Oslo from the water

Best Hostels in Oslo

There are budget accommodation options in the Norwegian capital, but you may need to consider staying outside the central area. If you’re travelling on a shoestring budget, a trip Norway is probably not your best option....
Harry Hole is the creation of Norwegian author Jo Nesbø

Jo Nesbø’s Harry Hole

One of the most famous residents of Oslo is a fictional alcoholic detective. We take a look at the life and times of Jo Nesbø's creation, Harry Hole. We’ve kept spoilers to a minimum, and as...
Scandinavia on a globe

Scandinavia’s Kalmar Union

The Kalmar Union was a personal union between Norway, Denmark and Sweden – which at the time also included much of modern Finland – under a single crown. Nowadays, the monarchies of Europe are largely ceremonial....
Learn the Norwegian tongue in six months

Learn Fluent Norwegian in Six Months

Is it really possible to become a fluent Norwegian speaker in just six months? One linguistics expert says it is. English and the Scandinavian languages all come from the same root. They share similar structures, and...
The Kon-Tiki raft

Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki Voyage

The Kon-Tiki voyage led by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl was a huge success and proved beyond doubt that Polynesia could have been settled from South America. One of the great mysteries of anthropology is how Polynesia...
Big industries in Norway often involve the ocean

Norway’s Biggest Industries

Norway is known for its oil and gas, but the country's economy relies on several other key industries. We take a look at Norway's biggest commercial interests. If you ask someone what Norway's biggest industries are,...
Liv Ullmann the Norwegian actress

Liv Ullmann

A look back at the life and work of Norway’s most famous actresses. When you think of the European cinema, certain names such as Sofia Loren and Brigitte Bardot spring to mind. But one name that’s...
Norwegian elkhound relaxing in a field

The Norwegian Elkhound

If you’re looking for a beautiful, smart, energetic dog, look no further than the National Dog of Norway. One of the world’s oldest dog breeds, the ancestors of elkhounds have been found buried in Viking burial...
The Scandinavian flags

Should Scandinavia Unite?

Denmark, Norway and Sweden share so much history and culture. Would they do better as one country? ‘Think what a great country we could have been together’, said Norwegian billionaire Petter Stordalen in 2016. The question...
Norway winning at the Oscars

Norway at the Oscars

A look at the performance of the Norwegian film industry on the international stage. With the 91st Academy Award nominations out, Norway’s submission Hva vil folk si (What Will People Say?) has not made it into contention....