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Hi, Im looking for information about the national anthem of Norway.
Who wrote the Norwegian national anthem (lyrics and music)?
When was the national anthem of Norway officially adopted?
Please add any valuable information like links to anthem's mp3, video, lyrics, free sheet music etc.
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The National anthem of Norway is "Ja, vi elsker dette landet" which means in English "Yes, We Love This Country".
Norway's anthem lyrics were written by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson and the music was written by Bjornstjerne BJORNSON/Rikard NORDRAAK.
Adopted 1864; In Addition To The National Anthem, "Kongesangen" (Song Of The King), Which Uses The Tune Of "God Save The Queen," Serves As The Royal Anthem.
 
National anthem of Norway free mp3 download
Press to download the mp3 file of Norway's National anthem - See link (file source: cia world factbook).
 
Listen to Norway national anthem on Youtube
 
Norwegian anthem lyrics (English translation)
Yes, we love this country
as it rises forth,
rugged, weathered, above the sea,
with the thousands of homes.
Love, love it and think
of our father and mother
and the saga night that sends
dreams to our earth.
And the saga night that sends,
dreams to our earth.
 
This country Harald united
with his army of heroes,
this country Håkon protected
whilst Øyvind sung;
upon the country Olav painted
with his blood the cross,
from its heights Sverre spoke
up against Rome.
 
Farmers their axes sharpened
wherever an army advanced,
Tordenskjold along the coastline thundered
so that we could see it back home.
Even women stood up and fought
as if they were men;
others could only cry
but that soon would end!
 
Sure, we were not many
but we were enough,
when we were tested sometimes,
and it was at stake;
we would rather burn our land
than to declare defeat;
just remember what happened
down at Fredrikshald!
 
Hard times we have coped with,
were at last disowned;
but in the worst distress, blue-eyed
freedom was to us born.
It gave (us) father's strength to carry
famine and war,
it gave death itself its honour -
and it gave reconciliation.
 
The enemy threw away his weapon,
up the visor went,
we, in wonder, to him hastened,
because he was our brother.
Driven forth to a stand by shame
we went to the south;
now we three brothers stand united,
and shall stand like that!
 
Norwegian man in house and cabin,
thank your great God!
The country he wanted to protect,
although things looked dark.
All the fights fathers have fought,
and the mothers have wept,
the Lord has quietly moved
so we won our rights.
 
Yes, we love this country
as it rises forth,
rugged, weathered, above the sea,
with those thousand homes.
And as the fathers' struggle has raised
it from need to victory,
even we, when it is demanded,
for its peace will encamp (for defence).
 
You can find more information about Norwegian anthem on Wikipedia - See link.
Sheet Music: View the Norwegian national anthem sheet music - See link.

 

Norway
Norwegian national symbol: lion.

Norway flag

Conventional short form country name: Norway.
Conventional long form country name: Kingdom of Norway.
Local short form country name: Norge.
Local long form country name: Kongeriket Norge.
 
Norway Government Type: constitutional monarchy.
 
Constitutional monarchy is a system of government in which a monarch is guided by a constitution whereby his/her rights, duties, and responsibilities are spelled out in written law or by custom. 
 
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