Cultural History Encyclopedia


  • Memorial at Rugsund church for war victims in the Second World War

    The 19-year-old Johan Friis from Rugsund died in the first Norwegian shipwreck after the Second World War broke out in 1939. In 1994, the Rugsund "sokn" (sub-parish) erected a memorial stone dedicated to him and the three others from the "sokn" who lost their lives due to war actions. The stone stands at the Rugsund church.

  • Oldra - big arms depot in rock cave

    During the Second World War, there was on the island of Oldra a depot with large quantities of weapons and other war materials. The depot was disclosed by a letter which came into German hands. The letter was written to the well-known resistance member and Communist Peder Furubotn. Because of this, the resistance member Schrøder Evensen was arrested, and tortured to point out the depot. He was later able to jump overboard from a Gestapo vessel and drowned in the night of 7 to 8 September, 1944. In this way he probably saved the lives of many resistance people.

  • The farm of Ytre Moa – farming and the use of resources

    The means of subsistence at Ytre Moa were based on the same natural resources that people have used until fairly recent times; the soil, the forest and the mountain areas. The house sites, the stonewalls and burial finds, coupled with the finds of objects and artefacts all bear witness to a varied use of the natural resources. The farm was deserted in the 10th century, probably because of lack of water. The area has never been cultivated since then, and the old farming complex from the Viking Age is consequently practically untouched. This has given us much new and surprising knowledge of the Viking Age in Norway.

  • 1905 - The municipality of Førde

    In 1905 Norway became a free and independent state. The union with Sweden was dissolved by resolution of the Norwegian Storting (Parliament) on 6 June. This article is about the time around 1905 in the municipality of Førde.

  • The mountain farms at Lidal

    The isolated farm of Lidal is situated down towards the sea on the east side of the Fjærlandsfjord. A narrow and steep valley leads up to the more open north-south valley of Breisetedalen. Previously there were five farms which had had mountain farms from days of old. 1965 was the last year there was any activity at Røysete, the main mountain farm, also known as "heimestølen" (the home mountain farm). Bjørg Lidal Skeide was one of the last milkmaids.

  • The Måløy Bridge - Norway's longest bridge in 1974

    The Måløy Bridge was officially opened for traffic in the summer of 1974. The bridge project was realized by means of a strong local involvement and interest. The driving forces behind the project worked enthusiastically for more than ten years to ensure the financing. The bridge project can be said to be a unique case of co-operation between local politicians and the Public Roads Administration. The bridge was one of the first toll road projects in the county.

  • Batalden "bedehus" chapel

    Batalden "bedehus" chapel is an extended "bedehus" built in wood on the island of Fanøya in the municipality of Flora. The "bedehus" chapel, which has a seating capacity of 100, was consecrated for church functions on 26 February, 1911. The house was built in 1907, and "Gjertsen & Co." was in charge of the construction work. Batalden chapel district is a part of Kinn "sokn" in the parish of Kinn.

  • Sloops in the Sognefjord trade

    From times immemorial, the people from Solund have bartered and sold their produce in Bergen and in communities along the Sognefjord. The cargo vessels they used were smaller and easier to navigate than the heavy vessels from Nordland and Møre which could be seen in shipping lanes. They were rigged with white square sails, home made of flax or hemp.

  • The memorial at Ospa - the MTB 345 tragedy

    On Monday 28 July, 2003 a memorial of a wartime occurrence was unveiled in Solund. It was sixty years to a day after the seizure of the Norwegian motor torpedo boat MTB 345 and the execution of the crew in Bergen a short time later. Member of the Storting (Parliament) and leader of the defence committee, Marit Nybakk, gave the unveiling speech.

  • Memorial stone for soldier Halvard Trædal

    Halvard Benjamin Trædal from Indre Oppedal lost his life in action in Valdres on 26 April 1940. He was first buried in Valdres, but his remains were moved home the same autumn. "Oppedal Ungdomslag" immediately took the initiative to raise a memorial stone on his grave, and in the spring of 1941, the stone was unveiled.

  • Memorial for those who died in the war at the marketplace in Måløy

    In the former municipality of Sør-Vågsøy, 17 men and women died in wartime actions during the Second World War. 16 of these lost their lives due to war actions at sea, whereas one died in a German prison camp. On 17 May 1946, a memorial stone was unveiled at the marketplace in Måløy.

  • Minnestein over Bolette Pavels Larsen

    Memorial stones commemorating Bolette Pavels Larsen

    The Bergen author Bolette Christine Pavels Larsen died on 8 December, 1904. Mrs Pavels Larsen was born in Sogndal, lived in Bergen, and over a long period came every summer on visits to Fjærland. In the course of two years, two memorial stones were raised; one in 1905 on her grave in Bergen, the other in Fjærland two years later.

  • Memorial stone for Ola Espedal

    People in the county of Sogn og Fjordane have honoured at least seven persons with memorial stones for their achievements in song and music. Two memorial stones are located in the churchyard at Holmedal, - one on the grave of the teacher and parish clerk Ola Espedal, the other on the grave of Sigurd Fossen.

  • Memorial stone for allied airmen at Moldøen (1)

    On 24 April 1945, 49 allied planes attacked war targets at Måløy. One plane was shot down and one crashed before it reached its target. Four airmen lost their lives. In the summer of 2000, a memorial stone was unveiled to commemorate them. Leif Åge Larsen was one of the persons who took the initiative to raise this monument.

  • Memorial stone for fallen soldiers - from Værlandet and Bulandet

    In the churchyard at Værlandet there is a memorial stone for fallen soldiers from Værlandet and Bulandet. The stone stands on the grave of one of them, Bernt Myrvåg. He fell in the battles at Walcheren in the Netherlands.