I absolutely love the ThorNews blog, and this article is a prime example of why. Norway is a small country with a small population, but it’s had a big impact on world culture. Who knew that the “real” Willy Wonka was Norwegian? Must we now sing the Oompa Loompa song with a Norwegian accent? Great, fun stuff!

Per Vonka Willy Wonka

Per Vonka and his father, Peder Vonka, met Roald Dahl during WWII. (Photo: Hallgeir Henriksen / Sami Newspaper Ságat)

Had it not been for a chance meeting between author Roald Dahl and Per and his father Peder Vonka towards the end of World War II, we had never heard of Willy Wonka from Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”.

The iconic children’s book written in 1964 by the Norwegian-British author has been filmed twice – most recently in 2005 with Johnny Depp as the eccentric chocolate factory owner.

Very few know that Willy Wonka is Norwegian – or at least the inspiration for the name, according to an article in the Sami newspaper Ságat.

– After the Germans were driven out by the Russians, a group of Norwegian and British soldiers and officers came down the Tårndalen valley in Jarfjord where my father Peder Vonka had his passenger…

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