Milestones in Norway Post’s history

On January 17th 1647 the Danish governor in Norway, Hannibal Sehested, establishes the postal service. Dutchman Henrik Morian gains exclusive right to run the postal service on an annual basis.

Det første posttoget
The first mail train. Photo: The Royal Mail Museum.
Postfly
Mailplane. Photo: The Royal Mail Museum.
Posthorn
Post horn. Photo: The Royal Mail Museum.
Norges første frimerke
Norway's first stamp. Photo: The Royal Mail Museum.
Postbud på ski
Postman on skis. Photo: Royal Mail Museum.
Postgirobygget reiser seg
Postgirobygget, the head office of Norway Post, in Oslo is reformed. Photo: The Royal Mail Museum.
  • 1719 The government assumes responsibility for postal services.
  • 1758 The majority of ‘postal farmers’ receive a salary and postal stations are established.
  • 1814 Norway has 25 post offices, 6 post distribution centres and 97 postal stations.
  • 1827 The Postal Service becomes the country’s first steamship owner with the purchase of the 'Constitution' and 'Prince Carl’ steamships, in an effort to improve postal services along the coast and abroad.
  • 1854 The Postal Service is instrumental in establishing the first railway from Christiania to Eidsvoll. The Rail Transport Law of 1848 states that mail should be carried by train and that postal stations should be located in train stations.
  • 1855 The first Norwegian stamp is issued.
  • 1855 The first telegraph line between Christiania and Drammen is established. Where the telegraph lines ended the Postal Service took over.
  • 1872 The postcard is introduced.
  • 1871 New postal regulations introduce a simplified pricing system for domestic postage, post-boxes are available in post offices and mailboxes are located at individual residences.
  • 1885 Rural postal services are established.
  • 1893 Hurtigruten (The Norwegian Coastal Express) is established to Northern Norway, and the Post Office is on board.
  • 1903 The first franking machine is used. It was a Norwegian invention.
  • 1920 The first official air-route opens, and the Post Office is involved.
  • 1943 The postgiro comes to Norway.
  • 1950 Norway’s Post Office Savings Bank (Postsparebank) is founded.
  • 1952 New ‘mailbox law’ states that every household must have a mailbox.
  • 1968 Postcodes are introduced to better manage the increasing volume of mail.
  • 1976 The Oslo postal terminal and the Postgiro Building are built. They are renovated in 2003.
  • 1984 An A-B-C pricing system based on delivery time replaces the system based on content.
  • 1995 Postbanken is established as an independent bank following the merger of Postbanken and Postgiro.
  • 1995 Statens Datasentral (SDS) is bought by Norway Post and merges with Norway Post’s Data Centre and is renamed Posten SDS (now Ergo Group).
  • 1996 Norway Post changes from an administrative agency of the government to a state owned company with limited liability: Posten Norge BA.
  • 2000 Norway Post’s plans for transforming traditional post offices to Post in Shops are approved by Parliament.
  • 2000 Norway Post buys OSC/Wajens to focus on heavier goods and cargo.
  • 1998-2000 Norway Post acquires the courier company TSI and becomes the largest express carrier in Scandinavia. From 2003 the company becomes known as Box.
  • 2001 Norway Post SDS is reorganised and changes its name to ErgoGroup. 2002 Parliament makes Norway Post a limited company and from July 1st it becomes known as Norway Post Group.
  • 2002 Norway Post acquires CityMail and begins competing in the Swedish postal market.
  • 2006 Norway Post buys Frigoscandia, OptiMail AB and establishes CityMail in Denmark.
  • 2004 Norway Post acquires Nor-Cargo.
  • 2005 Norway Post enters a new agreement with DnBNOR/Postbanken for the provision of banking services until 2013.
  • 2006 ErgoGroup buys the Norwegian company Alliance ASA and the Swedish SYSteam.
  • 2007 Norway Post strengthened its position in both the Nordic and European transport markets by acquiring the Swedish transport and logistics group Transflex.
  • 2007 The foundation stone for the South-East Norway Terminal at Robsrud in Lørenskog was laid by Minister of Transport and Communications Liv Signe Navarsete and CEO Dag Mejdell.