Ja, vi elsker dette landet

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"Ja, vi elsker dette landet", in English, "Yes, we love this country" is the Norwegian national anthem.

It is commonly referred to as only "Ja, vi elsker", "Yes, we love". The lyrics were written by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, and melody by his cousin, Rikard Nordraak.

The first verse goes like this:

"Ja, vi elsker dette landet,
som det stiger frem,
furet, værbitt over vannet,
med de tusen hjem,
elsker, elsker det og tenker,
på vår far og mor,
på den saganatt som senker,
drømmer på vår jord,
på den saganatt som senker,
senker drømmer på vår jord."


Roughly translated to English:

"Yes, we love this country,
as it rises forth,
wrinkled, weather-beaten over the water,
with the thousand homes,
loving it, loving it and thinking,
of our father and mother,
of the saga night that lowers,
dreams upon our earth,
of the saga night that lowers,
lowers dreams upon our earth."