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Encyclopedia > King of Norway

This article is a list of rulers of Norway up until the present, including:

The early Viking kings are listed using the name common in historic sources (with the Norwegian name in italics).

Note also that before the Law of Succession was introduced in 1163, the inheritance of the throne was an affair filled with deep conflicts. In many cases, brothers would initially share it.


  1. The article Olav covers that recurring Norwegian royal name.
  2. Nominally a Danish vassal, but de facto independent

See also

External links

  • Official site of the Royal Norwegian House (in Norwegian) (http://www.kongehuset.no/)
  • in English (http://www.kongehuset.no/default.asp?lang=eng)
  • Family tree of the Royal Norwegian House (http://www.kongehuset.no/popup_slektstre_eng.html)
  • Kings of Norway (in Norwegian) (http://www.thule.no/~larsd/kongerekka.html)
  • Kings of Norway (http://www.moerck.com/norsk/N-KongeriNorge.htm)

  Results from FactBites:
OMACL: Heimskringla: Harald Harfager's Saga (10642 words)
King Hrollaug, on the contrary, went upon the summit of the mound, on which the kings were wont to sit, and made a throne to be erected, upon which he seated himself.
King Harald heard that the vikings, who were in the West sea in winter, plundered far and wide in the middle part of Norway; and therefore every summer he made an expedition to search the isles and out-skerries (1) on the coast.
King Athelstan gave Hakon a sword, of which the hilt and handle were gold, and the blade still better; for with it Hakon cut down a mill-stone to the centre eye, and the sword thereafter was called the Quernbite (1).
Norway. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05 (2041 words)
Norway is a constitutional monarchy; executive power, while nominally held by the monarch, is exercised by a council of ministers led by the prime minister.
Norway was one of the original members of the United Nations (the Norwegian Trygve Lie was the first UN Secretary-General), and it became a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in 1949.
King Olaf V succeeded to the throne in 1957.
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