Vidkun Quisling

1887 - 1945

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Vidkun Abraham Lauritz Jonssøn Quisling (, Norwegian: [ˈvɪ̂dkʉn ˈkvɪ̂slɪŋ] ; 18 July 1887 – 24 October 1945) was a Norwegian military officer, politician and Nazi collaborator who nominally headed the government of Norway during the country's occupation by Nazi Germany during World War II. He first came to international prominence as a close collaborator of the explorer Fridtjof Nansen, and through organising humanitarian relief during the Russian famine of 1921 in Povolzhye. He was posted as a Norwegian diplomat to the Soviet Union and for some time also managed British diplomatic affairs there. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vidkun Quisling has received more than 3,169,982 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Vidkun Quisling is the 1,249th most popular politician (down from 1,111th in 2019), the 24th most popular biography from Norway (down from 20th in 2019) and the 8th most popular Norwegian Politician.

Vidkun Quisling was a Norwegian politician who was a Nazi collaborator. He was the Prime Minister of Norway from 1942 to 1945.

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Among politicians, Vidkun Quisling ranks 1,249 out of 19,576Before him are Juba II, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, Casimir IV Jagiellon, Saparmurat Niyazov, Romanos I Lekapenos, and Zedekiah. After him are Karađorđe, Daoguang Emperor, Constantine VI, Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, 2nd Dalai Lama, and Karl Haushofer.

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Among people born in 1887, Vidkun Quisling ranks 17Before him are Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, Arthur Rubinstein, Jozef Tiso, Bernard Montgomery, Wilhelm Canaris, and Juan Gris. After him are Chūichi Nagumo, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Saint-John Perse, Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, James B. Sumner, and Felix Yusupov. Among people deceased in 1945, Vidkun Quisling ranks 26Before him are Pietro Mascagni, George S. Patton, Irma Grese, Pierre Laval, Johan Huizinga, and David Lloyd George. After him are Dietrich Bonhoeffer, August von Mackensen, Princess Stéphanie of Belgium, Hermann Fegelein, Clara Petacci, and Käthe Kollwitz.

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Among people born in Norway, Vidkun Quisling ranks 24 out of 1,039Before him are Rollo (846), Olaf II of Denmark (1370), Trygve Lie (1896), Olaf II of Norway (993), Jo Nesbø (1960), and Jens Stoltenberg (1959). After him are Olaf Tryggvason (963), Ivar Aasen (1813), Ingólfr Arnarson (850), Eric Bloodaxe (885), Ludvig Holberg (1684), and Ragnar Frisch (1895).


Among politicians born in Norway, Vidkun Quisling ranks 8Before him are Harald Fairhair (850), Gro Harlem Brundtland (1939), Olaf II of Denmark (1370), Trygve Lie (1896), Olaf II of Norway (993), and Jens Stoltenberg (1959). After him are Olaf Tryggvason (963), Eric Bloodaxe (885), Harald Hardrada (1015), Magnus IV of Sweden (1316), Haakon the Good (918), and Magnus the Good (1024).