Norway Local Customs

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Norway Local Customs

  • Culture

    Bergen Local Customs

    Every town has its local meeting place. In Bergen this meeting town is called the blue stone. The nine meters long sculpture made with Brazilian Sodalite ( i have no idea what that means) is located in Olav VS plass (the area between Torgallmeningen and Torggaten).

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  • Fresh Fish, Shellfish, Crabs and Shrimp

    Stavanger Local Customs

    Available at the dock between the oil museum and the huge parking garage. Get there early if you want to buy crabs because they never last! One of the best benefits of living by the sea is the easy access to the fruits of the sea. There's nothing like fresh seafood and shellfish on a cold and gray Saturday. The smoked salmon available from a 100...

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  • Students

    Trondheim Local Customs

    One you see half-naked guys ruunning in their underwear around town in August you can be sure that the new academic year has started. That's just one of the rituals they have for their freshmen. Another sure sign that the new term at NTNU has started is a traditional maritime race across the river Nidelva in improvised “boats”. That is, teams...

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  • Festivals

    Bergen Local Customs

    I was so luck that I have experienced Matfest i Bryggen in 2005. You can taste lots of traditional food( brown cheese, smoked salmon ..etc) and take the opportunity of reasonable prices. Colourful &awesome atmosphere . This year it is going to be held on : 7-9 September 2007

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  • Broken Umbrella & Broken Bicycle

    Stavanger Local Customs

    This is a brilliant Norwegian concept based on, and in answer to Broken Column, a set of sculptures that an Englishman placed about town. Broken Umbrella is a popular interactive work in which many loosely associated artists participate. The umbrellas, once transformed to appear to be broken, are placed about town, but not actually secured to the...

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  • Bike lift

    Trondheim Local Customs

    A funny installation in Trondheim for getting up the steep hill (Brubakken) with your bike. It takes you almost all the way up to the fortress. You need a key card to use it (Tourist office at Torvet - or at the Dromedar Coffe bar next to where the lift starts)

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  • People

    Bergen Local Customs

    Henrik Ibsen, a Norwegian playwright, lived in Bergen for a few years where he wrote, directed and produced plays You can see a rather creepy statue of him by Nils Raa (1981) in front of the National Theater. I'm not terribly familiar with his work although I recognize some of the names-"A Doll's House", "Peer Gynt" and "Hedda Gabler". The only one...

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  • Lutefisk - Lyed fish

    Stavanger Local Customs

    Around Christmastime in Norway, my Norwegian family took me out to eat lutefisk in a restaurant. They said it was a fish-speciality that you usually only have about once a year. Whereas my host mother was quite keen on it, my little host-sister already indicated with grimaces what she thought of it. And actually, my host mother was the only one who...

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  • Saturday protests

    Trondheim Local Customs

    Every Saturday there are protests and marches around town and by simply looking you would think that people in this country and city are really fed up with their poor lives and living conditions. The fact is that Norwegians are among the richest nations in the world but are still very sensitive for the World order. So, it is one of the rituals...

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  • 17th of May

    Bergen Local Customs

    The parade taking place on the 17th of May is a must-see for sure! It begins with boys playing drums (the sound spreads all over the city), you can watch interesting national costumes (I liked especially the men socks), old cars and at the end representatives from different sports and other activities participate in the parade. They show different...

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  • Fotball (Soccer) Rosenborg

    Trondheim Local Customs

    Rosenborg Ballklub is the pride of the city, and the entire nation since they made such an impact on the European Championship League. The best football club in Norway, and champions year after year. It is now eleven or twelve years in a row!! Probably a world record. Home ground (25,000) is at Lerkendal Stadium, and the atmosphere is fantastic...

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  • St Olav

    Trondheim Local Customs

    Not only is local hero St Olav big in York too, where a central church has his name. Trondheim's symbol is a rose, uncanningly similar to the white rose of Yorkshire! Wonder if the typical English roses were St Olav designed? This one was found on a building in Bakklandet :-)

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  • 17. mai/May 17th

    Trondheim Local Customs

    If you thought this habit of Saturday marches are silly, wait untill you see how they calculate the number of participants. Every time we have certain protests in Croatia organisers and opposition can’t agree on the number of participants, sometimes having differences in estimated numbers of up to several hundred thousands. Well, since Trondheim...

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  • Mailboxes

    Trondheim Local Customs

    As everywhere in Norway also in Trondheim you’ll find those funny groups of mailboxes along the major streets. It seems that Norwegian postmen are somewhat lazy so the Post office requires neighbours to agree and make a group of mailboxes instead of installing individual mailboxes in front of each house. This is one of the smaller examples, and...

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  • Antique books

    Trondheim Local Customs

    One of the best antique bookstores in Norway, and always a temptation for a booklover like me when I visit Trondheim. They have a first-class selection of used and antique books. Wangsmo Antikvariat AS Adress: Vår Frue Strete 1 - 7013 Trondheim. Located next to Vår Frues Kirke (church)

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  • The delicious water

    I haven't tried anywhere else in the world more delicious water than the one in Norway. In Bulgaria the water is not bad but not so good and many people prefer to buy mineral or natural water from the grocery (who knows if it's really natural?!?!). The Norwegian water reminds me how as kids we were drinking the water from the village sink after we...

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  • great art nouveau streetlamps

    You will find some interesting and great art nouveau streetlamps in Kristiansand as well ! The one in my main picture is situated in front of the cathedral !

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  • the pot-holes of Kristiansand

    For me it always again a lot of fun to watch out for the local pot-holes, when I come to a new city. In Kristiansand they also use their own design for it, shownig the Domkirke, the townhall and another house I did not recognize.

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  • Long Summer Nights and Appropriate...

    After trying to spend the last few weeks sleeping in the long summer days of Scandinavia, I was starting to get frustrated that every hotel, hostel, cabin, etc. had curtains that barely blocked out the light.I had seen long days in the northern parts of Canada and Alaska before, but not for extensive periods of time, so it was starting to effect my...

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  • Farikal

    Origin: NorwayFarikal means mutton (far) and cabbage (kal) stew. Note the "a" should be the Norwegian "a" with a circle on top which is pronounced like the "ou" in "fought." Farikal is a very tasty dish with lamb flavour. Served best with boiled potatoes.1.5 kg lamb from neck, shank or breast, together with the bones, cut into serving-size...

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  • Must hear: Röyksopp

    They are Norwegian duo coming from Tromso, growing surrounded by glacial imagery, Northern Lights and light summers. Torbjorn Brundtland and Svein Berge managed to capture the atmosphere of Norwegian landscapes in their music so well that once you hear their album Melody AM you'll just have to listen and listen all over again. I discovered Röyksopp...

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  • Molde and all that Jazz

    Molde is not only a great place to go for an excellent panorama of the sea surrounded by hundreds of mountains, but Molde is also very well known as the City of Roses and even more as the "city of Jazz" : They have a regular Jazz-festival and in the port you will find this monument of a Jazz-player with a part of the great panorama that Molde is...

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  • Meet the trolls of Norway

    Trolls are nice creatures that you will find in many places of Scandinavia and one of them is waiting for you inside the Nordkapphallen, posing patiently for the tourists photos like in my main photo.Trolls are living out in the woods and they are a lot smaller than the one here in my photos. The best place to meet the trolls are the souvenirshops...

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  • throw the money into that bomb-shell

    This old bomb-shell or sea-mine is used nowadays for collecting the entrance-fee for the museum of the fortress, you simply thrown in your money there before you enter the fortress through the main gate, that is really a funny way to save the money that a real ticket-office with employees would normally cost !

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  • There are some lockers in the...

    Inside the Hurtigruten-terminal you will find a few automatic lockers like shown in my photo. I dont think that this building is open day and night, but they have a souvenir- and newspapershop there as well, so they will certainly by open most of the day and then untill the last depariure of the hurtigruten-ship.

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  • Molde and all that Jazz

    Molde is also known as the city of Jazz : They have a regular Jazz-festival and in the port you will find this monument of a Jazz-player.This is the program for the Jazz-festivalMolde 2010and it includes also the weather-forecast

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  • a hell of a mailbox

    Watch out for the fancy mailboxes in Hell, some of them are beautifully decorated like the one with the Troll in my main photograph. Generally these postboxes are standing in the beginning of a street or housing-area and so the postman does not have to drive to each house seperately, when delivering the mail. Also the hell-hound in my 2nd photo...

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  • Go to hell, you lazy devils at Hell's...

    Go to hell, you lazy devils at Hell's postoffice !!!It took me quite some time to find nice postcards from Hell, place stamps on them and write messages to several of my friends at home who would have been happy to get a postcard with the cancellation-postmark of Hell. But all postcards got to Austria without any cancellation of the stamp, but in...

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  • Arctic Circle Ceremony

    On our second night on the Hurtigruten coastal steamer, we were able to attend a special maritime ceremony commemorating our crossing of the Arctic Circle. Truth be told, we boarded the boat after the ship crossed the Arctic Circle (we'd actually crossed it while we were on the train from Uppsala to Abisko several days earlier), but we figured we...

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  • Norway liquor giving

    Yeah, liquor in particular is quite expensive in Norway. That's why every time I visit, I make sure to buy a couple of extra bottles at the duty-free shops in Schiphol or other airport first. The Norwegians really appreciate it, and it has guaranteed a full attendance at each of my presentations there (suggested by my previous boss, who used to be...

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  • Vorspiels & nachspiels

    I have many non-norwegian friends who thinks that the vorspiels and nachspiels are a very strange tradition. I have never actually thought about it before they mentioned it - but as it is a very normal custom in Norway I thought I might write a bit about it.Having a vorspiel is very normal in Norway, nachspiels too - but maybe not as often. I'm not...

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  • Cabins

    Another thing that the norwegians love is to go to cabins. Many people have their own, some companies have cabins that the employees can use and there are plenty of cabins for rent.In summer people like going to cabins close to the sea, where they can go out with boats and enjoy the sealife. In winter it's more popular to go to mountains close to...

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  • Barbequing

    There is one thing that we norwegians love doing, and that is barbequing. As the summer is not so long we will use any oppurtunity for having a barbeque. The most usual is to buy a engangsgrill (one-time disposable barbeque) and some pølse (sausage). On the warmest days in summer it can be almost impossible to find a shop that still has more...

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  • Vacation of hotel staff - hotel closed

    The tourist season in Norway is in summer. We were there in July, several hotels (around Haugesund) were closed for two weeks because the whole staff went on vacation at the same time. It's true that July is a nice time for vacations for Norwegians too. I think of several other countries where people really need to make a living from the tourists,...

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  • mack

    That is one of the local popular brands of beer, and when you look at the weather, you know exactly why you need many of those

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  • Nordlands

    Nordlands is one of the best beers in Norway, not sure how north it is brewed, but probably one of the most Nordics beers in the world.

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  • Myths and Legends

    Whether they are "petrified trolls" or "witch faces", fantastic rock formations abound in Northern Norway and have given birth to uncountable legends and popular myths.

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  • Love for country cottages

    Norwegians seem to be a very peace-loving people. Even if there is no trace of stress or rush in their lifes, they all seem to look for isolation and loneliness. That is why the country is dotted with small wooden houses in the most unsuspected places where locals go as soon as they have a little bit of free time.

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  • Northernmost Windmill Farm?

    From the coastal steamer, we were able to see this windmill farm. We were north of Hammerfest, so I expect this is the northernmost windmill farm. I have no confirmation of this, however. This seems to me a very sensible and environmentally friendly way to produce electricity, especially in an area as windy as this. Interestingly enough, American...

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  • Vinmonopolet

    Norway has rather strict alcohol regulations. If you want to buy anything stronger than "weak beer" (what Americans might know as "near-beer"), you must go to a State-controlled liquor store. At the "Vinmonopolet," you can buy wine, "strong" beer, and other spirits. Americans might find it familiar with the alcohol restrictions imposed in the U.S....

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  • Aass beer

    This is another one of Norway's good beers. But not as good as Ringnes.This Aass brewery located in a small town not far away from Oslo.

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  • national day

    17th of may is our national day and its celebrated diffrent depending on where u arein norwayhere are some examples :OSLO has the children parade around 10 in the morning that pass the palace and wave to the royal family in the aftenoon the drunk senior students are wearing their red or blue clothes (not much to look at)u will also find concerts in...

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  • Camping in Norway

    I have noticed during our trip that camping is a very popular way of spending the holiday in the fjords.You can see all around the fjords area plenty of campings with wooden cottages covered with grass, campers and tents offering all the necessary comfort.And almost all were full of tourists!

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  • Vikings ship model in Loen church

    In most of Norway's wooden/stave churches there is a model of a Vikings ship.Although it may seem strange to see this model in a church, it is said that the Vikings ship represents the journey of the dead person?s soul from this life to the eternal one.This seems to be an old custom from the Vikings' times.

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  • Where to buy alcohol

    Sweden and Norway have a stately imposed monopoly on selling alcohol to the public. The swedish monopolt is calles Systembolaget, while it's Norwegian counterpart is Vinmonopolet. Prices vary but it's generally cheaper to buy on Systembolaget than in Vinmonoplet. Its almost always more expensive in Systembolaget than in countries without...

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