Evensen was a lawyer, politician, trade minister and international offshore rights
expert. He pursued a career in law, but decided to continue his education
in the United States. During his time at Harvard University, he got to know
several people in the oil business. interest in oil eventually led to his
role in developing legal claims to the Norwegian continental shelf
and its natural resources in the 1970s. This helped spawn lucrative
oil industry. Evensen was also active in the against nuclear weapons and
he supported environmental protection. In 1985, he became a judge at the
International Court in The Hague, a seat of government in the Netherlands.
who led the
1961 to 1973.
The theologian was the female
priest in Norway.
Annie Skau Berntsen
As a famous missionary and nurse,
she devoted her life to relief work in
Asia. In 1975, Time magazine named
her as one of the
The Kongsberg native was the only
skier to win both a jumping and
downhill event in the same Olympics
Laila Schou Nilsen
In 1935 at the age of 15, she set a
world record in speed skating. At the
age of 16, she competed in the 1936
Olympics as an Alpine skier.
The comedian, actor and writer had
Norway laughing throughout the
height of his career in the 1960s.
VIKING MONTH 2015
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Waitz was an accomplished athlete, a champion of public health and an
inspiration to runners around the world, particularly women. She won
the New York Marathon four times, setting a world record during her
appearance in 1978. She also won the London Marathon twice, the
Stockholm Marathon once and the World Championship Marathon in
1983. Waitz was also an Olympian who took home a silver medal in
the marathon during the 1984 games. But her achievements go beyond
athletics. She started her own foundation in 2007, sponsoring runners in
major races and supporting cancer hospitals and patient centers. Sadly,
Waitz herself died of cancer at the age of 57.