Our history

These are some of the highlights of our 377-year history.

Child on a skateboard, Posten vehicle in the background

On 17 January 1647, the Post Office was established by Hannibal Sehested - Danish governor of Norway. The Dutchman Henrik Morian was given the exclusive right to run the Post Office for an annual fee. 376 years later, Norway Post has become a Nordic group.

1647: The Royal Norwegian Post Office is established.

1719: The state takes over responsibility for the Post Office.

1827: The Post Office becomes the country's first steamship owner, and acquires the steamships "Constitutionen" and "Prinds Carl" to improve postal services along the coast and abroad.

1854: The first railway line in Norway opens, and becomes an important part of our postal transport.

1855: The first Norwegian stamp is issued.

1872: The postcard is introduced.

1885: The Land Post Service is established.

1903: The first franking machine is introduced. It was a Norwegian invention.

1908: The Post Office imports two cars to improve postal distribution in the districts.

1920: The first official flight route is opened, and Norway Post is on board.

1947: The Norwegian Post Museum is established.

1950: Norges Postsparebank is established

1952: New mailbox law defines that all Norwegian households must have a mailbox.

1968: Postcodes are introduced to handle large volumes of mail.

1973: The Post Office tests a Norwegian-made electric car from El-bil AS.

1976: Oslo Post Terminal and Postgirobygget are taken into use.

1994: First electric mail van taken into use during the Olympics in Lillehammer.

1995: Postbanken is established as an independent banking business after the merger of Postbanken and Postgiro.

1996: Norway Post goes from being a management company to becoming a public limited company with "limited liability": Norway Post BA.

2000: Norway Post's plans to reorganize the post office into Post i Butikk are approved by the Storting.

2001: The first Post in Store is established to meet new customer habits.

2002: The Storting transforms Norway Post into a pure limited liability company 1 July: Posten Norge AS.

2003: The Post Museum is moved to Maihaugen in Lillehammer.

2003-2008: Norway Post makes a number of acquisitions in heavier goods and express.

2008: The Bring brand is launched and the Posten logo is modernized. Started targeted work to reduce CO2 emissions. Launches own app for tracking.

2010: Norway Post's Østlandsterminal at Lørenskog is officially opened. In the same year, Norway Post is involved in developing the electric moped Paxster for mail distribution.

2011: Digipost, Posten's digital mailbox, is launched.

2012: The Storting processes the postal report and allows Norway Post to convert another 149 post offices to Post i Butikk. Norway Post's banking obligation is limited to the land postal network.

2016: New postal law opens the Norwegian postal market to full competition. Norway Post handles letter delivery on Saturdays.

2017: New ambitious climate target set: The group will only use renewable energy sources in buildings and vehicles by 2025.

2018: «Beloved city», a collaboration on emission-free delivery in city centres. A number of new services are launched, including Chatbot for customer service, digital stamp and the ability to send from your own mailbox.

2019: Named Norway's most innovative company by a professional jury under the auspices of the magazine «Innomag».

2020: Launch of Parcel Box. Delivery of letters is changed to every other day.

2021: Launches Shelfless, one of the group's largest single investments. New climate targets are approved by SBTi, emission cuts are put in line with the Paris Agreement. Issues green bonds for one billion NOK.