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An Arctic winter

Scandinavian Winters of Old Were Less Hygge, More Nordic Noir

There's a certain romance to winter and Christmas time in particular in modern Scandinavia, but things never used to be this way. Hygge has replaced Nordic Noir as the world’s favourite Scandi-import. But the festive season...
The wealth of Norway

Why Is Norway So Rich?

The Scandinavian nation is widely understood to be one of the wealthiest countries in the world. But is that really true and if so, why? Historically speaking, Norway was always the poor cousin of Sweden and...
The Vikings played a big part in the history of Norway

A Brief History of Norway

A whistle-stop tour of Norwegian history, from prehistoric times to the oil era, via the Vikings. Although modern Norway has only existed for 200 years, the story of the Nordic lands is a long one. From...
Rjukan: The Heavy Water War

The Heavy Water War

The most successful act of sabotage in World War II took place right here in Norway. Often-overlooked aspects of the Second World War are the actions of resistance movements across Europe. While Norway saw only a...
Norway during the Second World War

Norway in World War II

Invaded and torn apart, left on its own by allies, what role did Norway play during the Second World War? And what impact did the war have on the country and the people there? When the...
Langøyene with Oslo in the background

The Capital of Norway

Which city holds the title of Norway's capital? Oslo today, but the history of the title is a fascinating story. Did you know that Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and even Copenhagen have all laid claim to the...
Atlantic City Blew Away

The Day Atlantic City Blew Away

Norwegian researchers are working on mapping the geology of Jan Mayen Island, Norway’s most northwesterly territory. In the process, they also found ruins from Atlantic City, an American base from the Second World War. During the...