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paper clipJohan Vaaler secured his patent rights in Germany in 1899. He was granted an American patent in 1901 with his many different designs. The document makes you wonder how anyone could possibly come up with something else and still call it a paper clip as the description of the "paperclip or holder" in the document of the clip he got patented is that:

It consists of forming same of a spring material, such as a piece of wire, that is bent to a rectangular, triangular, or otherwise shaped hoop, the end parts of which wire piece form members or tongues lying side by side in contrary directions.


brunost "Brunost" is made by boiling a mixture of milk, cream and whey for several hours. The heat turns the milk sugar into caramel which gives the cheese its characteristic taste and color. A very traditional brown cheese on top. The cheese slicer is a norwegian creation invented by Thor Bjørklund in 1925.


Here is some on famous names in Norway. Have you hear or seen something they have done?

A-ha was a pop band formed in Oslo in 1982. Billboard album chart, yielded two international number-one singles, "Take on Me" and "The Sun Always Shines on T.V.", and earned the band a Grammy Award nomination as Best New Artist.

Madcon is a dance/hip hop duo formed in 1992 by Yosef Wolde-Mariam and Tshawe Baqwa. Madcon published a cover version of a 1967 Four Seasons Song "Beggin", earning the group several no 1 chart positions in Europe, and a global position no 2 on the European Billboard Hot 100 chart.

StarGate is a record producing and songwriting team, composed of Tor Erik Hermansen from Askim and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, from Trondheim but based in New York City.

Ray Kay is a is a music video & commercial director from Haugesund. Ray Kay is one of the hottest music video directors working today.

Harald Zwart is a film director born in the Netherlands, and raised in Fredrikstad. Harald Zwart has directed music videos for the Norwegian band a-ha, for the songs Velvet and Forever Not Yours.

Snøhettta is a award winning Interior and Architrctural firm. Snøhettta is often associated with projects outside of it´s home in Oslo.

Two local clothing designers from Stryn, Simen Staalnacke and Peder Børresen, gave birth to a clothing concept Moods of Norway.

Magnus Carlsen is a chess Grandmaster and chess prodigy who is currently the number-one ranked player in the world from Tønsberg. In January 2010 he became the seventh player in history to be ranked number one in the world on the official FIDE rating list.

Magnus Voll Mathiassen (MVM) from Drammen is an independent graphic designer and illustrator, was picked out by Rihanna and used on the artist 7th release, "Unapologetic".

Edvard Munch

Henrik Ibsen

Edvard Grieg

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
(Nobel Prize for Literature)

Gustav Vigeland

Henrik Wergeland
(National Poet)

Camilla Colett

Knute Rockne
(American Football)

Leiv Eiriksson

Fridtjof Nansen
Nobel Peace Prize

Roald Amundsen

Thor Heyerdahl

Herman Wildenvey

Jonas Lie

Johan Falkberget

Nikolai Astrup

Alexander L. Kielland

Oskar Braaten

Jan Stenerud
(American Football)

Marilyn Monroe

Sigrid Undset
(Nobel Prize for Literature)

Knut Hamsun
(Nobel Prize for Literature)

Ole Bull

Kirsten Flagstad

Jakob Weidemann

Bjarne Melgaard

Karsten Solheim

Theodor Kittelsen
(Troll Magic painter)

Peder Balke

Lars Hertervig

Christian Skredsvig

Frits Thaulow

Erik Werenskiold

Anders M. Askevold

Sonja Henie
(Ice Queen)

Matt Groening

Conrad Hilton
(Hilton Hotel Chain)

Stein Eriksen
(Alpine Skiier)

Liv Ullmann

Jørgen Moe

Peter Asbjørnsen

I. C. Dahl

Adolph Tidemand

Hans F. Gude

Thomas Fearnley

Triztán Vindtorn

Hariton Pushwagner
(Pop Art Painter)