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Labour Day parade 2012 in Oslo

May 1: Labour Day in Norway

As with much of the world, Norway celebrates Labour Day on May 1. Here's what you can expect if you find yourself downtown on the day. Norway’s Labour Day will look very different this year under...
Cartoon depicting Norse and Norwegian mythology

Norwegian Mythology & Folk Tales

A country's mythology and folklore provides a window into its culture, society and history. That's especially true in Norway, which has a rich Norse mythology along with plenty of folk tales. Let's dive in! Most people...
Norwegian flatbread on a plate

Norwegian Flatbread: A Traditional Favourite

The history of Norwegian flatbread and how it became a traditional favourite in Norway. There's also a recipe so you can try making some yourself. Norwegian flatbread (or flatbrød in Norwegian) is a traditional food favourite in...
Woman walking a dog on a mountain hike in Norway

Dogs in Norway

Take a stroll to the park and it will seem as if every Norwegian owns a dog. As with much of the world, dogs in Norway are a common family pet. Here's everything you need to...
Happy man at Trolltunga in Norway

Norway Falls In 2020 Happiness Rankings

Finland once again tops the charts in the World Happiness Report. The five Nordic countries all rank high, but Norway drops to fifth. Let's take a look at the details. So we are in the middle...
Bad skier in Norway

5 Things To Do In Norway Instead Of Skiing

If you can't ski or you simply don't enjoy it, don't despair! There's still plenty of things you can do in Norway to get out and about. If you've ever been to Norway – or been...
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...