Norway
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Hinduism in Norway is today dominated by immigrants from Sri Lanka, Punjab, and Haryana who started arriving in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but the religion has a hundred-year-long history in Norway. It started with the arrival of the Indian guru Swami Sri Ananda Acharya (1881­–1945) from Bengal in 1914. Ananda Acharya arrived in the capital Kristiania (Oslo) in December that year and settled permanently in the mountain area of eastern Norway in 1917, where he lived until his death in 1945. He was probably the first Hindu saṃnyāsī and yogī to come to any of the Nordic countries an…

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Knut A. Jacobsen, “Norway”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 25 June 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_9000000200>
First published online: 2012



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