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About us

HalvbrorenThe Norwegian Institute of Local history (NLI) is is an independent governmental institution under the Ministry of Culture. Its main purpose is to promote local and regional historical activity in Norway. This is chiefly realised through two measures. First of all by giving advice and guidance to authors of local history studies, and secondly by carrying out its own research projects of relevance for the discipline.

The Institute was founded in 1955, and became functional during the following year. NLI has a board of five members appointed by cultural institutions and organisations with special interest in the field of local history. There are five permanent positions at the Institute today.

NLI is responsible for the websites and NLI also publishes sources, handbooks, overviews of literature and sources, questioners, as well as other aids for local historians. In cooperation with the National Federation of Local History Associations (Landslaget for lokalhistorie), NLI publishes the magazine Lokalhistorisk magasin. NLI also organises seminars and conferences related to local history topics.

NLI's library and reading places are available to the public every weekday from 9 a.m. to 15 a.m., or according to special arrangements.


Postal Address: P.O. Box 8045 Dep., (NO-)0031 Oslo
Visiting Address: Observatoriegata 1 B, 0254 Oslo (map)
Telephone: +47 22 92 51 30
Fax: +47 22 92 51 31

Opening hours (included library)

08:00 - 15:45 (September 15th - 14th May)
08:00 - 15:00 (15 May - 14 September)