Harald Hardrada

1015 - 1066

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Harald Sigurdsson (Old Norse: Haraldr Sigurðarson; c. 1015 – 25 September 1066), also known as Harald III of Norway and given the epithet Hardrada (harðráði; modern Norwegian: Hardråde, roughly translated as "stern counsel" or "hard ruler") in the sagas, was King of Norway from 1046 to 1066. Additionally, he unsuccessfully claimed both the Danish throne until 1064 and the English throne in 1066. Before becoming king, Harald had spent around fifteen years in exile as a mercenary and military commander in Kievan Rus' and as a chief of the Varangian Guard in the Byzantine Empire. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Harald Hardrada has received more than 4,154,126 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Harald Hardrada is the 1,828th most popular politician (down from 1,676th in 2019), the 33rd most popular biography from Norway (down from 25th in 2019) and the 11th most popular Norwegian Politician.

Harald Hardrada was the king of Norway from 1046-1066. He is most famous for his invasion of England in 1066, which he failed to conquer.

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Among politicians, Harald Hardrada ranks 1,828 out of 19,576Before him are Ka, Jovanka Broz, Henry of Germany, Suleiman ibn Qutulmish, Balian of Ibelin, and Sancho I of Portugal. After him are Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria, Romanos III Argyros, Ramiz Alia, Yakov Sverdlov, Hafizullah Amin, and Kubrat.

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Among people born in 1015, Harald Hardrada ranks 1After him are Michael V Kalaphates, Anawrahta, Gunnhildr Sveinsdóttir, Eustace II, Count of Boulogne, John Komnenos, Herman IV, Duke of Swabia, and Ermesinda of Bigorre. Among people deceased in 1066, Harald Hardrada ranks 2Before him is Harold Godwinson. After him are Edward the Confessor, Stenkil, Al-Bayhaqi, Elisiv of Kiev, Muniadona of Castile, Tostig Godwinson, Gottschalk, Yahya of Antioch, Ibn Butlan, and Conan II, Duke of Brittany.

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Among people born in Norway, Harald Hardrada ranks 33 out of 1,039Before him are Ingólfr Arnarson (850), Eric Bloodaxe (885), Ludvig Holberg (1684), Ragnar Frisch (1895), Jostein Gaarder (1952), and Johan Galtung (1930). After him are Odd Hassel (1897), Christian Lous Lange (1869), Peder Severin Krøyer (1851), Magnus IV of Sweden (1316), Haakon the Good (918), and Lars Onsager (1903).


Among politicians born in Norway, Harald Hardrada ranks 11Before him are Trygve Lie (1896), Olaf II of Norway (993), Jens Stoltenberg (1959), Vidkun Quisling (1887), Olaf Tryggvason (963), and Eric Bloodaxe (885). After him are Magnus IV of Sweden (1316), Haakon the Good (918), Magnus the Good (1024), Haakon IV of Norway (1204), Haakon Sigurdsson (930), and Olaf III of Norway (1050).