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Lysebu was originally built during World War I by architect Magnus Poulsson and belonged to famous Norwegian ship owner Anton Fredrik Klaveness. With Poulsson’s supervision, the property was renovated and expanded after World War II to serve as the new location for The Danish-Norwegian Cooperation Fund.

Danish Admiral Carl Hammerich and his Norwegian wife, Borghild Hammerich, began collecting money from members of Danish socialites and dignitaries to send food to Norway during World War II. After the war ended, the remaining donations were used to establish The Danish-Norwegian Cooperation Fund on March 1, 1946. Today, the organization raises cultural awareness of the relationship between Denmark and Norway by several educational mediums including courses on culture, history, and language; seminaries; providing scholarships; participating in exhibitions and tradeshows showcasing Danish-Norwegian history and culture; and publications with relevant material.

The property of Lysebu was given to The Danish-Norwegian Cooperation Fund as a gift in the spirit of brotherhood on September 6, 1947. It was declared a haven to “provide all Danish and Norwegian men and women of all professions a home to work or study in” with a strong emphasis on youth and members of the educational system, mainly teachers, librarians, and journalists. Shortly after, the organization purchased its second property, Schæffergården, near Copenhagen, to serve the same purpose. In order to fund the organization, The Danish-Norwegian Cooperation Fund constructed and modernized Lysebu and Schæffergården to include a conference and meeting center. Today, the two properties still fund the organization with its cultural awareness pursuits with the hotel’s earnings.

Lysebu, a charter member of Historic Hotels Worldwide since 2011, dates back to 1946.


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