World heritage

The UNESCO World Heritage List contains areas or objects which are an irreplaceable part of the world´s cultural or natural heritage. Norway has eight sites on the list.

World Heritage List

An international convention, The World Heritage Convention, was adopted in 1972. The aim is to give special protection to places that because of their universal value must be regarded as part of the world heritage for future generations and for the whole of humanity.

The World Heritage List includes areas or objects protected under the World Heritage Convention. Norway ratified the convention in 1977, and has seven sites on the list. In addition to these sites, four Norwegian points of measurements are part of the international site The Struve Geodetic Arc. 

Tentative list

The Tentative List is an inventory of those properties which each State Party intends to consider for nomination, i.e. properties which they consider to be cultural and/or natural heritage of outstanding universal value and therefore suitable for inscription on the World Heritage List.

Viking monuments and sites are included on Norway's Tentative List. Viewed as a whole these sites bear witness to the extent of Viking social and cultural development. We cooperate with other countries on the nomination of Viking monuments and sites.

Click on a name for more information on the different world heritage sites