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Lion statue outside the Norwegian parliament building in Oslo, Norway

Political Parties in Norway

Learn about the political parties in Norway with this introduction to the parties represented in the Norwegian parliament. When I moved to Norway a year after the 2010 British General Election, Norwegians had many questions for...
An apartment block borettslag in Trondheim, Norway

Borettslag: Cooperative Housing Ownership in Norway

Buying a home in a housing cooperative is a common method of home purchase in Norway. Let's take a look at the world of the borettslag. Having lived in apartments for the majority of my life,...
Norwegian open sandwich with pålegg

Pålegg: Norwegian Toppings for Sliced Bread

An everyday Norwegian word, pålegg describes the toppings and spreads that go on to open sandwiches and packed lunches. I’ve lived in Norway long enough now to understand the term pålegg (toppings Norwegians like put on...
Norway panorama of Ålesund at dusk

Norway Stats: Facts & Figures in 2020

Up-to-date Norway stats: Discover the statistics, facts and figures that help to explain and provide context about Norwegian life in 2020. Whether you're studying Scandinavia, researching an article or a paper about Norway, or just curious...
An image of ghosts in heaven and hell

Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts

Norway’s greatest playwright Henrik Ibsen wrote an important play in the middle part of his writing career called Ghosts. Here’s why it’s such a pivotal play and why you should check it out. Henrik Ibsen is...
The Norwegian marius knitting pattern on a sweatshirt

The Marius Sweater: An Icon of Norway

The Marius sweater is a true Norwegian icon – let's take a look at the origins of this instantly recognisable knitting pattern. Few things are so recognisably Norwegian –  with the possible exception of brown cheese –...
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...