Norwegian history timeline | from the ice ages until today

Human history - in what today is Norway - began some 12,000 years ago, after the ice ages. The historians divide the timeline into 14 sub-periods.
How Norway emerged after the latest ice age. From the Geiranger fjord. | © saiko3p - stock.adobe.com.

Image: How Norway emerged after the latest ice age. From the Geiranger fjord. | © saiko3p – stock.adobe.com.

The beginning of time

With its demanding topography and climate, the Norwegian landscape is a gem on the surface of the planet. It was shaped by the ice and the water of the ice ages.

As far as we know today, humans first appeared in the Norwegian landscape after the last ice age, some 12,000 years ago. They were hunters, fishers, and gatherers. In Norwegian folklore and tales, this is what is referred to as the beginning of time.

The Norwegian history timeline

01. The latest ice age
115,000 BC – 10,000 BC

02. The Stone age
10,000 BC – 1800 BC

03. The Bronze age
1800 BC – 500 BC

04. The Iron age
500 BC – AD 1050

05. The High middle ages
AD 1050 – AD1350

06. The Late middle ages
AD 1350 – AD 1537

07. The Early modern period
AD 1537 – AD 1814

08. Norway becomes a sovereign state
AD 1814

09. Norway in a union with Sweden
AD 1814 – AD 1905

10. Full independence at last
AD 1905

11. Prosperity, war and depression
AD 1905 – AD 1940

12. World War 2 and occupation
AD 1940 – AD 1945

13. The post World War 2 era
AD 1945 – AD 1970

14. Transformation and neoliberalism
AD 1970 – AD 1990

15. Technology and globalisation
AD 1990 – today

Category: History

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