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The Norwegian marius knitting pattern on a sweatshirt

The Marius Sweater: An Icon of Norway

The Marius sweater is a true Norwegian icon. We take a look at the origins of this instantly recognisable knitting pattern. With the possible exception of brown cheese, few things are so recognisably Norwegian as the...
Norwegian lefse on a plate in a Norway kitchen.

Lefse: A Guide to the Norwegian Classic

From a traditional homemade staple to a quick on-the-go snack from a gas station or even a fancy dish at a wedding, the Norwegian lefse has a long history. Here's what you need to know about...
Norwegian wine glasses

Alcohol in Norway: Regulations, Tax Rates & Where to Buy It

The sale of alcohol is subject to strict government regulations. And then there's the tax, and the duty. Here’s what you need to know about buying alcohol in Norway. It's a mistake every new arrival to...
Old and New Architecture in Norway

Architecture in Norway: The Old & The New

Architecture in Norway is a mix of many styles both modern and traditional. There is certainly plenty to absorb in the country both as a tourist and for those who appreciate varied architecture. When people picture...
A pile of Norwegian newspapers

Norwegian Newspapers: Where to Read News in Norway

A look at how Norwegians consume news today, from national daily papers to online publications aimed at specific audiences. The earliest newspapers in America and Britain grew out of conversations in coffee houses and pubs. They...
The Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen wrote A Doll's House

Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House

A Doll’s House is Henrik Ibsen’s greatest and his most famous play. If you haven’t read or seen it yet, here’s why you should. The playwright Henrik Ibsen is Norway’s most famous literary figure. During the second...
Norwegian man smoking

Smoking in Norway

A history of smoking in Norway, from the law changes that banned smoking in public areas to the rise of snus. Like many other countries around the world, Norway has changed its smoking laws in recent times....
Christian dove symbolising pinse

Pinse: A Public Holiday in Norway

If you're a native English speaker, you'll know it as pentecost or whitsun. Here in Norway, it's pinse. But what exactly is it? Let's look at the meaning of this public holiday in Norway. Pinse is...
Mountain hiker in Norway on Ascension Day

Ascension Day: A Public Holiday in Norway

Kristi himmelfartsdag is a public holiday in Norway. Here's what you need to know about the day known internationally as Ascension Day. Ascension Day a christian-based holiday celebrated around the world. While Norway split church from state...
Earthquakes in Norway and Scandinavia

Earthquakes in Norway

A look at the terrifying but fascinating earthquakes that have struck Norway and the Scandinavia region in recent history. The topic even inspired a recent Norwegian movie. Earthquakes and Norway are two words that thankfully don’t often...