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The World Heritage Committee has so far approved seven Norwegian nominations to the World Heritage List.

Urnes stave church. Photo: Håkon Christie / Directorate for Cultural Heritage

Norwegian nominations to the World Heritage List:


The World Heritage Convention

The convention for the protection of the worlds cultural and natural heritage was approved in 1972, after cultural heritage and natural heritage areas were increasingly under threat from war, natural disasters, pollution, tourism or more simply, neglect.

The convention encourages all countries to promote the protection of cultural and natural heritage of both local and national significance. The most important goal of the convention is to identify cultural and natural heritage of universal value. Norway ratified the World Heritage Convention in 1977.

The need for a coordinated effort, both human and economic, was demonstrated by the international rescue of cultural heritage monuments in Egypt and Nubia, when the Aswan dam was built in the 1960’s. Sixty countries, including Norway, participated.

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  • Contact information

    Directorate for Cultural Heritage

    Dronningensgate 13
    Pb. 8196 Dep.
    0034 Oslo
    Phone: + 00 47 22940400
    Fax: 22940404

    E-mail: postmottak@ra.no

World Heritage List

The World Heritage List includes properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value.

Go to World Heritage List

Tentative List

A Tentative List is an inventory of those properties which each State Party intends to consider for nomination during the following years. Norway has six properties on the Tentative List.

Go to the Norwegian Tentative List