The young Norwegian footballer who signed for Real Madrid is now making a name for himself in the Dutch League. As a 16-year-old, Martin Ødegaard was the name on the lips of every football fan (or at least, those who could pronounce his name) when he signed for Spanish giants Real Madrid. It brought to the end months of speculation on who the Strømsgodset star would sign for, with Bayern … [Read more...]
Norwegians have a very specific reputation around the world, but what are they really like? This section of the site is our attempt to answer that question!
We'll look at typical stereotypes, and whether some of the most famous Norwegian people live up to them or not.
One of the greatest ever Norwegian athletes, professional biathlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen has recently announced his retirement at the age of 44. The most successful ever male Winter Olympian, Ole Einar Bjørndalen is a true Norwegian sporting icon. He dominated the sport of biathlon for two decades, winning eight Winter Olympic gold medals and an astonishing 20 world titles in a glittering … [Read more...]
Norwegian footballers made a splash in the Premier League in the 1990s, but who are the famous names of today? Like most of the world, football is a pretty big sport in Norway. Following skiing and other winter sports of course! Though the men's national team of Norway has enjoyed little success of late, there are still a number of players from the country that have been, or are, successful in … [Read more...]
From rising stars to one of the biggest names in pop that keeps on touring. Norway gets a lot of attention for its Black Metal scene, and while there have been a number of Norwegian bands to rise through the ranks of metal and glam rock, there is a whole host of other genres represented by Norwegian artists. Here is a list of 25 artists representing a few different genres that rock out … [Read more...]
The truths and the myths of widely-held views about Scandinavian people. What comes into your mind when you hear the word Scandinavia? Is your view of the Nordic people defined from experience? Or is it defined by things your parents told you, or what you've seen in the media or read online? A question of perspective Stereotyping of Scandinavian people differs greatly depending on your … [Read more...]
Meet the 37-year-old mother who just became the most successful Winter Olympian of all time. When Norway's Marit Bjørgen crossed the finish line of the women's cross-country skiing 30km mass start classic at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, BBC Sport commentator Ollie Williams was one of the few people to find the appropriate words: "This is a very special moment for us all to … [Read more...]
How many of these famous Norwegian people have you heard of? Norway is well known as a large exporter of petroleum, but this small country has its fair share of cultural exports as well. Here is a short list of some Norwegians that are, or once were, making waves outside of Scandinavia. Erik the Red Viking, 950-c.1003. Erik Thorvaldsson, a.k.a Erik the Red because of his mane of fire coloured … [Read more...]