Same same but different. Norwegians in the colonies

It is commonly understood that Norway had no part in the colonisation of the south, a perception that makes out an important part of the Norwegian self-image as champions of development-cooperation and peacemediation. During the past ten years, however, a line of research has been published that uncovers the presence and activitites by a surprisingly high number of Norwegians and Norwegian companies who followed in the wake of colonialism, taking the opportunities at hand to establish trade and other enterprises, buying land, settling down, running commercial estates, and enlist in colonial services. This new research offers an important adjustment to Norwegian self-image, and contributes to a better understanding of the long lines of continuity in Norwegian relations to Africa.

Keywords: Colonialism, Norwegian colonialism, entrepreneurs, national images, continuity and change