Daily Life

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

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 […]

Oslo’s Inferiority Complex – 55 Years On


Cast your mind back 55 years. Can’t do it? No, me neither, I wan’t born then! Last week the New York Times website published an article about Oslo, part of their retrospective news series. It was originally published in the International Herald Tribune (the international edition of the New York Times) way back in 1959. […]

Earth, Wind & Fire

Fires in Norway

Being British, it’s about time I talked about the weather. This, my third winter in Norway, is shaping up to be the weirdest so far. While most of the United States was buried under snow dumped on them by the infamous polar vortex, the majority of Norway is enjoying a mild winter. Not just mild […]

Norway Through the Eyes of Google

Google campus

Remember the days before Google? No, me neither. Apparently, you had to look up facts in books. Real books, with hard covers, on shelves, in libraries. In 2014, Google holds the answers to all of life’s questions, but do you ever wonder what exactly people all around the world are searching for? When you start […]