Daily Life

Observations on the quirks of day-to-day life in Norway, from the extended summer vacations to crazy adverts on TV.

The Great Norwegian Adventure

Alt for Norge

As I write this, I’m sitting on the sofa watching the latest episode in the 5th series of Alt for Norge, an award-winning reality TV show on TV Norge. This is something I’ve been meaning to write about for three years now. Finally, I’ve put pen to paper! (well, fingers to keyboard…) Named The Great […]

Limited Edition T-Shirt

Norway T-Shirts

The Life in Norway team is proud to present our exclusive T-Shirt available to order for the next 10 days only! Order now Whenever friends & family visit me and want to buy a souvenir, the range of T-shirts on offer is poor. Bad quality shirts with the flag or garish motifs plastered all over […]

The Five Seasons of Norway

Morning snow in Trondheim

“Ugh, it’s nasty out there”, I spluttered as I returned from Bunnpris on Friday night. I’d been to grab some groceries for the weekend as the weather forecast looked bleak. Dark clouds, wind, rain, and a flood warning across central Norway. Lovely! It got me thinking though, Norwegian weather is fairly predictable. True, we never know exactly […]

How to play chess like a Viking


During a Scandinavian summer there’s a chance you’ll stumble across a family or a group of friends throwing wooden blocks at each other in open parkland. At least, that’s what it looks like at first. You’re actually watching a game of Kubb, colloquially known in the US as Viking Chess. Although it’s a game claimed to have […]

Norwegians living in Spain

Norwegians in Spain

Returning to Norway after a holiday can be a really depressing experience. I just spent 12 days exploring Catalonia (specifically Tárrega, Lleida, Barcelona and Sitges) and I found returning tough, even though the temperature in Trondheim was actually higher! The effect is worse in the winter, where the low prices and warm weather of the Canary […]

Festivals Not Fear


What a few days it’s been here in Norway. First of all, the three-year anniversary of the terror attacks of Oslo and Utøya, which I’m ashamed to say I forgot all about until I saw a tweet at around midday, as I was returning from a holiday in Spain. Two days later, just as the […]

June – The Month of Endless Days

Summer in Trondheim

So here we are, a few days before the longest day of the year. The long summer days in Norway are something I adjusted to long ago, having spent my last three summers down in Oslo. Or at least I thought I had! Living here in Trondheim, I’ve had to adjust all over again, because we […]

Norway gets ready to party!

17 Mai

In a few days, Norway comes together to celebrate syttende mai (17th of May), the anniversary of the signing of the Norwegian constitution. Although Norway didn’t become fully independent until 1905, the Eidsvoll agreement of 1814 was nevertheless a pivotal moment in Norway’s history, declaring Norway independent from Denmark. Just a few months later an independent […]

Norway’s Slow TV Phenomenon

Slow TV in Norway

Do you ever feel a little overwhelmed with modern life? A lot of people dash around crowded cites in cars, suffer road rage, spend 8 hours stressing in a cubicle, constantly check email and social media, and throw caffeine and sugar down their throats to fuel it all. There’s no doubt about it, modern life […]

The best of Norway on YouTube

Size Matters

Ah YouTube. If there was ever a website responsible for a drop in productivity in offices across the world it’s this one (at least, until BuzzFeed came along!) Because of my propensity for sharing videos on the Life in Norway Facebook page, friends of mine frequently forward me Norway-related videos on YouTube. Over the years […]