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Norwegian Easter traditions

Easter Traditions in Norway: A Real Mystery

Overdosing on crime fiction, the last ski trip of the season, or a first chance to get some sun: This is Easter in Norway! I've never been that fussed for Easter. Back in the UK, it...
FIB Bergen International Festival

Bergen International Festival 2016

The 2016 edition of the Bergen International Festival gets underway this week. The annual arts and culture festival was established in 1953 and is one of the biggest of its kind in the Nordics. Visitors can...
Norway

I’m not dumb. I’m just not Norwegian

There is no better way to humble yourself – should you want to – than by moving to a new country and learning a new language as an adult. And I am being kind when I...
Vemork hydroelectric plant

Another UNESCO World Heritage Award for Norway

The Rjukan/Notodden Industrial Heritage Site has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. The site includes hydroelectric power plants powered by the powerful natural waterfalls of the area, along with the transmission lines, factories, transport systems and towns....
remote control

The Best Norwegian TV Adverts: Take 2!

One of the most popular articles in the history of Life in Norway was my 2013 look at the best Norwegian TV adverts. Last time I claimed watching the adverts was a great way of picking...
Norwegian koselig

A Visual Guide to Koselig

Koselig is key to understanding the behaviour of Norwegians, especially at weekends! Koselig is the Norwegian schadenfreude. Not in meaning, of course. In fact taking joy from someone else's misfortune is about as un-Norwegian as it gets....
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...
Aker Brygge

Two New Museums for Oslo

Oslo's art community and tourism chiefs are celebrating as not one, but two major museum projects are given the go-ahead. The Munch Museum As the Munch 150 exhibition gets underway in Oslo, the brand new Munch...
Munch Museum Oslo

Munch 150 Gets Underway

The works of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch are in the global spotlight as Oslo welcomes visitors to its “Munch 150” exhibition, open from this week. Munch 150, a collaboration between the Munch Museum and the National...
Roller-skiing

The Lesser-Spotted Roller Skier

Living up in the hills of Holmenkollen, I am treated to a vast array of wildlife: birds, squirrels, spiders, slugs; the list is endless! But one species you may not be familiar with is the lesser-spotted roller skier....