Location/Culture Reports

Culture Report – Norway

The history of the arts includes many Norwegians. The father of modern drama, Henrik Ibsen, wrote many plays including A Doll’s House, Ghosts, and Hedda Gabler. Three Norwegian writers—Bjornstjerne Bjornson, Knut Hamsun, and Sigrid Undset—have won the Nobel Prize in literature. The painter Edvard Munch was a strong influence on the Expressionist art style of the early 1900s. His best known work, the Scream, used to be on display at the Munch Museum but was recently stolen. Other famous Norwegians include Gustav Vigeland, perhaps Norway's greatest sculptor, and Edvard Grieg, whose famous works include Peer Gynt.

Some books about Norway include Mountain Hiking in Norway by Erling Welle-Strand; Summer Light: A Walk Across Norway by Andrew Stevenson; Mysteries by Knut Hamsun; The Viking World by James Graham; Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset; The Vinland Sagas: The Norse Discovery of America by Magnusson/Palsson; and A Brief History of Norway by John Midgaard.

Two movies with one of M. Darcy’s favorite actors, Antony Sher, have been filmed in Norway -- Erik the Viking, and Superman 2. Some non-Sher movies also filmed in Norway include Spies Like Us, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Witches.