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Johan Vibe
Born (1637-04-16)April 16, 1637
Died February 20, 1710(1710-02-20) (aged 72)
Place of birth France
Allegiance Denmark-Norway
Years of service 1659 - 1710
Rank Major General
Commands held Commander of the Norwegian army north of the Dovrefjell mountains

Johan Vibe (also Wibe) (16 April 1637 – 20 February 1710) was a Danish military officer and engineer, who was appointed Governor-General of Norway by the Danish crown from 10 April 1708 until his death.


Johan Vibe was born on 16 April 1637 as one of two illegitimate children of the Danish Nobleman Peder Wibe (ca. 1596-1658) and an unnamed French woman. He was raised as a legitimate son and knighted using his father's arms.[1][2] He received a military education in the Netherlands, finishing in 1659 and joined the Norwegian Army shortly after.[1]

For his performance in the Gyldenløve War, for which the Norwegian offensives were generally successful but only served to offset the Danish setbacks elsewhere,[3] he was promoted to Major in 1675 and Lieutenant Colonel in 1676. He was given command of the squadron which gave support to the fleet with which Governor-General Gyldenløve attacked the historically Norwegian Province of Bohuslan, which had been ceded to Sweden by the Treaty of Roskilde in 1658. Vibe kept enemy ships trapped in Alfsborg and prevented them from going out.[1][2]

Vibe advanced to Major General in 1682. He was transferred to Trondheim as commander of the Norwegian military forces north of the Dovrefjell mountains.[2]

Johan Vibe was named a Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog in 1693 and in 1708 he was elevated to counselor of the Danish realm (geheimeråd).[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Nissen, Harald. "Johan Vibe" (in Norwegian). Norsk biografisk leksikon. Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 17 February 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Huitfeldt-Kaas, H. J. (1904). "Vibe, Johan". In Bricka, Carl Frederik (in Danish). Dansk biografisk lexikon. 13. Copenhagen: Gyldendalske Boghandels Forlag. pp. 500–503. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  3. Gjerset, Knut (1915). History of the Norwegian People, Volumes II. The MacMillan Company. pp. 253–261. Retrieved 16 May 2009. 

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