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Viking woman in typical costume of the time

Viking Clothes: What Did The Vikings Wear?

Was there such a thing as Viking fashion? We piece together clues from the sagas with archaeological evidence to bring you this guide to Viking clothing. Have you ever wondered what type the clothes the Vikings...
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Jo Nesbø: Norway’s Most Famous Author

From professional footballer to rock star to novelist, Jo Nesbø has had quite the career path. Discover the story of Norway’s top crime fiction writer. Norway’s leading crime novelist Jo Nesbø is not your average writer....
University of Oslo downtown campus

UiO Student Experience During Coronavirus Shutdown in Norway

An account of life as a foreign student at the University of Oslo during these unprecedented times. What has changed and what hasn't? I returned to Oslo on New Year’s Day after a two-week Christmas holiday...
Ancient glacier in Scandinavia

Scandinavia Before the Vikings

There’s more to Scandinavian history than the Vikings. There’s resourceful settlers and the Sami people who adapted to the environment in order to survive, and so much more. From watching TV and movies you’d think that Scandinavian history was all...
Woman reading a Norwegian novel

Five Norwegian Novels to Read Before You Die

For a relatively small country, Norway has a rich literary tradition. From the plays of Ibsen to the modern crime dramas so beloved in Scandinavia, Norwegians are big readers. Here are five must-read Norwegian books, all...
A Viking longship on a fjord in Norway

Viking Longships: Vessels for Trades and Raids

Discover more about the great vessels the Norsemen used for trade and raids. The Vikings' longships are one of the greatest symbols of the era and remain an icon of Scandinavia today. The Vikings operated throughout...
A Norwegian family walking through a forest

The Most Common Norwegian Surnames

Here is the story of Norway’s most common family names and how they have evolved through recent centuries. If you have a passing interest in Norway or Scandinavia then you have probably wondered about their distinctive surnames....
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Crime in Norway: The Facts & Figures

Is Norway a safe place to live or visit? We take a look at the facts and figures behind Norway's crime rate to try and give you an answer. Norway frequently sits near the top of...
Norwegian footballer Erling Braut Haaland

Erling Braut Haaland, Norway’s New Sporting Superstar

Everything you need to know about the exciting Norwegian striker Erling Braut Haaland. Every now and then, a footballer comes along from one of the smaller footballing nations who really gets people talking. Not long ago...
Stavanger harbour on a sunny day

11 Interesting Facts About Stavanger

How much do you know about Norway's fourth biggest city? Learn something new with these 11 interesting facts about Stavanger in southwest Norway. Are you planning a trip to Stavanger, or do you have a burning...