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3 April 2016
Gravesite of Sonja Henie, Høvikodden, Bærum, Norway
The Norwegian figure skater and film star Sonja Henie (1912–1969) is together with her husband, shipowner and art collector, Niels Onstad (1909–1978), buried at a small hill top overlooking the Henie Onstad Art Museum at Høvikodden in Bærum outside Oslo. The couple donated its art collection and money to the keeping of a museum to a foundation established in 1961, while Bærum municipality provided the property where the museum is located. The museum was opened in 1968.
From the gravesite the museum's main entrance can be viewed.
The gravestone «is hiding» behind the wilderness at the small hill in the background. There is no sign telling how to find the private gravesite.
This blog is written by Dag T. Hoelseth, a Norwegian historian specialising in royal history.
I have a Cand.philol. degree in history from the University of Oslo and graduated in 1997 with the dissertation Det nasjonale kongedømme. Det norske monarkiet 1905-1910, which dealt with the royal election in Norway 1905 and how the new dynasty "became Norwegian".
I am the author of Historisk utredning om Kongehuset, dets apanasjer og disponible statseiendommer, which was published on behalf of the Palace Committee in 2001. The report focused among others on the history of the Norwegian civil list from 1905 to the 1970s as well as the properties the king of Norway has to his disposal.
I have made contributions to several antologies and also written articles for various publications. More often I have operated "behind the scene", consulting newspapers etc. with background information.
Among my other interests are genealogy, Norwegian-American emigration history, US presidential history, traveling, football and ice hockey.