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Winter driving conditions in Norway

Norway in the Winter

What is a Norwegian winter really like? Perhaps not as white and cold as you think! The nights are drawing in (fast), the temperatures are plummeting, and the Marius sweaters are everywhere. Yep, it's that time...
Storgata in Tromsø with Christmas lights

The Polar Nights

The Midnight Sun is an extraordinary phenomenon but the exact opposite – Polar Nights – can be just as spectacular. ‘As sure as the sun will rise’ is a quote from scripture meaning that something is...
Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway, in the early morning light

Halloween in Norway

American traditions around Halloween have become more popular in Norway in recent years. From trick-or-treating kids to pumpkin-spiced lattes, Halloween is now a part of modern Norwegian culture. How do Norwegians celebrate Halloween today? It took...
Gay resource groups in Norway

LGBT Resources in Norway

A collection of information and welfare resources for LGBT+ people living in or visiting Norway. Like their Nordic neighbours, Norwegians in general have a liberal attitude toward LGBT people. That said, newcomers to Norway – especially...
The prison system in Norway

Prisons in Norway: Inside a Norwegian Jail

An in-depth look at the Norwegian prison system, which is known around the world for its focus on rehabilitation and its low reoffending rates. Like many social institutions in the country, Norway’s prison system has been...
Utøya Island in Norway

22 July on Netflix

Streaming now on Netflix, 22 July is a chilling dramatisation of of the 2011 terror attacks and the struggles of the survivors. The movie is the work of British director Paul Greengrass, someone with a long...
Mari Boine running with a horse on a beach

Mari Boine: The Sound of the Sami

Her minimalist folk songs have helped transform the image of the Norwegian Sami. Now the rest of the world is starting to pay attention. Mari Boine is without doubt one of the most famous Sami people in Norway....
Growing old in Norway

Norway Best for Elderly Living

New research places Norway top of the Ageing Society Index, which attempts to rank countries based on how they are handling the transition to an ageing population. A team of researchers and policy experts from the...
The Nordic noir genre of crime, thriller and mystery writing.

Nordic Noir

The genre of dark crime stories with bleak Scandinavian settings has a huge following around the world. The upcoming release of Wisting based on the books by Jørn Lier Horst is the latest in a long line...
A movie clip from Skjelvet

The Quake: Disaster Strikes Oslo

Disaster returns to Norway with Skjelvet (The Quake), a follow up to the 2015 movie The Wave. For anyone that enjoyed Bølgen (The Wave), you’ll be delighted to hear that disaster has returned to Norway! Yes,...