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Uniforms

The Norwegian Armed Forces have several uniforms, each specially designed for different uses.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Our own uniform regulations describe the uniforms, their looks, how and when to use them and the accessories each uniform must and can have. It is not allowed to modify the uniforms or to combine uniforms and civilian clothes.

The Armed Forces continuously work to improve the uniforms. The uniform shall provide physical protection, but also formal protection through international law and international conventions. Among these is the convention of the treatment of prisoners of war. Norwegian law also protects uniformed personnel.

The expression​: "King's Clothes"​​​

To wear the "King's clothes" is a Norwegian informal expression for serving in the Armed Forces. Military uniforms was first established and introduced in England by King Henry VII in 1385. When the Norwegian Army was established in 1628, King Christian IV provided clothing and uniforms to the soldiers. ​

Still today it is His Majesty the King who is the Commander-in-chief of the Norwegian Armed Forces, and the soldiers wear "his" uniform.​​​​​

Published 29 July 2015 15:55.. Last updated 28 June 2016 10:57.