The Silver Tax 1816 is a free database of Norwegian citizens who were taxed in an attempt to raise funds for the Norwegian Central bank at its inception. The Silver Tax 1816 records include first and last names, gender, residence, and parish.

“The National Archives has transcribed the Silver Tax 1816 on behalf of the Central Bank of Norway. This means that you can now search for individuals in the tax lists and see how much they had to invest to establish the base captial of the bank.”

“Norges Bank (The Central Bank of Norway) was established in 1816 as a private joint-stock company. The base capital was supposed to be between 2 and 3 millions “speciedaler” silver. This captial was impossible to establish on voluntary deposits only. Thus the king announced December 23, 1816 that the captial was to be estblished by force. The minimum sum of 2 million “speciedaler” was divided on the country’s wealth. The Silver Tax 1816 is the common name for this forced allocation of shares.”


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