The state of the nation: the Norwegian King’s annual addresses – a window on a shifting nationhood

This article by Sandra Feride Demiri and Katrine Fangen supplements the limited research on the monarchy by highlighting the symbolic and cultural value of Norway’s Royal House in nation-building.


To maintain his unifying and non-partisan role, the king must balance between conflicting perspectives on national identity. Our analysis of royal New Year’s speeches 1960–2014 examines the concepts of ‘Norwegianness’ conveyed, noting the increasing focus on diversity and a multicultural society.

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Published Jan. 4, 2019 10:33 AM - Last modified Jan. 4, 2019 10:33 AM