To provide you with the best experience, cookies are used on this site. Find out more here.

Allow cookies

Other Websites

Sign up - Contact

Nyhetsbrev - Kontakt

Bodil Biørn

Add Bodil Biørn to your Itinerary


Rådhusgata 5
3770 Kragerø



Tel: 35 98 62 00


Bodil Biørn


Bodil Biørn was born in Kragerø on 27 January 1871. She belonged to a family that since the early 1700s had built wealth and influence in shipping, forestry and timber trade.

She got middle school exam and envisioned a future as a concert singer. Lite indicated that her life would be dramatic.

When she was 25 years old, experienced Bodil Biørn a personal religious conversion. She decided to spend his life in the service of God and to help sick and suffering people, especially children, and she trained as a nurse at the Deaconess House in Oslo. In 1903 she came in contact with the Female Missionary Workers, where she learned of the distress in Armenia. In 1904 she began the Danish KMAs missionary school in Copenhagen, and in 1905 she was ready to travel to Armenia. The first few years she was part of the organization Deutscher Hilfsbund, with support from the Norwegian KMA. From 1912 to 1935 she went home for good was she in Norwegian KMAs service.

She dedicated her life to help Armenian refugees and orphans who survived the Ottoman genocide in the early 20th century.

Bodil Biørn died on 22 July 1960

Memorial in Kragerø

A memorial Bodil Biørn was 29 May 2004 unveiled in front og Kragerø Rådhus. Bodil Biørn had lived in this building during his adolescence, the time the house belonged Biørn genus.

The memorial is a great stone from Aleppo with bronze relief and a plate with inscription

Given the Armenian survivors in Aleppo

It was donated to Kragerø municipality by a group of Armenians, in cooperation with Bodil Biorn grandson Jussi Flemming Biørn, in appreciation of Bodil Biorn efforts in Armenia to help its population during the Ottoman forced deportation.

Map & Directions

View Also Around

Also Around

  1. Type


    Building/cultural environment

    Kragerø Town Hall

    Kragerø Town Hall was originally a mansion owned by a ship owner Biørn and his family. It...

    9 m away
  2. Type



    The house of Theodor Kittelsen

    Welcome to Theodor Kittelsen’s childhood home.

    85 m away
  3. Type



    Fernanda Nissen

    The bust of the feminist woman Fernanda Nissen (1862-1920), who was born in Sannidal and...

    129 m away
  4. Type




    In memory of Anton Martin Schweigaard, a Norwegian jurist and economic reformer who was...

    135 m away
  1. Type



    Gallery Nicolines House

    Gallery Nicolines house is a year-round gallery in Kragerø. The gallery has from the...

    169 m away
  2. Type



    Dypedalsgruva - Mining Museum

    Mining history in the center of Kragerø. There are three apatite mines in Kragerø....

    171 m away
  3. Type


    Lookout points

    Steinmann Lookout

    Steinmann is a viewpoint just above downtown with great views over the city. Well worth a...

    225 m away
  4. Type



    Gea Norvegica Geopark

    Gea Norvegica Geo Park is Scandinavia's first UNESCO certified geopark.
    The geopark is...

    269 m away
  5. Type


    Cultural History Centre

    The Art City Kragerø

    Kragerø is referred to as "The gem among coastal cities" of Edvard Munch, Norway's most...

    269 m away
  6. Type


    Building/cultural environment

    With's Boder

    With's boder is the red building located next to Jernbanetorvet. It was built in the...

    277 m away
  7. Type



    Gallery Løkkebakken 25

    The city's oldest gallery!

    278 m away
  8. Type



    Kragerø Art Association

    Kragerø Art Association is located in Kirkegata 5 and belongs to the Artist Quarter which...

    287 m away
  9. Type



    Tone Ørvik Sculpture studio

    Molded glass: Sculptures and portraits.

    287 m away
  10. Type



    Galleri Thore Sveberg

    You´ll find the Gallery Thore Sveberg at Andølingen 1b in Kragerø. Want to visit? Call...

    293 m away
  11. Type



    Gunnarsholmen Fortress / Bathing spot

    Gunnarsholmen is located a just short walk from the town center and was originally an old...

    338 m away
  12. Type



    The Memorial Park

    Minneparken (The Memorial Park) is located right beside Kragerø Church. There you find a...

    366 m away
Previous Next

Search What's Nearby

Product Type
Within metres

Don't Miss