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Children on 17th May

My First 17th of May

I look around and wonder, is this 2016? Or am I in one of the most bizarre cross-cultural dreams of my life? I did not see anyone wearing New York Yankees ball caps (in my vicinity)...
17 May

My First Year in Norway

I receive a lot of emails from people asking what life is like in Norway, whether it’s hard to find work, what they can expect in the first year and whether it’s worth it. I’ve been...
17 Mai

Norway gets ready to party!

In a few days, Norway comes together to celebrate syttende mai (17th of May), the anniversary of the signing of the Norwegian constitution. Although Norway didn't become fully independent until 1905, the Eidsvoll agreement of 1814 was...
Norwegian Russ

Norwegian Russ – Silly Season is Here

Those new to Norway will notice some bizarre sights between now and 17th May: Teenagers lounging around the place wearing coloured (usually red) overalls Party buses cruising the roads playing bass-heavy music Fountains full of washing-up...
Constitution Day Parade in Oslo

Best of the Blogs – May 2012

Here's our round-up of the best Norway-related blog posts you may have missed over the last month. Where's Andrew? How can I start this month's round-up with anyone else!? For the last few weeks Norway has...
Instagram picture from 17th May in Oslo

Happy Birthday Norway!

On Thursday the whole of Norway got together to celebrate its 198th birthday. Last year I had only been in the country for two weeks before the festivities began. I had little idea of what to...