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Roald Dahl was born in Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales in 1916, to Norwegian parents, Harald Dahl and Sofie Magdalene Hesselberg. Dahl's family had moved from Norway and settled in Cardiff in the 1880s. Roald was named after the polar explorer Roald Amundsen, a national hero in Norway at the time. He spoke Norwegian at home with his parents and sisters. Dahl and his sisters were christened at the Norwegian Church, Cardiff, where their parents worshipped.

After a lengthy and distinguished writing career (and creditable military record), Dahl died in November 1990 of a rare blood disease at his home in Buckinghmashire. In 2002, one of Cardiff's modern landmarks, the historic Oval Basin plaza (not far from the Norwegian church where Dahl was christened), was re-christened "Roald Dahl Plass". "Plass" means plaza in Norwegian, a nod to the acclaimed late writer's Norwegian roots. There have also been calls from the public for a permanent statue of him to be erected in the city.

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