Throughout World War II, Crown Prince Olav was a
trusted advisor to his father, King Haakon VII. During that time,
Olav made major contributions to Norway both militarily and
diplomatically, and he formed close ties with the United States.
Olav became king in 1957 and carried on his motto
Alt for Norge (We give our all for Norway). He was dedicated
to his role as constitutional monarch. Olav maintained a busy
schedule with visits, travels and audiences.
He often traveled abroad to represent Norway, and he
addressed the United Nations General Assembly on
several occasions. He was known for his warmth,
and many Norwegians referred to him as the
Beyond his role in the monarchy,
Olav was an accomplished athlete.
He was a skilled ski jumper and won
an Olympic gold medal in
sailing in 1928.
VIKING FEBRUARY 2015
PHOTO BY (CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT): ARNE FLAATEN, THE ROYAL HOUSE OF NORWAY, A. NATIONAL LIBRARY OF NORWAY
He was most decorated war hero,
known for his prominent role in the Norwegian
resistance movement during World War II.
was a master of disguise who conducted
several successful sabotage missions against the
Germans. He slipped through checkpoints to
collect information about the enemy, prevented
trains carrying German reinforcements from
moving back to the front lines, and his team even
sunk the German transport ship Donau outside
in 1945. After the war, received
several honors for his heroic efforts, including the
British Distinguished Service Order and the U.S.
Medal of Freedom with Silver Palm. In retirement,
he spoke to young Norwegians about the war and
the ongoing need to for democratic values.