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A farm in western Norway, c.1890

Norwegian Genealogy: How To Find Your Ancestors

Thanks to a new historical population registry, it’s never been easier to research your own Norwegian family heritage. I know many of our regular readers are Norwegian Americans with relatives who left Norway several generations ago....
Aftermath of Tafjord landslide and tsunami

Remembering the Tafjord Tsunami of 1934

In 1934, part of a Norwegian mountain crashed into a fjord, causing a tidal wave that destroyed communities. “It has happened before. It will happen again.” That’s the infamous statement shown at the beginning of Bølgen,...
Norway troll holding a flag

Norway’s Flag: The Evolution of a Norwegian Icon

Discover the history of the Norway's flag and why it says so much about the nation as whole. In most cases, the flag of a nation is such an evocative symbol. Its patterns and colours immediately...
The Lewis chessmen on chess board

The Remarkable Story of the Lewis Chessmen

It's believed that these chessmen discovered buried in the sand on a Scottish island in the 19th century were made in Norway around 600 years earlier. The recent story of the medieval chess piece picked up...
Flames at Trondheim’s main city square

Trondheim in Flames

We dig into the city archives to bring you these historic shots of fires in Trondheim over the years. Welcome to the first in a new series here on Life in Norway. I’ve teamed up with...
Aircraft accidents in Norway

Norway’s Deadliest Air Accidents

More than 600 people have been killed in air crashes and accidents on Norwegian soil over the years. Here are some of the most notable accidents, along with the lessons learned. The majority of accidents with...
Ancient chewing gum in Scandinavia

Ancient Chewing Gum Reveals Secrets Of Stone Age Scandinavians

DNA from 10,000-year-old chewing gum reveals many secrets and habits of Stone Age Scandinavians. Chewing gum may seem like a modern habit but that’s apparently not quite the case. Scientists have recovered DNA that is nearly 10,000...
Viking ship sailing

Famous Vikings from History

We all know the Vikings – history’s most feared and famous globetrotting pillagers. Our endless fascination with Norse prehistory makes them the ideal subject for the TV drama series that bears their name. But who were...
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....
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...