Religion: Norway's 9th Centenary

This year is the 1900th anniversary of the Christian Church (TIME, June 16), the 400th anniversary of the Augsburg Confession. Last week began at Trondhjem celebrations marking the 900th anniversary of Christianity's acceptance in Norway.

Forcibly Christianized were the big blond Norwegian Vikings. Russian-reared Olaf Tryggvessön (969-1000) sailed into Norway, overthrew its ruler, made himself King. Then he began the country's conversion to the religion which he himself had not long held. In 1015 Olaf ("The Fat") Haraldsson (995-1030) similarly obtained dominion, made all Norwegians Christians,...

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