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State of Happiness 

Lykkeland (original title)
The night before Christmas 1969, the gas flare at the Ocean Viking is lit. Phillips has found the largest sub sea oil basin in history. And everything is about to change.




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Series cast summary:
Anne Regine Ellingsæter Anne Regine Ellingsæter ...  Anna Hellevik 8 episodes, 2018
Amund Harboe Amund Harboe ...  Christian Nyman 8 episodes, 2018
Bart Edwards ...  Jonathan Kay 8 episodes, 2018
Malene Wadel Malene Wadel ...  Toril Torstensen 8 episodes, 2018
Mads Sjøgård Pettersen ...  Martin Lekanger 8 episodes, 2018
Vegar Hoel ...  Arne Rettedal 8 episodes, 2018
Roar Kjølv Jenssen Roar Kjølv Jenssen ...  Leif Larsen 8 episodes, 2018
Pia Tjelta ...  Ingrid Nyman 8 episodes, 2018
Per Kjerstad Per Kjerstad ...  Fredrik Nyman 8 episodes, 2018
Adam Fergus ...  Ed Young 8 episodes, 2018
Marit Synnøve Berg ...  Bergljot 7 episodes, 2018
Marianne Stormoen Marianne Stormoen ...  Susanne 7 episodes, 2018
Gerald Pettersen Gerald Pettersen ...  Ulriksen 6 episodes, 2018
Ingrid Jørgensen Dragland Ingrid Jørgensen Dragland ...  Oddfrid Hellevik 6 episodes, 2018
David Menkin ...  Jackson 5 episodes, 2018
Ole Christoffer Ertvaag ...  Rein Hellevik 5 episodes, 2018
Sigve Bøe ...  Hardon Hellevik 5 episodes, 2018
Laila Goody Laila Goody ...  Randi Torstensen 5 episodes, 2018
Anastasios Soulis ...  Frank Lawson 5 episodes, 2018
Glenn Andre Kaada Glenn Andre Kaada ...  Gert 5 episodes, 2018
Espen Sandvik Espen Sandvik ...  Arve Johnsen 5 episodes, 2018
Mats Eldøen Mats Eldøen ...  Gunnar Sandvik 5 episodes, 2018
Max Fowler ...  Damon 4 episodes, 2018
Craig Narveson ...  Louis Shore 4 episodes, 2018
Johannes Joner Johannes Joner ...  Torolf Smedvig 4 episodes, 2018
Nikolai Holmen Nikolai Holmen ...  Svend Hellevik 4 episodes, 2018
Nina Ellen Ødegård Nina Ellen Ødegård ...  Gerd 4 episodes, 2018
Tiril Pharo Tiril Pharo ...  Unni 4 episodes, 2018
Christina Askeland ...  Margit 4 episodes, 2018
Kim Atle Hansen Kim Atle Hansen ...  Bengt Hamre 3 episodes, 2018
Edmund Dehn ...  Mr. Hastings 2 episodes, 2018
Tony Elmquist ...  Carson 2 episodes, 2018
Dean Clark Dean Clark ...  Preacher 2 episodes, 2018
Thomas Bechmann Thomas Bechmann ...  Herr Salvesen 2 episodes, 2018


The night before Christmas 1969, the gas flare at the Ocean Viking is lit. Phillips has found the largest sub sea oil basin in history. And everything is about to change.

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The birth of a national myth
25 May 2020 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

The discovery of oil in the North Sea brought sudden and unexpected wealth to a previously rural part of Norway; 'State of Happiness' follows both the history of the birth of the Norwegian oil industry, and the period of societal change. While some of the story feels generic, there were two details I liked. Firstly, the portrait of the canny Norwegian politicians who figured out how to make sure that their country, and not just the multinationals, made money out of oil. As a Briton, I got the idea that the founding of the State Oil company may play an analagous role in contemporary Norwegian mytholgy to the founding of the N.H.S. does in my country's. The other thing I liked is the way that the social transformation allows a number of the younger characters (two of them women) to find and value themselves; this plotline is well telegraphed throughout but still nicely executed. As an aside, although everyone is constantly bewailing the Stavanger weather, the story is filmed in generally much more clement conditions than we see in Scandinavian crime thrillers. And it's much more interesting than many of those.

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