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Life and writing in Kristiania

Ibsen lived a total of 23 years in Kristiania (Oslo) - longer than he lived in any other place in the world.


Henrik Ibsen.
Photo: Edvard Larssen, 1860.


He lived in Kristiania from 1850 to 1851, from 1857 to 1864 and from 1891 to 1906. Ibsen also visited the capital city in the summers of 1874 and 1885.

During the first period Henrik Ibsen was a poor student with academic and artistic ambitions.

In the subsequent period, Ibsen worked as head of a theatre, as a writer and critic and acquired the status of husband and father.

In his old age, the world-famous dramatist returned to the capital city and spent the final years of his life in the large apartment on Arbins gate, where he also died at the age of 78, on Wednesday 23 May in 1906.