Kulisteinen - The Kuli stone
Photo: Åge Hojem / NTNU University Museum

Kulisteinen – The Kuli stone

A part of the NTNU University Museum's medieval exhibition at Suhmhuset in Trondheim.

About the Kuli stone - "Norway's baptismal certificate"

The runic inscription on the Kuli stone, which dates back to the early 1000s, is referred to as Norway's baptismal certificate because it is the first time that the name "Norway" is known to have been used on Norwegian soil.

The Kuli stone is also among the earliest evidence of Christianity's presence in Norway, and offers a direct date for the introduction of Christianity to the country.

The Kuli stone, which was originally erected on the island of Kuløy between Edøy and Smøla in an archipelago off Kristiansund in Nordmøre, is a 1.90 m tall, slender four-sided rune stone with a cross inscribe on one broad side and a runic inscription in two vertical lines on the adjacent narrow side.