Entries Tagged ‘traditional’

The National Anthem of Norway

The “National Anthem” of Norway, Ja, vi elsker dette landet (Yes, we love this country) was written by romantic nationalist poet Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, with the music composed by his cousin Rikard Nordraak. Nordraak was only 21 when he composed the tune, and he died two years later from tuberculosis with some 40 works in his […]

Bunad – Norwegian Traditional Costumes

bunad-tronhiemThe bunad is a traditional Norwegian costume worn by both men and women. It can either come from established rural traditions or have a more modern design inspired by historical patterns and cuts.

Norwegian Wild Food

Food is very important in Norwegian culture, a proud part of their identity, however, food connoisseurs in Europe have always thought the Nordic countries lack quality and sophistication in their cuisine.  (Finland is always picked for the worst cuisine in Europe every year.) I find that the ideas behind food in Norway is very different […]

Flag of Norway

The flags of Norway developed from the age of the Vikings.  A raven banner was flown by many Viking chieftains from the ninth century and was often used as ‘weather-vanes’ (a kind-of weather compass to show the direction of the wind) on Viking Longships. In Old Norse the raven was a popular symbol and represented […]

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