Nearly sold out of Bibles

The first new translation of the Bible to come out in 30 years in Norway. Photo: Bibelselskapet, Dag Kjaer Smemo

The first new translation of the Bible to come out in 30 years in Norway. Photo: Bibelselskapet, Dag Kjaer Smemo

80,000 Bibles sold in just two months. Very cool, says The Norwegian Bible Company.

The sale of a new translation of the Bible has exceeded all expectations.
The new Norwegian version of the Bible has outdistanced both Jo Nesbø and the great favorite Hel in the last few months.
A total of 80,000 Bibles sold in just over two months. Now the Norwegian Bible Society’s warehouse in Hobøl in Østfold is virtually empty.

The sale of a new translation of the Bible has exceeded all expectations.

The new Norwegian version of the Bible has outdistanced both Jo Nesbø and the great favorite Hel in the last few months.

A total of 80,000 Bibles sold in just over two months. Now the Norwegian Bible Society’s warehouse in Hobøl in Østfold is virtually empty.

“It has been completely on top of bestseller lists since its launch in October. Only with the exception of three weeks. It’s pretty cool,” says a satisfied head of the Bible Society, Ingeborg Mongstad Kvammen.
Over thirty years have passed since the last Bible was translated into Norwegian.
This time, twelve well-known writers contributed to the work, including Karl Ove Knausgård, Håvard Rem and Jon Fosse.
Mongstad Kvammen thinks this is probably the reason that interest in the book is so high.
“Yes, we have definitely hit gold there. Not least, the Norwegian language was very good in the new translation” she says.
She is supported by the Bible seller Lars Dale in Fredrikstad.
“This time we have succeeded widely. The book is for the average man in the street, and we have noticed this with the sales,” he said.
New editions of the Bible will be out in time for Easter.

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