop group A-ha spends a lot of time in the capital, while the area is also well known for actor Harald Heide-Steen Jr, comedian Kristopher Schau, and film director Harald Zwart.


Winter sports are also popular in the notably chilly Scandinavian climate; stars like ski jumper Anders Bardal, speedskater Eskil Ervik and snowboarder Daniel Franck have lit up the Oslo sports scene, and Peter Northug is a double Olympic Gold winning cross country skier.


Simen Agdestein is a football player who went on to become a chess grandmaster, but more conventional sports stars are also associated with Oslo, with former Manchester United defender Henning Berg having managed FC Lyn Oslo, while the Oslo-born Suzann Pettersen is one of the best woman golfers in the world, achieving a best ever career ranking of world No. 2


Jens StoltenbergFinally, the current Norwegian prime minister is Jens Stoltenberg of the Labour Party, while the reigning monarch is Harald V. Other prominent members of the Norwegian royal family include Queen Sonja; she and Harald are the parents of Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit, and grandparents to Haakon’s daughter, Princess Ingrid Alexandra.


Incidentally, Oslo is also the home of the fictional ‘Norwegian blue’ parrot, as seen in the famous Monty Python sketch. Though being as the only recorded specimen is dead, I don’t suppose there’s much point trying to get in touch…


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By Steve Colton


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