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Norwegian flag over the water

Sailing on the Drammensfjord

I missed out on one Norwegian tradition last year – the work summer party. Held before the big July shutdown, it normally involves getting together with your colleagues and heading for a cabin in the woods or...
Bislett Games Oslo

Usain Bolt Wins at the Bislett Games

Usain Bolt blew away the competition in Oslo on Thursday night to take the 100m title at the Bislett Games. Half-way through the race it looked as if his countryman and main rival for Olympic Gold,...
Vålerenga fans at Lillestrøm

The Norwegian El Clásico – LSK vs VIF

This weekend saw the biggest local rivalry in Norwegian football, the Oslo-Akershus derby between Lillestrøm (LSK) and Vålerenga (VIF). Lillestrøm are known by many outside Norway due to their regular appearances in Europe during the 80s...

My First Ice Hockey Experience

Like in much of Europe, most Norwegian football teams are part of a wider sports club. The Vålerenga IF sports club consists primarily of football, handball and ice hockey, alongside other sports such as basketball and...
Molde v Strømsgodset kick-off

Heads Up! Tippeligaen is Back

It was very easy to miss, but the new Norwegian Premier League season got underway tonight. Easy to miss, because most Norwegian eyes are focused on Manchester and the battle for the English title. The Norwegian...
Biathlon Pursuit in Oslo

Ski’n, Shoot’n, Freez’n – My Introduction to Biathlon

I spent most of last year worrying how I would cope with my first Scandinavian winter. Little did I know I would experience the mildest winter Norway has seen for years, with the snow arriving late...
Rosenborg football

The Norwegian Obsession With English Football

As I write this I'm sitting in my Oslo apartment watching a popular Norwegian TV channel, TV2 Zebra, sort of the Channel 4 of Norway. Any guesses as to what I'm watching? A two-hour English football special,...
Me getting cold in Lillehammer

The Winter Olympic Town of Lillehammer

This Saturday I packed my furry boots, thermos and countless layers of clothing for my first visit inland. My destination was the small town of Lillehammer, 170km due north of Oslo on the shores of Lake...

Heia Enga – Vålerenga 3 Viking 0

This weekend I hosted my parents for the first time since I moved to Oslo. On the Friday night I took them to the Ullevaal for their (and my) first Vålerenga match, versus Viking. I’d been...

Oslo Marathon 2011

Thousands of runners took to the streets of Oslo today for the 2011 Oslo Marathon. I was exhausted just watching. The course is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque out there. It starts and ends at...