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|Spouse||Princess Märtha Louise of Norway|
| Maud Angelica Behn|
Leah Isadora Behn
Emma Tallulah Behn
| Ari Mikael Bjørshol|
|Born|| 30 September 1972 |
*Member of the Norwegian Royal House
Ari Mikael Behn (né Ari Mikael Bjørshol, born 30 September 1972) is a Norwegian author, and is best known as the husband of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway.
Behn was born in Århus, Denmark and is baptized in The Christian Community. He is the eldest child of Olav Bjørshol (b. 1952) and Marianne Solberg (b. 1953). His parents married in 1973 but divorced after nine years; both have since remarried, Olav Bjørshol to a daughter of André Bjerke. However, in 2007 the parents of Ari Behn were married again. His father has a degree in special education while his mother has trained as a Waldorf teacher.
He has two younger siblings, Anja Sabrina and Espen.
Ari Bjørshol attended the Waldorf School in Moss, where both his parents worked.
He has a bachelor's degree in history and religion from University of Oslo.
Behn achieved immediate literary success with his first collection of short stories, which received several good reviews and has sold more than 100,000 copies. He subsequently published two novels; a collection of short stories and a book about his wedding. However, the reviews of these works were less positive.
He has also participated in various creative projects — for example, the design of china for Magnor Glassverk.
Behn married Princess Märtha Louise of Norway on 24 May 2002. Together with his wife, Princess Märtha, he wrote a book about their wedding in 2002.
They have three daughters:
- Maud Angelica, born 29 April 2003
- Leah Isadora, born 8 April 2005
- Emma Tallulah, born 29 September 2008
Last name changeEdit
Behn's original surname was Bjørshol. In 1996, he changed his name to Ari Behn when he took his maternal grandmother's maiden name. The name Behn has German origin.
Behn made the headlines of Norwegian newspapers in the autumn of 2006, when he revealed that he voted for the Norwegian Labour Party. His friendship with the current Minister of Culture and Labour leader Trond Giske has attracted criticism from newspapers and politicians.
In January 2009, Behn received massive media coverage in the Norwegian press after going on a "personal vendetta" against former palace official Carl-Erik Grimstad, accusing him of spreading tabloid nonsense regarding Behn and his family.
Honours and awardsEdit
- Norway: 2003-: King Olav's 100 year medal
- Norway: 2005-: Royal family centennial medal
- The Netherlands: 2010-: Grand Honorary Cross with Star of the Order of the Crown