Read old Norwegian newspapers

Here is a Source for old Norwegian newspapers.

I have on a number of previous occasions mentioned the Norwegian National Library’s online collection. This collection is, due to copyright issues, for the most part only accessible for Norwegian IP addresses. It seems however as if the newspaper collection is accessible from abroad. I have several friends that have accessed it from outside Norway.

The newspaper collection contains, at the time of this writing, 1,6 million volumes.

The oldest newspaper available seems to be “Norske Intellingens sedler” published in the 1760’s. an increase in the number of newspapers is seen from about 1850, while the large volume starts about the year 1900.

Most of the newspapers are in Norwegian. In addition, the oldest ones are printed with Gothic type fonts.

In the coulmn to the right on the opening page, you can search for

  • the name of the newspaper: “Avisnavn”
  • the place of Publishing: “Utgivelsessted”

Or you can search by county.

You can limit the search by timeframe

Fra dato → from date

Til dato → to date
















Among the newspapers available in the Norwegian National Library is Nordisk Tidende that from 1891 to 1983 was published in Brooklyn, New york

This newspaper was also for the most part printed in Norwegian. It does mentione events, big and small that took place among the Norwegians in the US. It also brought News from the old country.

You can Access the newspapers here



3 thoughts on “Read old Norwegian newspapers

  • April 24, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    The Norwegian National Library has many books – filke histories and local histories – digitized for and available to Norwegian IP addresses. This is their Bokhylla collection

    But what a lot of people don’t know is that they will give Americans a 6 month access window for special projects related to genealogy or history. You can send an email request with what you are working on and whether and how you intend to publish the results and get access for 6 months to everything they have digitized. I’ve used this for creating Sons of Norway lectures and to accessing specific filke histories for my own genealogy – which is published.

    Form the page
    “Access to is an online service giving users with Norwegian IP addresses access to every book published in Norway up
    until 2000. In accordance with the agreement with Kopinor, upon which the service is based, users without Norwegian IP
    addresses can apply for access for specific purposes, primarily research, education and professional translation. Access
    is normally granted for a period of six months, with the possibility of an extension.
    The application form can be found here . Completed and signed forms should be sent to”

    Application form at


  • April 25, 2018 at 1:25 am

    Thank you, I really needed this. Suzi Waag Smith


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