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Ole Vig

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Ole Vig
Born(1824-02-06)6 February 1824
Died19 December 1857(1857-12-19) (aged 33)
Occupation(s)teacher, poet, non-fiction writer, magazine editor
Known forearly proponent of universal public education

Ole Vig (6 February 1824 – 19 December 1857) was a Norwegian teacher, poet, non-fiction writer, magazine editor. He is remembered today primarily as an early proponent of universal public education. [1]


Vig grew up on a farm (Vikmarken under gården Vikan) near the village of Kvithammer in Nord-Trøndelag, Norway. He was the son of Ole Olsen Viganaasen and Marit Nielsdatter Walstad. He attended school in Klæbu and graduated in 1843. After graduation, Vig worked as a private tutor for the family of a parish priest in Åfjord (1843-1845). He subsequently held a teaching position in Kristiansund.[2]

From 1851-1857, he served as editor of the magazine Folkevennen, which was published between the years 1852-1900 by the Norwegian literary society, Selskabet for folkeoplysningens fremme.[3] He also published the poetry collection Norske Bondeblomster in 1851, and the history book Norges historie indtil Harald Haarfagre in 1857.[4][5] His poem and national hymn (Blandt alle Lande) was published in Salmer og Sange til Brug ved Skolelærer-Møde from 1854.[6]

Vig suffered from the effects of tuberculosis. He died at age 34 just before Christmas 1857. He was buried Christmas Eve at Vår Frelsers gravlund in Oslo.[7]

Ole Vig-prisen[edit]

Since 1979, the Ole Vig Prize (Ole Vig-prisen) has been awarded annually to the Norwegian youth between the ages of 20 and 35 years who has made an outstandingly cultural effort in the spirit of Ole Vig.[8]

Ole Vig's gravemarker at Vår Frelsers gravlund in Oslo

Selected works[edit]

  • Norske Bondeblomster (1851)
  • Liv i Norge (1851)
  • Sange og Rim for det norske Folk (1854)
  • Norges historie indtil Harald Haarfager (1857)


  1. ^ "Ole Vig". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  2. ^ Svein Askheim. "Kvithammer". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Selskabet for folkeoplysningens fremme". Salmonsens konversationsleksikon. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  4. ^ Aarnes, Sigurd Aa. "Ole Vig". In Helle, Knut (ed.). Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Norske bondeblomster : Poetiske forsøg af O.Vig". Stjørdal bibliotek. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Blant Alle Lande (Ole Vig)". Fedrelandsanger. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Ole Vigs veg". levanger.kommune.no. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Ole Vig-prisen". Stjørdal Kommune. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2016.

Related reading[edit]

  • Eskeland, Lars (1915) Ole Vig (Bergen, Norway: Bokreidar Lunde & Co.)
  • Høverstad, Torstein Bugge (1953) Ole Vig; ein norrøn uppsedar (Hamar, Norway; Forlag Norrøn Livskunst)