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It weekly church attendance is at 43%. Ekofisk experienced a major blowout in 1977 and 123 people were killed when the Alexander Kielland accommodation rig capsized in 1980;[143] these incidents led to a strengthening of petroleum safety regulations. However, it wasn’t until the 14 th century that Norway history merged with Denmark, following a royal marriage. 24 June, is also a commonly revered holiday. [70], The Napoleonic Wars sent Norway into an economic crisis, as nearly all the merchants had gone bankrupt during the blockade. [67], Christian Frederik, heir to the Danish and Norwegian crowns, had since 1813 been governor-general of Norway. The Nøstvet culture took over from the Fosna culture ca. High petroleum taxes and dividends from Statoil gave high income from the oil industry to the government. The government in exile, including the royal family, escaped to London. Eight townships with privileges existed in 1660—by 1800 this had increased to twenty-three. Norwegian people and their descendants are found in migrant communities worldwide, notably in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. [126] Norway started negotiations for the creation of a Scandinavian defense union, but instead opted to become a founding member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). This is due to a history of at least a thousand years of large-scale migration both in and out of Norway. The population expanded quickly until 1349 (Oslo: 3,000; Bergen: 7,000; Trondheim: 4,000)[citation needed] when it was halved by the Black Death and successive plagues. Some ‘jumped’ or deserted their ships while they were in South Australian ports. In 1380, Olaf Haakonsson inherited both the Norwegian and Danish thrones, creating a union between the two countries. The Norwegians are and have been referred to by other terms as well. The Danish monarchy became an absolutist and hereditary one in Norway in 1661. The Viking Age (793-1066 AD) An economic crisis hit in 1986 when foreigners started selling Norwegian krone, which ultimately forced an increase in taxes and Prime Minister KÃ¥re Willoch was forced to resign. She waged war against the Germans, resulting in a trade blockade and higher taxation on Norwegians, which resulted in a rebellion. [29], The Norwegian population is typical of the Northern European population with Haplogroup I1 being most common. By 930 the island had been divided among 400 Norse chieftains. They took Dutch names, so no trace of Norwegian names can be found in the Dutch population of today. [citation needed] The first known permanent Norwegian settler in Iceland was Ingólfur Arnarson. [44][45], In Norway the Church of Norway and state are not entirely separated. Between 1836 and 1935, Wisconsin was a principle destination for Norwegian immigrants and an important center of Norwegian-American life. Norwegians who get their personal mtDNA and/or Y-DNA tested with this company are invited to join "The Norway Project - Norgesprosjektet". In 1949, neutrality was abandoned and Norway became a member of NATO. [68] The 112 members of the Constituent Assembly gathered and, after six weeks of discussion, concluded the work on the Constitution of Norway on 17 May 1814. The Kalmar War between 1611 and 1613 saw 8,000 Norwegian peasants conscripted. Some important facts in the Norwegian History. [80] The 19th century saw a large increase of road construction and steamship services commenced along the coast. [67] He spearheaded the Norwegian resistance against the Kiel Treaty and planned to claim the throne as the legitimate heir. Gradually, between 1500 BC and 500 BC, these agricultural settlements spread into the southern areas of Norway – whilst the inhabitants of the northern regions continued to hunt and fish. The author has now had another edition printed at his own expense. In the 19th century a community known as the Kola Norwegians settled in the environs of the Russian city of Murmansk. Olaf Engelbrektsson again tried to lead a Catholic Norwegian resistance movement. [156] Norsk Data, a manufacturer of minicomputers, became Norway's second largest company by 1985,[157] just to go bankrupt by 1993. [86] The Liberal Party introduced a series of legal reforms, such as increasing the voting rights to about half of all men, settling the language conflict by establishing two official written standards, RiksmÃ¥l and LandsmÃ¥l, introduced juries, seven years of compulsory education and,[87] as the first European country, universal suffrage for men in 1889. In Post Office lines they explained, "It's rumored that we're getting new stamps bearing Quisling's likeness, but distribution has been delayed because no one knows which side to spit on." The Bronze Age started in 1800 BC and involved innovations such as ploughing fields with ards, permanent farms with houses and yards, especially in the fertile areas around the Oslofjord, Trondheimsfjord, Mjøsa and Jæren. Norway's culinary traditions show the influence of long seafaring and farming traditions with salmon (fresh and cured), herring (pickled or marinated), trout, codfish and other seafood balanced by cheeses, dairy products and excellent breads (predominantly dark/darker). [137], The completion of the Nordland Line to Bodø in 1962 concluded the construction of new railway routes,[82] while the first part of the Oslo Metro opened in 1966. In World War II Norway proclaimed its neutrality, but was nonetheless occupied for five years by Nazi Germany (1940–45). [119] Following the Kings Bay Affair the right-wing Lyng's Cabinet ruled for a month. King Christian Frederik agreed to convoke an extraordinary parliament to revise the Constitution accordingly, and then abdicate. After a short war with Sweden, the countries concluded the Convention of Moss, in which Norway accepted a personal union with Sweden, keeping its Constitution, Storting and separate institutions, except for the foreign service. Norway House is one of the oldest trading posts and Native-Canadian missions in the Canadian West. ", This page was last edited on 1 February 2021, at 08:41. The union with Sweden was dissolved in 1905. Unlike Greenland, no permanent settlement was established there. In the 2013 Storting elections, voters ended eight years of Labour rule. Export industry commenced with steam-powered sawmills in the 1860s, followed by canned herring, wood pulp and cellulose. [31] Such large frequencies of R1a have been found only in East Europe and India. From the 1980s Norway started deregulation in many sectors and experienced a banking crisis. The following decades saw a fluctuating economy and the rise of the labor movement. The climate changes also meant that farmers started building more structures for shelter. [18] He set up the very basics of a state administration with stewards in the most important former chieftain estates. [51] By 1500 most deserted farms were repossessed. Norway's classical performers include Leif Ove Andsnes, one of the world's more famous pianists, and Truls Mørk, an outstanding cellist. History of Immigration and Settlement. The bucket." [9] About 1000 BC, speakers of Uralic languages arrived in the north and assimilated with the indigenous population, becoming the Sami people. Industrialization started in the 1840s and from the 1860s large-scale emigration to North America took place. The 1882 election saw the first two parties, the Liberals and Conservatives, run for election, and subsequently the majority succeeded at impeaching the cabinet. Norway's great Viking era took place during the ninth century AD , when the Vikings (Norse explorers and pirates) extended their territory as far as Dublin (Ireland) and Normandy (France). According to the 2000 U.S. Census, three million Americans consider Norwegian to be their sole or primary ancestry. Rondane National Park was created as the country's first in 1962 and the Ministry of the Environment was the first in the world when it was established in 1972. The transition came amid an economy in good condition, with low unemployment. The forests, which had previously consisted of elm, lime, ash and oak, were replaced with birch, pine and spruce. As a result of this,[citation needed] many of the Norwegians remaining in Norway were religiously moderate; subsequently, church attendance declined throughout the 20th century, as reflected by 78% of the population stating that religion is unimportant in a Gallup poll[42] and low weekly church attendance, at 2%,[43] particularly when compared to that of North Dakota, the state in which Norwegians constitute approximately 30.4% of the population. In 1814, after being on the losing side of the Napoleonic Wars with Denmark, Norway was ceded to the king of Sweden by the Treaty of Kiel. Although half the ships were sunk, the earnings paid the expenses of the government. [24], As with many of the people from European countries, Norwegians are spread throughout the world. [125] The 1960s saw good times for heavy industry and Norway became Europe's largest exporter of aluminum and the world's largest exporter of ferroalloys. About 10,000 BC, following the retreat of the great inland ice sheets, the earliest inhabitants migrated north into the territory which is now Norway. There was one revolt under Knut Alvsson in 1502. [22] Olav Haraldsson, starting in 1015, made the things pass church laws, destroyed heathen hofs, built churches and created an institution of priests. [130], Norway joined the Marshall Plan ("ERP") in 1947, receiving US$400 million in American support. During The Black Death, approximately 60% of the population died and in 1397 Norway entered a union with Denmark. Stavanger became the center of this industry. 73–77, de Bles, Harry, and Erlend des Bouvrie. Their settlements, however, were short-lived; Icelandic sagas and Inuit accounts share similar stories of conflict between Erikson’s colonists and proto-Inuit natives. The Swedish king, Oskar II, was forced to recognise Norwegian sovereignty, abdicate and re-instate a … [63] The University of Oslo was established in 1811. In the 19th century, Norwegian culture blossomed as efforts continued to achieve an independent identity in the areas of literature, art and music. [11], From the last century, a widespread cultural influence took place. The first Norwegians lived by hunting (elk, deer, seal and whales) and by fishing. But by 1977 high wages had made Norwegian industry uncompetitive and a soaring forced cut-backs in public and private spending. From 1850 to 1880 the Norwegian shipping industry enjoyed a large boom, stimulated by the abolishing of the British Navigation Acts. In particular, several northern states in the United States (Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana) show Scandinavian (which includes Norwegian) ancestry proportions among European descent (white) persons of 10 to 20%. [32] In 1397, under Margaret I, the Kalmar Union was created between the three Scandinavian countries. Norway had huge resources of timber but did not have the means to exploit much of it in the Middle Ages as only hand-tools were available. The lumber industry became important in the 17th century through exports especially to England. Danish was introduced as a written language, although Norwegian remained distinct dialects. [48] The Evangelical Lutheran Church is still mentioned in the constitution, for example, the King is still required to profess an evangelical Lutheran faith. [91] Large industrial companies established in these years were Elkem,[92] Norsk Hydro and Sydvaranger. One well-known illustration is that of Admiral Kruys. [26] In 1130, a civil war era broke out over succession to the throne, which allowed all the king's sons to rule jointly. Of all U.S. states, North Dakota has the lowest percentage of non-religious people and the largest number of churches per capita. After 500 BC Norwegians used iron. By the end of the 1860s there were more than 40,000 Norwegians in the United States. [citation needed]. In the year 874 he settled in Reykjavík. Norwegians (Norwegian: nordmenn) are a North Germanic ethnic group native to Norway. The Norwegians left with the Dutch trade ships that when in Norway traded for timber, hides, herring and stockfish (dried codfish). The Reformation was introduced in 1537 and absolute monarchy imposed in 1661. Amsterdam University Press, 2007, pp. Confirmation was introduced in 1736; as it required people to read, elementary education was introduced. [139] The 1960s saw an increased focus on environmentalism, especially through activism, based on ever-more conversion of waterfalls to hydro stations, pollution and the dilapidation of herring stocks. By 1910, more than 7,000 Norwegians lived and worked in the region. Thus they were able to rule an area of several settlements and tribes. [40] Among the most prominent folk musicians are Hardanger fiddlers Andrea Een, Olav Jørgen Hegge, Vidar Lande and Annbjørg Lien, violinist Susanne Lundeng, and vocalists Agnes Buen Garnås, Kirsten Bråten Berg and Odd Nordstoga.[41]. According to recent genetic analysis, both mtDNA (mitochondrial DNA) and Y chromosome polymorphisms showed a noticeable genetic affinity between the Norwegian population and other ethnic groups in Northern and Central Europe, particularly with the Germans. Christian III triumphed and Engelbrektsson went into exile and, in 1536/1537, Christian demoted Norway from an independent kingdom to a puppet state. Crofts became common in the absolutism period, especially in Eastern Norway and Trøndelag, with the smallholder living at the mercy of the farmer. The history of the Kola Norwegians), Gyldendal, 2001. Professional administration was now needed and power shifted from the provincial nobility to the royal administration: district stipendiary magistrates were appointed as judges and the sheriffs became employees of the crown rather than of the local nobility. In the third, from 1919 to 1930, 21,874 people came directly from Norway, with the peak year in 1927, when 5,103 Norwegians arrived, spurred by severe depression at home. [121] Given the business background of the Marshall Plan's American leaders, their readiness to work with the Norwegian Labor government's ERP Council disappointed the conservative Norwegian business community. From the 1040s to 1130 the country was at peace. The Agrarian Party was established in 1920, although this period saw a rise of support for the Conservatives. [121] The University of Bergen was created in 1946. [112] He was quickly set aside and replaced by Josef Terboven, but reinstated in 1942. Many people wear bunad (traditional costumes) and most participate in or watch the Norwegian Constitution Day From the 1880s to the 1920s, Norwegians such as Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen carried out a series of important polar expeditions. The population increased from 150,000 in 1000 to 400,000 in 1300, resulting both in more land being cleared and the subdivision of farms. [18][19][20][21][22][23] They share a common culture and speak the Norwegian language. This was rejected by the king and on 7 June Parliament unanimously approved the dissolution of the union. In 1850, the year after Great Britain repealed its restrictive Navigation Acts in Canada, more and more emigrating Norwegians sailed the shorter route to the Ville de Québec (Quebec City) in Canada, to make their way to US cities like Chicago, Milwaukee, and Green Bay by steamer. Oil was discovered in 1969 and by 1995 Norway was the world's second-largest exporter. [75] They also passed the Local Committees Act, which established elected municipal councils from 1838. Discovery of oil and gas in adjacent waters in the late 1960s boosted Norway's economic fortunes but in referendums held in 1972 and 1994, Norway rejected joining the EU. [32], The Hanseatic League took control of Norwegian trade in the 14th century and established a trading centre in Bergen. Swedish Statistics from 2005. Departments organized by portfolio were established in Copenhagen, while Norway was divided into counties, each led by a district governor, and further subdivided into bailiwicks. [48], The 17th century saw a series of wars between Denmark–Norway and Sweden. They came with limited means, many leaving dole queues. [161] Large public investments in the 1990s were a new National Hospital and Oslo Airport, Gardermoen—connected to the capital with Norway's first high-speed railway, the Gardermoen Line. [148] The Alta controversy started in the 1970s when Statkraft planned to dam the Alta River. Iceland, then uninhabited, was discovered by Norwegians during the late 9th century. [49] Denmark–Norway lost the war and was forced to cede Jämtland and Härjedalen to Sweden. The wars ended in 1217 with the appointment of HÃ¥kon HÃ¥konsson, who introduced clear succession laws. [93] The Bergen Line was completed in 1909,[82] the Norwegian Institute of Technology was established the following year[94] and women's suffrage was introduced in 1913—as the second country in the world. One long-term impact was the abandonment of a traditional Scandinavian policy of neutrality; Norway became a founding member of NATO in 1949. There are very few of them left there today. [134] The Socialist People's Party was created in 1961 by former Labor politicians who disagreed with the Labor Party's NATO, nuclear and European policies. Norwegians in America, their History and Record (years 1825-1913), 3-Volume-Set by Martin Ulvestad $ 149.95 $ 74.95 Ulvestad 3-volume-set was the WINNER of the 2012 G. K. Haukebo Heritage Resource Award for Historical Emphasis Not until the 1880s did Norwegians accept Canada as a land of opportunity. Towards the end of the 3rd millennium BC, Proto-Indo-European speaking Battle-Axe peoples migrated to Norway bringing domesticated horses, agriculture, cattle and wheel technology to the region. 7000 BC,[4] which adapted to a warmer climate which gave increased forestation and new mammals for hunting. [31], Norwegian genetic ancestry also exists in many locations where Norwegians immigrated. [7] According to Ante Aikio[10] the formation of the Sámi language was completed in its southernmost area of usage (central Scandinavia, South Sápmi) by 500 AD. Norway declared its independence and adopted a constitution. [14] This was possible because of the development of the longship, suitable for travel across the sea, and advanced navigation techniques. [84], Annual parliamentary sessions were introduced from 1869 and in 1872 ministers were, though a constitutional amendment, required to meet in Parliament to defend their policies. By 1921 one-third of all Norwegians in Canada had been born in the US. Negotiations of independence commenced, but were not effective because of shifting governments and the Swedish threat of war. Trading with Romans also took place, largely furs and skins in exchange for luxury goods. This article is about the Germanic ethnic group native to, For a specific analysis of the population of Norway, see. Fishing continued to be an important income for farmers along the coast, but from the 18th century dried cod started being salted, which required fishermen to buy salt from merchants. 2,000 officials,[74] as there were few bourgeois and no aristocracy following an 1821 decision to abolish nobility. He traveled to Trondheim to gain support for his person, and then assembled twenty-one prominent citizens at Eidsvoll on 16 February 1814 to discuss his plans. [88], With the four-party Michelsen's Cabinet appointed in 1905, Parliament voted to establish a Norwegian consular service. [73] The first half of the century was dominated by the ca. The first traces of man in Norway dates back to some time after 10,000 BC and they came both from the South and the North East. [129] NATO financed large parts of the Norwegian military investments, which ultimately resulted in numerous airports being built during the 1950s and 1960s. [21] Erik's son, Leif Ericson, came across Newfoundland in ca. Norway was still extremely poor – between 1825 and 1925, over 750,000 Norwegians re-settled in the USA and Canada – but the wave of national identity would not be stopped. [81] As the first coast-to-coast railway, the Røros Line connected the capital to Trondheim in 1877. The Germans captured about 20% of the fleet but the remainder, about 1000 ships, were taken over by the government. [151] The Progress Party, located to the right of the Conservatives, had its break-through in the late 1980s. The Viking Age also saw the unification of the country. The German goal was to use Norway to control access to the North Sea and the Atlantic, and to station air and naval forces to stop convoys from Britain to the USSR. "Social History in Norway in the 1970s and Beyond: Evolution and Professionalisation. The Second Northern War in 1657 to 1660 resulted in Bohuslän being ceded to Sweden. In 1572, a governor-general was appointed for Norway with a seat at Akershus Fortress in Oslo. Two centuries of Viking expansion tapered off following the decline of Norse paganism with the adoption of Christianity in the 11th century. Рипол Классик, 1905 - History - 560 pages 0 Reviews A concise record of the struggles and achievements of the early settlers together with a narrative of what is now being done by the Norwegian-Americans of Illinois in the development of their adopted country Initially, Frederick agreed not to try to introduce Protestantism to Norway but in 1529 he changed his mind. A history of the Norwegians of Illinois; a concise record of the struggles and achievements of the early settlers together with a narrative of what is now being done by the Norwegian-Americans of Illinois in the development of their adopted country .. by Strand, A. E. (Algot E.), comp. [140] A network of regional airports were built in Western and Northern Norway in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Half the Norwegian fleet was sunk and 2,000 seamen were killed by the German Atlantic U-boat Campaign. Norwegian immigrants begin to establish pioneer communities across southern Wisconsin, following the general westward movement of the population. Norway - Norway - Health and welfare: Compulsory membership in a national health-insurance system guarantees all Norwegians free medical care in hospitals, compensation for doctors’ fees, and free medicine, as well as an allowance to compensate for lost wages. Many Norwegians emigrated to the U.S. between the 1850s and the 1920s. The jazz scene in Norway is also thriving. The jokes worked to educate Norwegians about the occupation, and encourage a sense of solidarity. An act approved in 2016 created the Church of Norway as an independent legal entity, effective from 1 January 2017. Canadian citizenship, as a status distinct from that of a British subject, was created on 1 January 1947, with Canada being the first Commonwealth country to create their own citizenship. Unemployment peaked at ten percent between 1931 and 1933. [89] Norwegian support of the union decreased towards the end of the 1890s, especially following the 1897 Swedish abolition of the free trade agreement and the lack of a Norwegian foreign minister. The first Norwegians in North America arrived in Newfoundland with Leif Erikson around 1000 AD. [103] Although strong during the 1920s, they were marginalized through the 1930s. [99] Although industrial production increased by eighty percent from 1915 to 1939, the number of jobs remained stable. The book can be ordered by sending him an email: [email protected] [95], Norway adopted a policy of neutrality from 1905; during World War I the Norwegian merchant marine was largely used in support of the British, resulting in Norway being classified as The Neutral Ally. The Great Migration of Norwegians to America began as a trickle in 1825 when 52 Norwegians braved the tempestuous voyage across the Atlantic aboard the little sloop Restoration. F. Luca, F. Di Giacomo, T. Benincasa et al., "Y-Chromosomal Variation in the Czech Republic," American Journal of Physical Anthropology 132:132–139 (2007). They were also involved in the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999.[164]. Norwegian or Norse Vikings[25] travelled north and west and founded vibrant communities in the Faroe Islands, Shetland, Orkney, Iceland, Ireland, Scotland, and northern England. "The Independence of Norway", Myhre, Jan Eivind. The history of Norway has been influenced to an extraordinary degree by the terrain and the climate of the region. A short-lived Labor Government reigned in 1928,[104] but did not establish a sound parliamentary support until the 1935 Nygaardsvold's Cabinet, based on an alliance with the Agrarian Party. More than 1 million were to follow.The Great Migration from Norway in the 19th Century. Unlike the US, Canada was part of the British Empire and most Norwegians would have become Canadians and British subjects at the same time. In the mid-9th century, the largest chieftains of the petty kingdoms started a major power struggle. [133] Throughout the post-war period both fishing and agriculture became more mechanized, the agricultural subsidies rose to the third-highest in the world and the number of small-scale farms and fishermen fell dramatically. Norwegians immigrated to Canada in search of the Canadian Dream. When Frederick died and a three-way war of succession broke out between the supporters of his eldest son Christian (III), his younger Catholic brother Hans and the followers of Christian II. [87] The Labor Party had its first parliamentary members elected in 1903. Throughout the High Middle Ages the king established Norway as a sovereign state with a central administration and local representatives. Norwegians may have older connections to North America than any other non-Scandinavian country in Europe, but they did not begin emigrating in earnest until the second half of the nineteenth century, due to tensions brought on by economic shifts, … Jan Garbarek, Mari Boine, Arild Andersen, and Bugge Wesseltoft are internationally recognised while Paal Nilssen-Love, Supersilent, Jaga Jazzist and Wibutee are becoming world-class artists of the younger generation. In the autumn of 1845, Johan Reinert Reiersen established the first Norwegian colony in Texas. 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