In "The Language of Wealth," eight authors explore various aspects of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (commonly known as the Oil Fund). Each text delves into a concept central to the fund's narrative and self-presentation. By focusing on the language used to describe the fund, the authors shed light on the wealth that shapes lives both within and beyond Norway's borders.
The Oil Fund manages the state's revenues from oil and gas extraction in the North Sea and has quickly grown to become the world's largest sovereign wealth fund. It belongs collectively to the Norwegian people and contributes significantly to the financing of public services through the state budget. The fund is deeply rooted in democratic politics and bureaucratic administration, making the Norwegian people and society significant players in the international financial markets.
"The Language of Wealth" brings together economists, researchers, non-fiction writers, and literary authors. Using various literary forms and techniques, they illuminate different aspects of this institution, which is becoming increasingly important for Norwegian society and the world at large.
Contributors include Cathrine Knudsen, Morten Søberg, Amalie Kasin Lerstang, Klaus Mohn, Bjørn Vatne, Øyvind Rimbereid, Karl Emil Rosenbæk, and Anne Karin Sæther.
"The Language of Wealth" is a result of the research project "Forms and Ethics, Shapes of Finance," and the texts were developed based on shared seminars held in December 2020 and March 2021.