Department of special collections 
Language Collections

Name Research

The Language Collections houses several name collections, mainly place-names. The collections are used both for research and in the administration of the Norwegian Place-Name Act. Some collections have been digitized, but not all are available online as of yet. Below we present the most extensive collections and most important sources and applications.

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Norske stedsnavn | Norske stadnamn - a new portal for Norwegian place-names

The Language Collections have developed a website for displaying digitized datasets with place-names. The portal Norske stedsnavn | Norske Stadnamn is a platform for displaying all digitized data sets online in a single portal. This platform can handle place-names data sets regardless of size and scope. It is also possible to link to external place-name data through APIs.

The portal is a web-based service for use by everyone from name examiners, historians and geographers, to anyone interested in Norwegian town names - in the public domain for everyone.

The National Norwegian Place-Name Database

The national place-name database contains approximately 700,000 names in total from the national Norwegian Place-Name Archive Stedsnavnarkivet and Oppslagsarkivet. In addition, the database contains 3,700 original collection maps in the map archive, Kartarkivet.