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The history of the Norwegian Constitution, Sue Paulsen style


It’s common knowledge the Vikings reined supreme 1,000 years ago as they built long ships to pillage Europe and discover North America.

What may not be well known is the Viking had a parliament style of government. Local and Norwegian cultural historian Sue Paulsen said representatives would meet for two weeks each summer.

“People would represent each hamlet,” Paulsen said. “They would send a person, a representative, a legislator if you would. They would vote on any changes that they wanted to have.”

Paulsen said representative government was built into what would be become the...

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