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Mathew at sverds i fjell in stavnager

Why I Moved from Oslo to Stavanger

After just one year in Oslo, I'm moving from Norway’s vibrant capital to Stavanger. Here's why. My Norwegian adventure is rarely dull, that much I can say for sure. It's exciting and fun but so far...
Norwegian flag full of a conforming population

The Ten Rules: A Personal Experience of Janteloven

Learning about the Norwegian law of jante through the lens of an independent international author. An excerpt from The Cursed Bus and Other Writings by J Alex West, an author living in Oslo. About the author...
Norway National Day May 17 Parade in Stavanger

5 Reasons I Love Living in Stavanger

A German living in Norway gives her verdict on living in Stavanger. What's it like to live in Norway's energy capital, especially compared to life in the north? Let’s find out. After living in Tromsø for...
Backpacker in Norway on a hike

Inside a Student Backpack: What to Bring to Norway

Student packing list: Your backpack is the survival kit for the starting few months if you are shifting to a new country like Norway as a student. To get it right remains the biggest challenge for...
Multicultural Norway

Of Being a Woman, Empathy and Multiculturalism in Norway

The diary of a Pakistani Millennial in Norway continues with a look at gender and multiculturalism in Norway. Being a woman is tough in this male-dominated world. Or so I’ve heard say many times. Add to...
From Pakistan to Norway

From Islamabad to Klepp

The diary of a Pakistani millennial in Norway: Of sleepy towns, crossing roads and political protests. I’ve always found it fascinating how people identify themselves; what identity-markers they use in a particular situation. Moving to Norway to join...
Midsummer celebrations in Norway

The Hunt for St. Hans Celebrations in Norway

Returning expat Tone seeks out a proper midsummer celebration in Norway. Here's what she found… Our family evening is turning into a hunt. My husband is not impressed. After 15 years of marriage I can usually...
View over the Geirangerfjord in Norway

What’s So Great About Norway?

Why did you move back? These are questions I've been asked countless times in the last six months; questions to which there are no short or fool-proof answers. I didn't move because I had to, nor...
Fishing on a lake in Jotunheimen, Norway

My First Rakfisk Experience

Learning to fish on a lake and prepare rakfisk is one step journey on the road to typisk norsk! I am currently enrolled in an adult learning program to learn the Norwegian language. One of our...
Kids on smartphones in Norway

From Keychains to Smartphones: Raising Independent Children in the Age of Technology

Tone Delin Indrelid discovers that it’s time to examine her stubborn unwillingness to embrace technology as a tool in raising independent Vikings. At the start of the year, my family and I left a high mobility...