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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • When invited home

    Scandinavians are usually a bit reserved whet it comes to inviting strangerrs, but if you manage to be friends with anyone there's a chance you'll be invited home. This does not mean anything else than that you're invited home. It does not mean that you can spend the night or anything else. You're simply invited to sit down for a chat. Perhaps with...

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  • Taking a walk

    Living in Malm?, I've been made avare of something completely Norwegian that I really hadn't thought of before moving here. Most Norwegians are in some way addicted to the nature. Any given day with decent weather, and you'll see us hiking in the woods or making our way deep into the wildernes. It's called turg?ing, and living where I live I miss...

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  • Strange letters

    In Scandinavia we have three letters more than the english alfabet. They are ??? (in swedish) and ??? (in Danish and Norwegian)The sound is like this:?/? like "a" in the american "fancy"?/? like "ea" in "learn"? like "a" in "law"The letters are not always shown in VT-pages. It's a recuring phenomenon that I cannot control. If you cannot see them...

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  • St. Lucia

    If you're anywhere in Scandinavia on December 13th, you might run into a little prosession. We celebrate St. Lucia (even if were almost all protestant).The story goes like this: When the first christians where in a cold, dark and wet caves. They were starving. Enemy soldiers where everywere outside the caves, killing every christian they could...

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  • Midsummer celebrations

    Although not as huge as the midsummer celebration in Sweden, Norway (and Denmark) celebrate the logest day of the year and the shortest night. A big fire is lit, upon which a whitch is thrown (not a live one: a doll). It's being celebrated less and less, but you should be able to find out where to go. The date is always on June 23rd.

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  • On time

    Being on time is regarded as polite in all Scandinavia. On time means that if you're invited to a party you should not come more than a few minutes before the agreed time, and not 10 minutes after. Busses, trains etc. leave on the exact spot on time, and do not wait for anyone.

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  • Knots of the "Russ"

    There is a tradition in Norway that the senior students in videreg?ende (Norwegian equivalent of high school) get a bit crazy around May. They are celebrating the end of the School. During this celebration they have something called knuteregler (Knot rules), and some of them are worth knowing about. The rules vary a bit from year to year but some...

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  • Dress code in Scandinavia

    Were pretty informal when it comes to dress code here in Scandinavia. Some would say were a bit slubish. On an ordinary workday people wear jeans and a sweater or a shirt. Office workers to unless they are higher up the corporate ladder. On occation people wear suits to work, but that's mostly when they have official visitors.When going to a...

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  • 17th of May: Constitution day

    In 1814 Napoleon lost his wars, and Denmark was on the wrong side. Sweden was on Brittains side, and wanted Norway as a prize for going to war with Napoleon. The treaty of 1814 written in Kiel stated that Norway no longer should be under Danish controll, but Swedish. However: The feeling in Norway wasn't on the Swedish side. Elections were held all...

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  • local food

    as a kid i remeber we often went out to eat.... but not in a restaurant or cafe but to the a local place the had vouluntaires for instance the local forball club offerd homemade food by local mums for a little amount of money ....and it helped the fotball club out with some very well needed money for the kids sports activityu get dinner , dessert...

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  • Ringnes

    Ringnes is so far my favourite Norwegian beer. It is a good pilsner style beer and if you can get that extra strong one it is even better.

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  • High on the rocky mountainside

    Large parts of Norway are mountainous, with hardly any or no access at all. But Norwegians are a hardy and daring folk. Their tunnels drilled right through the mountains and roads on the edge of fjords are real feats of engineering. Electric pylons stand right on the sheer rocky mountainsides (see the picture to my Lysebotn general tip). Houses...

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