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Ari Behn
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Spouse Princess Märtha Louise of Norway
Issue
Maud Angelica Behn
Leah Isadora Behn
Emma Tallulah Behn
Full name
Ari Mikael Bjørshol
(1972–1996)
Father Olav Bjørshol
Mother Marianne Solberg
Born 30 September 1972 (1972-09-30) (age 44)
Århus, Denmark
Occupation Author
Norwegian Royal Family
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HM The King*
HM The Queen*


*Member of the Norwegian Royal House


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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.

Early lifeEdit

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.

EducationEdit

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.

CareerEdit

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.

Personal lifeEdit

MarriageEdit

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.

ChildrenEdit

They have three daughters:

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.

Press coverageEdit

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

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