2000s|Monarch - Olav V
Prime Minister - Odvar Nordli (Labour Party) until 4 February, Gro Harlem Brundtland (Labour Party) until 14 October, Kåre Willoch (Conservative Party)
4 February – Brundtland's First Cabinet was appointed. Gro Harlem Brundtland becomes the first female Prime Minister of Norway
14 October - The government of Gro Harlem Brundtland resigns
14 October – Willoch's First Cabinet was appointed.
5 November - Five people are killed when a seaplane crashes in the Forsand municipality.
6 December – The 1981 Parliamentary election takes place.
Norway becomes the first country in the world to enact a law to prevent discrimination against homosexuals.
The Hessdalen light UFO phenomenon emerged in December and occurred with high frequency for the next several years.
1 July - Kirsti Bergstø, politician
9 August - Azar Karadaş, soccer player
29 October - Lene Alexandra, singer and model
12 January - Olav Marensius Strandås, politician (born 1900)
16 January - Birger Haug, high jumper (born 1908)
22 January - Torgeir Svendsen, politician (born 1910).
1 February - Geirr Tveitt, composer and pianist (born 1908)
11 February - Haakon Olsen Wika, politician (born 1899)
11 March - Jonas Enge, politician (born 1908)
4 April - Aanund Bjørnsson Berdal, engineer (born 1888).
11 May - Odd Hassel, physical chemist and Nobel Laureate (born 1897)
7 June - Asbjørn Listerud, politician (born 1905)
2 August – Kåre Norum, educator (born 1907).
11 August - Arne Skaare, politician (born 1907)
28 August - Bjarne Fjærtoft, politician (born 1899)
31 October - Bent Røiseland, politician (born 1902)
4 November - Sverre Helgesen, high jumper (born 1903)
25 November Sigbjørn Hølmebakk, author (born 1922)
18 December - Olav Rasmussen Langeland, politician (born 1904)
Alf-Jørgen Aas, painter (born 1915)
Per Arneberg, poet, prosaist and translator (born 1901)
Jens Gram Dunker, architect (born 1892)
Olav Larssen, newspaper editor (born 1894)
Knut Robberstad, jurist and philologist (born 1899)
1981 in Norway Wikipedia
Events in the year 1981 in Norway.