Starts the country's biggest collection drive for a Norwegian university, today the university of Oslo.
The King in Copenhagen had previously said no to a Norwegian university during the union, but a million riksdaler from the rich and poor made him reconsider his position.
Public education and self-sufficiency
In addition to advancing business development, Norges Vel was dedicated to stimulating public education during the first years, among other things by starting gardening schools, organising public education trips and distributing different advisors for people in villages.
Norges Vel also creates a book trade commission for printing and distribution of their own texts, it is considered Norway's first publisher.At the same time Norges Vel initiated scientific education for craftspeople and fabricators in cities, and they organised a network of travelling teachers in agriculture.
The public education work was not without issue. When the the board of directors suggested training teachers for public schools it was the final straw for the monarchy. That sort of thing is left to the government and the company was briskly put it its place.
These are reasons why it was not obvious that Norway was going to get a university in 1811. Norway had made efforts to get a university multiple times, The respective Danish kings said no every time. Last time was 1795. The official reason being that the finances were missing.
Demand of a university in Norway
In 1809 the demand of a Norwegian university was made again. count Wedel, a strong political figure in Norway, became the man at the center of the case of Norwegian university. Through the foundation of the Norges Vel in 1809, he made the university issue a core one of the company.
With departments and members all over the country, Norges Vel mobilised strongly for what would be the Norway's biggest collection drive throughout time.
The 1st of September 1811 Norges Vel send an invitation to the collection event on a large scale: "Who among us is so cold, that he is not moved by the thought of seeing the Norwegian university with the red morning sun over Norway's mountains?" There were more than Riksdaler and the university at stake. Patriotism fared well with the people.
Collected a billion kroner
During the following time the companies members went for door to door to collect money for the university case. In Christiania tax assessment was done in preparation.
The issue engaged broadly and ended with the Royal King Frederik's University, which today is known as the University of Oslo, established in Christiania in 1811. The company also took the initiative for a country wide collection for resources for the new university.
3600 donators, particularly the rich, but also farmers pledged themselves to a combined amount of a million riksdaler. Well over a billion kroner in today's value. Among was count Wedel and Peder Anker.
In June of 1813 the Royal Kind Frederik's University was humming away in provisional premises.
More than 40 years later and after many years of planning. A university structure was raised on the parade street Karl Johan in company with the place. The raising was partly financed by the collection drive and the Ankerske fideikommiss.