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List of possessions of Norway

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List of possessions of Norway


  • Current possessions 1
  • Former dependencies 2
    • In the British Isles 2.1
    • Borderlands ceded to Sweden 2.2
    • Dependencies ceded to Denmark 2.3
    • Contested overseas possessions in the Arctic region 2.4
  • See also 3

Current possessions

Integral overseas areas of Norway, although unincorporated:

These areas are grouped for some categorization purposes as Svalbard and Jan Mayen.

Current dependencies of Norway are all in the southern polar region:

Former dependencies

The Kingdom of Norway at its greatest extent, c. 1265

In the British Isles

See also: Norse-Gael kingdoms

Borderlands ceded to Sweden

Dependencies ceded to Denmark

The actual time for the ceding of the islands is somewhat disputed. Denmark claims it took place with the Union of Denmark and Norway in 1536, as the possessions of the Norwegian crown were claimed by the Danish king. Nevertheless, they were still referred to as "dependencies of Norway" in later official documents. Also the Treaty of Kiel states: "...and provinces, constituting the kingdom of Norway, [..], together with their dependencies (Greenland, the Faroe Isles, and Iceland, excepted); [...] shall belong in full and sovereign property to the King of Sweden,...", clearly indicating that they were until then regarded as a part of Norway.

Contested overseas possessions in the Arctic region

See also

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