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Aurora Borealis Norway

The Night The Northern Lights Came Out To Play

When friends and family from the UK ask me about life in Norway, they don't ask me how I cope with the winter, or how I cope with the cost of living. The first question is...
EU migrants in Norway

A Survey: Norway and the European Crisis

I've teamed up with the University of Oslo to ask for your input to a really interesting research project, titled The European crisis and the citizens. The project run by the ARENA Centre for European Studies...
Election campaigning

The Norwegian General Election

One expat's first experience of politics in Norway, including the 2013 Norwegian General Election results. Those who know me from back in the UK will know of my interest in politics. I've been a member of...

The Breathtaking Beauty of Fjord Norway

Have you ever been so overwhelmed by your surroundings that you shed a tear? Something so awe-inspiring you just had to let go of your emotions? Introducing the highlight of my summer vacation, the boat trip...
A cruise ship in Stavanger, Norway

My First Impressions of Stavanger

I started my new job on Monday. My first task was to fly to Stavanger for a three-day training course. Having never visited one of Norway's most important cities, I was pleased to be going, despite...
Tromsø in winter

26 Things I Learned From a Year in Norway

Observations on life in Norway after 12 months living in Oslo. A whole year has passed since I packed my bags and headed north to Scandinavian lands. Some days I can't believe it's gone so quickly,...

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...
Blocks of brunost, Norwegian brown cheese

Brunost: Norwegian Brown Cheese

One of Norway's most intriguing foods (to foreigners at least) is eaten daily by many Norwegians for breakfast, lunch, or as a snack. Norway’s national diet harks back to its days as a poor country, with...
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...