Life

  • How to Survive the Dark Winters

    One question that Norwegians always ask me is: 'How do you like the darkness?' I always say: 'I love it!' They are often very surprised.

    It is typical for foreigners to be nervous about facing...

  • The Great Slumber

    I love trees. The shade they give, the colours they show and the sound they make in the wind. But, we have autumn in Norway. The leaves falling off the trees is definitely strange to me. They look...

  • Tromsø is All Uphill

    There is a saying in Tromsø:
    It's all uphill.
    But what goes up, must come down.

    We live on top of the hill on Tromsø island and the city centre lays straight below us. I like...

  • The Longest Word in Norway

    I always thought supercalifragilisticexpialidocious was the longest word in the world. Apparently, I am very wrong! Let me introduce you to Norwegian compound words. The basic...

  • A Social Norwegian

    Even though 'hello' is probably the most used word in any language you will probably not need to use it much in Norway. This is because Norwegians have an asocial society. If you are...

  • Bottle Bank

    Norway has a nationwide bottle recycling system to help prevent bottle litter. When buying a bottled drink you not only pay for the drink but also a deposit for the bottle. This means that the...