The culture of Norway is closely linked to the country’s history and geography. There’s a unique Norwegian farm culture, sustained to this day.

In the 19th century, Norwegian culture blossomed as efforts continued to achieve an independent identity in the areas of literature, art and music. This continues today in the performing arts and as a result of government support for exhibitions, cultural projects and artwork.

Not until fairly recently has the Norwegian cinema received international recognition, but as early as 1951, a documentary film of the Kon-Tiki expedition won an Oscar Academy Award.

Cultural heavyweights such as Edvard Munch and Henrik Ibsen are still widely regarded as influential figures in the history of art and literature. Today, Norway is still a major exporter of culture – and the world’s biggest exporter of black metal music. Another global hit in recent years has been the so-called Nordic noir literary genre, led by authors Jo Nesbø and Karin Fossum, among others.