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Norway’s Slow TV Goes Global

Slow TV in Norway

One of the most curious things about watching TV in Norway is the popularity of ‘slow TV‘. The simple concept is the total opposite of the instant gratification style of reality TV. Producers pick a topic and spend hours, days, even weeks digging into it in excruciating detail.

State broadcaster pioneered the concept in 2009 with the live broadcast of the famous Oslo to Bergen railway journey, filmed from the perspective of the driver at the front of the train.

The famous 500km railway reaches over 1,200 metres above sea level as it crosses the Hardangervidda plateau in central Norway. When the scenic views were interrupted by the 182 tunnels on the line, the show broadcast interviews with passengers, former workers and historians.

It is estimated that at least 25% of Norwegians watched at least part of the broadcast!

Since then, shows have included the full length of the Hurtigruten coastal ferry journey, a knitting marathon, and an oddly compelling all-night bonfire.

Slow TV is coming to a TV set near you!

Those outside of Norway have struggled to access some of the biggest hits of slow TV, even though British Airways recently included the Oslo to Bergen railway journey on their long-haul flights. But now, the full range of Norway's slow TV hits are available on Netflix in the United States, and several other countries.

The full list of available slow TV shows:

  • National Firewood Evening
  • National Firewood Morning
  • National Firewood Night
  • National Knitting Evening
  • National Knitting Morning
  • National Knitting Night
  • Northern Passage
  • Northern Railway
  • Salmon Fishing
  • The Telemark Canal
  • Train Ride Bergen to Oslo

I do hope you enjoy one of Norway's cultural treasures! For those unable to access the shows at the moment, here's a little teaser:

Norway Weekly Email Newsletter

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About the Author: David Nikel

Originally from the UK, David now lives in Trondheim and was the original founder of Life in Norway back in 2011. He now works as a freelance writer for technology companies in Scandinavia.

4 Comments

  1. Dear Dave

    I cannot thank you enough for the website,it is a veritable gold mine of information,it is well laid out,written and produce.
    I am planning to relocate to Bergen next year.I am 46,childless and never married and more over i am a self employed E-mini day trader.This allows me to reside pretty well anywhere in this world as long as i can have access to a broadband internet stream to connect my 6 screens and 2 laptops.I know how expensive Norway is that is why i am endeavoring to raise a tidy sum so i can find something really nice through BNB agency to reside for 6mths in Bergen.AS you advise i plan to arrive in October of next year in order to experience the fall and winter,i am Canadian so weather shouldn’t be a problem.
    One thing for sure David i am getting out of this nightmare called North America(i.e.Canada/USA),regardless of the election outcome in November this place as we speak nothing more than a runaway train heading off a cliff.
    Finally being a bachelor i wonder if it could be possible to have a section in the website where we could have input from other man whom like myself relocated to Norway single only to able to land a Norge Valkyrie after their arrival.I consider Scandinavian women to be the top ladies on this planet because they are the “total package”and the Norge Valkyries to be the top of the Scandinavian clan!
    Take good care Dave and again congratulation for the website
    Graig Sterling
    Toronto,canada

  2. I was introduced to lace making by a Dutch woman in her late 80’s here in the USA a few years ago and was fascinated by the complexity of it. I think it would make a great production for you.

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