On this day: Wounded soldiers in Norway.

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27th December 1941: Wounded soldiers are transferred onto a landing craft in Vaagso (the island of Vågsøy), Norway. The country was under Nazi occupation at the time.

The photograph was taken during the one-day Operation Archery, a combined British and Norwegian raid against German forces that resulted in an Allied victory over the Nazis.

The Norwegian commander of the raid, Martin Linge, was killed in action during the operation.

Wartime Christmas

Jul_på_sykesal_-_Christmas_at_the_hospital_(6105323889)Christmas at the Norwegian hospital in London during WWII. Second World War Two. Black and White. Vintage. 1940s.


This image, from the National Archives of Norway, shows a Norwegian hospital at Christmastime during the Second World War. Neutral Norway was invaded and occupied by the Nazis on the 9th of April, 1940, and was not liberated until 1945.

On this day: Women’s Suffrage in Norway.

Norwegian women, participating in a woman suffrage parade in New York, 1913. women's suffrage

Norwegian women participate in at a suffrage march in New York in 1913. X

Women in Norway earned the right to vote in stages, however a milestone was reached on the 14th of June, 1907, when middle class women were finally granted permission to vote in parliamentary elections.

While women’s suffrage came fairly early to Norway, by this point in time women in countries such as New Zealand and Australia had had full voting rights for several years.

At the parliamentary election in 1909, women of the bourgeoisie and middle class were entitled to vote for the first time.

Women vote in 1909.

The first Norwegian parliamentary election to include women was held in 1909.

It was not until 1913 that women’s voting rights equal to men’s were granted.

On this day: Norway’s new royals

Norway’s new royal family arrives in the capital, Christiania (now called Oslo) on the 25th of November, 1905.

The new king, Haakon VII, was a Danish prince who became ruler of Norway when the union with Sweden was dissolved that year.

Haakon ruled until his death in 1957, and is famous for his resistance against the long Nazi occupation during the Second World War.






On this day: the sinking of the SS Norge

SS Norge was a Danish passenger liner sailing from Copenhagen, Kristiania and Kristiansand to New York, mainly with emigrants, which sank off Rockall in 1904.

SS Norge in the late nineteenth century. X

On the 28th of June, 1904 Danish passenger liner SS Norge ran aground near Rockall in the North Atlantic Ocean and sank.

Rockall is an uninhabited granite islet within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the United Kingdom.

Over 635 people died, with the highest number of victims coming from Norway.

The liner sank twelve minutes after the accident, pulling many who had tried to jump to safety underwater with it, and drowning them.

Herman Wildenvey (20 July 1885 – 27 September 1959), born Herman Theodor Portaas, was one of the most prominent Norwegian poets of the twentieth century.

Herman Wildenvey

Those who survived were saved by British and German ships. One of the survivors was Norwegian poet Herman Wildenvey.

On this day: Ålesund burns in 1904

The Ålesund Fire happened in the Norwegian city of Ålesund on the 23rd of January, 1904.

The city centre was almost entirely destroyed, as most of the buildings were made of wood.

The only person known to die was an elderly lady who went back to her house for her bag.

Picture from the National Library of Norway

Ålesund after the major fire in 1904