The Great Norwegian Encyclopedia, in Norwegian Store norske leksikon (abbreviated as 'SNL'), is an edited, online encyclopedia. The encyclopedia contains a collection of approximately 180 000 articles, some of which have a history of revision going back to encyclopedic work published in 1906. From 2009 the Great Norwegian Encyclopedia is solely published online on snl.no.
The Great Norwegian Encyclopedia is published by Foreningen Store norske leksikon (the Great Norwegian Encyclopedia Association). All the Norwegian universities and several other non profit foundations/organizations are members of the association. The association is non profit and non commercial (registered in the official Norwegian non-profit registry, Frivillighetsregisteret).
The editor-in-chief is Erik Bolstad. The director of the board is Knut Olav Åmås.
The Great Norwegian Encyclopedia has up to three million monthly unique visitors (Norway has five million inhabitants). We are the second largest non-profit editorial Norwegian website. The main users are high school and university students, but we attract users from all age ranges and demographic groups.
We publish four encyclopedias, all searchable from snl.no:
- Store norske leksikon – the Great Norwegian Encyclopedia. Our main encyclopedia with around 160 000 articles.
- Store medisinske leksikon – The Great Medical Encyclopedia. A Norwegian language medical reference encyclopedia with around 15 000 articles.
- Norsk biografisk leksikon – The Norwegian Biographical Encyclopedia.
- Norsk kunstnerleksikon – The Encyclopedia of Norwegian Artists