Remember the days before Google?
No, me neither. But apparently, you had to look up facts in books. Real books, with hard covers, on shelves, in libraries.
In 2014, Google holds the answers to all of life's questions, but do you ever wonder what exactly people all around the world are searching for? When you start typing into the Big G, it cleverly tries to second-guess your question, giving you several of the most likely search queries for you to pick from.
Because I had nothing better to do today, I had some fun…
Now there's an interesting set of suggestions! First up, Norwegians don't hate Swedes. Sure, all the Scandinavians have a friendly rivalry, but it's not one of hatred. Go see Scandinavia and the World for a better explanation. As for “why do Norwegians look Asian”, I'm lost with that one…
One could argue the answer to the third question is given by the first two! Norway is so rich (and to a large extent, so expensive) due to one simple thing – oil. The Sovereign Wealth Fund – or Norway's savings account – stands at 5.1 trillion kroner. As for why Norway is so happy, last year I asked have the Norwegians got it right?, but it's a topic I want to explore further this year.
Oslo is not the capital of Iran. No, me neither.
Regular readers will know Bergen isn't my favourite place in Norway. But boring? There's a whole load of events in Bergen throughout the year, a great live music scene, and the second busiest airport in Norway, if you want to get away 😉
As for whether Bergen is north of Tromsø… no, Tromsø is a two-hour flight north of Bergen!
Are Norwegians weird? haha! Well, I've been writing about them for over two years and to be honest, you tell me, they've become normal to me now! But rich and arrogant? Rich yes, in relative terms, but the arrogance question is an interesting one.
I'd say Norwegians appear rude, mainly because the language is short, direct, and there's no word for please. So perhaps it's this perceived rudeness that is taken for arrogance?
Norwegian is hard. Norwegian is easy. I wonder if that's the same people searching? 🙂
Norwegian is supposed to be the easiest language for a native English speaker to learn, but it's definitely not a beautiful language. Most natives I know think it's a harsh sounding language that isn't suited to songs, poetry etc.
He may have lost the Norwegian General Election last year, but Jens Stoltenberg still has plenty of fans around the world, it would seem!