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Norwegian National Day celebrations

How To Be Norwegian

You’ve just made the move to Norway and wonder how to fit in? Admittedly, Norwegians can seem quirky at first and there might be lots of things that might baffle you about their culture but really,...
The janteloven attitude of Norway

What Exactly Is Janteloven?

Ever wondered why Norwegians are the way they are? The answer, at least in part, lies in the societal norms known as the law of jante. Once you've lived in Norway for a while, you'll come...
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....
Norwegian Church in Minneapolis

Discovering Minnesota’s Norwegian-American Community

The Norwegian-American roots in the Twin Cities are clear for any visitor to see. I previously talked about the surprising number of Americans with Norwegian heritage, more in fact, than the native population of Norway today....
Norwegian flag over the water

Have the Norwegians got it right?

As a prominent blogger in Norway I receive a lot of questions by email. Generally these are from people keen to move to Norway, many from countries with severe economic problems such as Greece and Spain....
Lillebjørn Nilsen

Discovering Norwegian Music – Lillebjørn Nilsen

At last weekend's memorial concert, the rather difficult task of following the unscheduled appearance of Bruce Springsteen was handed to Lillebjørn Nilsen. There was no better person for it. An Oslo Folk Hero Not widely known...
A multilingual thank you

A Thousand Thank Yous

In my last contribution, we looked at how to not say “please” in Norwegian.  You may have gotten the impression (probably because I gave it to you) that Norwegians are rude queue-jumpers who constantly ask you...
Please in Norwegian

How To Say Please, Without Saying Please

Please make welcome Bryce Miller, our new regular blogger here on Life in Norway. Bryce, originally from Bonnie Scotland, has lived in Bergen for four years and will hopefully even out the Oslo-bias on the blog...