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Thon Hotels (formerly known as Rainbow Hotels) is a Norwegian-based hotel chain. It is currently the 3rd largest hotel chain in Norway with 50-odd hotels in Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands.
The Thon Hotel chain was established in 1989. Thon Hotels is part of the Olav Thon Group (Olav Thon Gruppen) which in turn is owned by the Olav Thon Foundation (Olav Thon Stiftelsen). Olav Thon bought Hotel Bristol in Oslo in 1974. In 1983 Thon bought his second hotel, before he founded Rainbow Hotel in 1989, which included 10 hotels. Over the next couple of decades, the hotel chain grew in numbers, and Thon extended his hotel business to Brussels in 1995 when he bought two hotels in the Belgium capital. Rainbow Hotels were rebranded to Thon Hotels in 2005.
Hønefoss is a town and the administrative center of the municipality of Ringerike in Buskerud county, Norway. Hønefoss is an industrial center of inner Østlandet, containing several factories and other industry. As of 1 January 2008, Hønefoss has 14,177 inhabitants. In 1852, Hønefoss received town status and was separated from Norderhov. In 1964, Hønefoss ceased being a separate municipality and became part of Ringerike.
Olav Bjaaland was a Norwegian ski champion and polar explorer. In 1911, he was one of the first five men to reach the South Pole as part of Amundsen's South Pole expedition.
Leif Høegh was a Norwegian shipowner. He founded the international shipping company, Leif Höegh & Co in 1927.
H. Aschehoug & Co. , commonly known as Aschehoug,(pronounced [ˈɑ̂skəhæʉ]) is one of the largest independent publishing companies in Norway, founded in 1872. Headquartered in Oslo, the publishing house has 480 employees. The Aschehoug group also comprises other publishing houses owned partially or wholly by Aschehoug. Aschehoug can be directly translated to "ash hill."
Bergen Storsenter is the largest shopping centre in central Bergen, Norway, with a turnover of 1,024 billion Norwegian krone in 2002.
Sandvika Storsenter is a super-regional mall located in Sandvika outside of Oslo, Norway. It is owned by the Olav Thon Group which in turn is owned by the Olav Thon Foundation.
Ski Storsenter is a shopping mall located at Ski in Viken county, Norway. In 2002 it had a turnover of 1,186 billion Norwegian kroner. It opened in 1995, and has today 145 stores on three floors. The builder and operator is the Olav Thon Group which is owned by the Olav Thon Foundation.
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Andreas Lauritz Thune was a Norwegian engineer and businessman. He was associated with the company Thunes Mekaniske Værksted.
Olaf Olsen Norli was a Norwegian bookseller and publisher.
Olav Selvaag was a Norwegian engineer and residential contractor, known for his innovative approach to designing and building affordable housing during the later half of the Twentieth Century. He was largely responsible for the post–World War II development of the neighborhoods Veitvet and Vestli at Groruddalen and Rykkinn at Bærum in Oslo, Norway.
Fritt Ord Award consists of two prizes awarded by the Fritt Ord Foundation. Two prizes are awarded in support of freedom of speech and freedom of expression; the Fritt Ord Award and the Fritt Ord Honorary Award . These are awards are distributed annually during the month of May in connection with the anniversary of the liberation of Norway at the end of World War II in May 1945. Prizes are awarded to one or more persons or organizations that have contributed to areas where the organization works, especially in the work of freedom of expression. In addition to a monetary reward, the award includes a statue by sculptor Nils Aas.
Gunn Wærsted is a Norwegian businessperson, with prominent positions in finance and banking.
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Morten Wilhelm Wilhelmsen, known as Wilh. Wilhelmsen, was a Norwegian shipping magnate.
Asbjørn Herteig was a Norwegian archeologist. He was the first curator at the Bryggen Museum and affiliated with the University of Bergen.
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Frank Varner was a Norwegian businessman.
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