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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....
Handcuffs on the Norwegian flag

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 public holidays

Public Holidays in Norway 2020

Planning a trip, a hike, or simply a relaxing day at home? Find out when the next public holidays are in Norway with our handy guide, updated every year. On top of the generous vacation allowance...
Coffee culture in Scandinavia

Coffee Culture in Norway

The story of the Norwegian love of coffee and discover the best places to join the locals. If you’ve never been to the region it may surprise you that people in the Nordic countries drink a...
A celebration of gay rights in Norway

LGBT Equality: Gay Rights in Norway

According to recent surveys, Norway is one of the world's best countries to be LGBTQ+. We take a look at the history of gay rights in Norway and what barriers remain in place. Recent research by...
Norwegian lunch food: Mills Polar Kaviar in a tube

Must-Try Foods From a Norwegian Supermarket

Norwegian cuisine is easily accessible to visitors and new arrivals. Discover the weird and wonderful food items you can buy from a supermarket in Norway. Whether you are moving to another country or just visiting, one...
Snow-covered Norway spruce in Oslo forest

Norway Spruce: A Classic Norwegian Christmas Tree

The Norway spruce is a large, fast-growing evergreen coniferous tree found throughout the forests of southern and eastern Norway. I'm sure you saw the recent negative media coverage of the Norwegian tree gifted to London. The...
Smartphone apps to use in Norway

Must-Have Apps for Everyday Life in Norway

Whether you are an iOS or an Android person, apps make everyday life in Norway easier. Here are the ones you should know about. “There's an app for that,” as the saying goes. But it can...
The Norwegian Kvikk Lunsj chocolate bar

Kvikk Lunsj: A Truly Iconic Norwegian Brand

The most popular snack in Norway by a distance is this humble four-finger chocolate-covered wafer. Introducing a true Norwegian icon: Kvikk Lunsj. In such a healthy and active country as Norway, I find it hard to...
The Aurlandsfjellet snow road in Norway

The Pros and Cons of Living in Norway

What is so great and not so good about living in Norway? One recent arrival reveals all based on his experiences so far. Life in Norway gets tons of emails from people asking if they should...