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Fascinating Historical Photos of Norway in the 1940s

At the outbreak of World War II, Norway declared itself neutral. However, the German forces invaded the country on April 9, 1940, and occupied major cities of Norway, including Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, and Narvik. The German troops in Norway surrendered at the end of the war without resistance. However, the Germans destroyed and burned much of Finnmark and northern Troms during their retreat from Finland late in 1944 and early in 1945. During the summer of 1945, Soviet troops withdrew from eastern Finnmark.

A coalition government led by Einar Gerhardsen was formed after the liberation in 1945. A purely Labour government was formed following the autumn 1945 general election, which gave the DNA a decisive majority. DNA ruled almost continuously from 1945 to 1965.

After the war, Norway quickly repaired the damage left by the war. The merchant fleet had reached its pre-war size by 1949, and industrial production and housing numbers were higher than they were in the 1930s. Norway experienced fast economic growth and full or near-full employment until the 1980s.

Below are some stunning historical photos of Norway in the 1940s that will take you back to the old Norway. Also, check the life of Norway in the 1950s.

#1 Harbor, Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

Harbor, Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

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#2 Apartments in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

Apartments in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

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#3 Apartments-B- Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

Apartments-B- Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

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#4 Consulate of El Salvador- Anno 1710- Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

Consulate of El Salvador- Anno 1710- Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

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#5 Frogner Park in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

Frogner Park in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

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#6 Frogner Park-B- Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

Frogner Park-B- Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

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#7 Frognerseteren Lodge in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

Frognerseteren Lodge in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

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#8 Harbor in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

Harbor in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

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#9 Harbor-C- Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

Harbor-C- Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

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#10 Harbor-D- Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

Harbor-D- Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

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#11 Holmenkollen Ski Jump in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

Holmenkollen Ski Jump in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

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#12 King Arrives in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

King Arrives in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

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#13 Oslo from Frognerseteren, Norway, 1940s.

Oslo from Frognerseteren, Norway, 1940s.

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#14 Palace in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

Palace in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

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#15 Palace in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

Palace in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

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#16 Pariliament Closing Ceremonies in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

Pariliament Closing Ceremonies in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

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#17 Pariliament Closing Ceremonies in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

Pariliament Closing Ceremonies in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

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#18 Pariliament Closing Ceremonies in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

Pariliament Closing Ceremonies in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

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#19 Pariliament Closing Ceremonies in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

Pariliament Closing Ceremonies in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

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#20 Pariliament Closing Ceremonies in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

Pariliament Closing Ceremonies in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

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#21 Pariliament Closing Ceremonies in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

Pariliament Closing Ceremonies in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

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#22 Pariliament Closing Ceremonies in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

Pariliament Closing Ceremonies in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

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#23 Parliament, Oslo, Norwa, 1940s.

Parliament, Oslo, Norwa, 1940s.

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#24 Quislings Home in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

Quislings Home in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

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#25 Railway Station in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

Railway Station in Oslo, Norway, 1940s.

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#26 Skansen Restaurant in Oslo, Norway, 1940s

Skansen Restaurant in Oslo, Norway, 1940s

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#27 Balestrand, Norway, 1940s.

Balestrand, Norway, 1940s.

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#28 Hotel in Balestrand, Norway, 1940s.

Hotel in Balestrand, Norway, 1940s.

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#29 Glacierview in Balestrand, Norway, 1940s.

Glacierview in Balestrand, Norway, 1940s.

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#30 Haying in Balestrand, Norway, 1940s.

Haying in Balestrand, Norway, 1940s.

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#31 Haying in Balestrand, Norway, 1940s.

Haying in Balestrand, Norway, 1940s.

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#32 Balestrand, Norway, 1940s.

Balestrand, Norway, 1940s.

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#33 Balestrand, Norway, 1940s.

Balestrand, Norway, 1940s.

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#34 Balestrand, Norway, 1940s.

Balestrand, Norway, 1940s.

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#35 Balestrand, Norway, 1940s.

Balestrand, Norway, 1940s.

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#36 English Church in Balestrand, Norway, 1940s.

English Church in Balestrand, Norway, 1940s.

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#37 Hans Dahl Home in Balestrand, Norway, 1940s.

Hans Dahl Home in Balestrand, Norway, 1940s.

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#38 Kuikne Hotel, Balholm, Norway, 1940s.

Kuikne Hotel, Balholm, Norway, 1940s.

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#39 Sognefjord in Norway, 1940s.

Sognefjord in Norway, 1940s.

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#40 Sognefjord- Balestrand-B, Norway, 1940s.

Sognefjord- Balestrand-B, Norway, 1940s.

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#41 Sognefjord, Norway, 1940s.

Sognefjord, Norway, 1940s.

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#42 Sognefjord, Norway, 1940s.

Sognefjord, Norway, 1940s.

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#43 Sognefjord, Norway, 1940s.

Sognefjord, Norway, 1940s.

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#44 Sognefjord, Norway, 1940s.

Sognefjord, Norway, 1940s.

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#45 Two Steamers Tied Up for Transfer, Sognefjord, Norway, 1940s.

Two Steamers Tied Up for Transfer, Sognefjord, Norway, 1940s.

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#46 Sognefjord, Norway, 1940s.

Sognefjord, Norway, 1940s.

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#47 Thue Family in Balestrand- Norway, 1940s.

Thue Family in Balestrand- Norway, 1940s.

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#48 Country, Voss to Granvin, Norway, 1940s.

Country, Voss to Granvin, Norway, 1940s.

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#49 Country- Voss to Granvin, Norway, 1940s.

Country- Voss to Granvin, Norway, 1940s.

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#50 Electric Train- Voss to Granvin, Norway, 1940s.

Electric Train- Voss to Granvin, Norway, 1940s.

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#51 Folgefonn at Kvandal on Hardangerfjord, Norway, 1940s.

Folgefonn at Kvandal on Hardangerfjord, Norway, 1940s.

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#52 Granvin at Head of Fjord- Hardangefjod, Norway, 1940s.

Granvin at Head of Fjord- Hardangefjod, Norway, 1940s.

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#53 1909 Bridge in Norheimsund, Norway, 1940s.

1909 Bridge in Norheimsund, Norway, 1940s.

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#54 Norheimsund- from across water, Norway, 1940s.

Norheimsund- from across water, Norway, 1940s.

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#55 Norheimsund in Norway, 1940s.

Norheimsund in Norway, 1940s.

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#56 River Near Voss, Norway, 1940s.

River Near Voss, Norway, 1940s.

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#57 Road to Stalheim- B-Norway, 1940s.

Road to Stalheim- B-Norway, 1940s.

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#58 Road to Stalheim- Norway

Road to Stalheim- Norway

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#59 Road to Stalheim-B, Norway, 1940s.

Road to Stalheim-B, Norway, 1940s.

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#60 Tokagtel Gorge and Falls- Norheimsund, Norway, 1940s.

Tokagtel Gorge and Falls- Norheimsund, Norway, 1940s.

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#61 Tunnel Between Voss and Granvin, Norway, 1940s.

Tunnel Between Voss and Granvin, Norway, 1940s.

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