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Heddal Stave Church in Telemark, Norway - Photo: Heddal Stave Church
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Heddal Stave Church in Telemark, Norway Photo: Heddal Stave Church

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The Sami represent the oldest cultures in Norway and the stave churces are the most important Norwegian contribution to European cultural heritage.
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Heddal Stave Church in Telemark, Norway - Photo: Heddal Stave Church

Arts and culture

The Sami represent the oldest cultures in Norway and the stave churces are the most important Norwegian contribution to European cultural heritage.

Arts and culture

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Norwegian arts and culture

The Sami

The Sami are Norway’s indigenous people. Travel to Northern Norway to experience their culture. Learn to throw a lasso, or try reindeer sledding.

Languages in Norway

There are two forms of the Norwegian language, and the Sami language is of a totally different origin.

Coast and coastal culture

The coastline of Norway is long, stretching from an idyllic archipelago in the south, to a wild and untamed meeting between land and sea in the north.

Religion in Norway

Norse mythology held sway until Norway became Christian around the year 1000. Today there is religious freedom.

Architecture

The stave churches are Norway's contribution to the history of world architecture. Snøhetta is one of the modern firms with international attention.

Fortresses

The most famous of all the Norwegian fortresses, is Akershus Fortress and Castle in Oslo city centre.

Partners and Sponsored

Kilden Performing Arts Centre in Kristiansand

Kilden Performing Arts Centre is located on the waterfront in Kristiansand. Kilden is a monumental landmark building for the arts in Southern Norway.

The Norwegian Railway Museum

Trains and railways appeal to both young and old, and at the Norwegian Railway Museum at Hamar you can learn more about Norway's railway history.

The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo

Experience the best preserved Viking ships in the world up close and personal, and find out more about the Vikings' way of life - and death.

Vest Agder Museums in Southern Norway

Vest-Agder Museum: Cultural heritage museums in Southern Norway. The museum union includes eight museums, located close to each other in the south.

Explore the famous Kon-Tiki raft

Visit the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo and learn more about one of the greatest sea voyages in recorded history, across 2600 miles of open ocean.

The Hamsun Centre

Set in the area that inspired some of Knut Hamsun's most renowned books, the Hamsun Centre offers both impressive views and cultural experiences.

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