Yngvar Nielsen

Yngvar Nielsen ( born July 29, 1843 in Arendal, † March 2, 1916 in Christiania ) was a Norwegian historian, ethnographer, geographer and politician.

Nielsen worked from 1869 to 1878 at the National Archives and the Library Deichmansken in Christiania. In 1877 he was curator of the Ethnographic Museum of the University and remained there until his death in this responsibility. In 1880, he became the Dr. phil. doctorate and appointed in 1890 to set up for him, Professor of Geography and Ethnography at the University of Oslo. 1903, the professorship was converted to a professorship in Ethographie, which held Nielsen until his death.

Nielsen wrote travel books about Norway and Scandinavia, some of which also appeared in German (for example:. Norway: a practical handbook for travelers Hamburg 1875). But his main interest was in history. He belonged to the circle around the Historisk Tidsskrift and raised together with Michael Birkeland, Torkel Halvorsen Aschehoug and Ludvig Ludvigsen Daae the positive sides of the Danish-Norwegian union out. From 1903 to 1912 he served as chairman of Norske Historiske Forening also editor of the magazine. As a representative of Scandinavianism he campaigned for a strengthening of the union with Sweden and was an advisor to the Swedish-Norwegian King Oscar II

In the constitutional struggle of the 1880s, Nielsen began for Høyre, in their party executive he sat until 1898 and for which he unsuccessfully ran several times for the Storting.

Nielsen was from 1875 a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and in 1897 the Kongelige Norske Videnskabers Selskab. Even the Royal Society of Sciences in Uppsala, he belonged to. In 1894 he was admitted as a Knight 1st Class in the Order of St. Olav and in 1911 became commander. He was also winner of several foreign decorations, including the Swedish Order of the North Star.

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