National Archives Bicentenary

Norway – In Norway, the King’s residence is normally just called “the Palace”. The architect was H. D. F. Linstow and the foundation was laid in 1825. However, it was not until November 1905, after King Haakon VII, Queen Maud andRead More

150th Anniversary of the Tune Viking Ship Finds

Norway – 150 years have passed since the first Viking ship was excavated in Norway. Archaeologist Oluf Rygh excavated the Tune ship in only 14 days from the ship burial mound in Tune. Archaeologist Even Ballangrud Andersen describes the ship: “TheRead More

Royal Couple’s 80th Birthdays

Norway – Both King Harald V and Queen Sonja turn 80 this year. Crown Prince Harald was born on 21 February 1937 – the first time in 567 years that an heir was born in Norway. A little over a monthRead More

Tråante 2017

Norway – With the Southern Sami name for Trondheim, on February 6 the Sami people celebrate 100 years since the Sami held their first national congress in Tråante – Trondheim.  The congress was an important event in Sami history. It gatheredRead More


Norway –  The two birds of prey which mark the beginning of the Norwegian stamp year are 2017 two small but super-fast Gyrfalcons that spread anxiety and fear among our small birds. Merlin (Falco columbarius): There are between 2,000 andRead More