A Frog in the Fjord

A non-serious and slightly humoristic study of Norwegian culture, cuisine and customs, and sometimes other stuff. In French and in English

Remembering Utøya’s First Anniversary

“I will tell your story if you die. I will tell your story, and keep you alive… I’ve always had the feeling we would die young” sings a soulful thin … Continue reading

July 22, 2014 · 8 Comments

Why the French are so arrogant (and why Norwegians aren’t)

My home country, France, is internationally known for its great wine, food, kisses, seductors and philosophers. What a creative nation: as good in bed as in the kitchen. But there … Continue reading

July 12, 2014 · 4 Comments

What to do in Finland? Get Drunk in a Sauna

It is finally the summer holidays, why write about saunas and about Finland? Well this year I had this strange idea of spending parts of my summer holidays in Finland. … Continue reading

July 2, 2014 · 6 Comments

How to Integrate in Norway?

Trying to integrate in Norwegian society? Don’t bother dyeing your hair blond and buying a Marius sweatshirt to look like those guys on the picture. Rather follow these ground rules … Continue reading

June 17, 2014 · 24 Comments

Where on Earth is Syden?

When one asks a Norwegians where they went on holidays, some reply they had a great time in “Syden”. “Oh Syden! Yeah right. Everyone knows where that is”. Mmmh well, … Continue reading

May 30, 2014 · 11 Comments

Every Rule You Should(‘nt) Break on Norway’s National Day

Norwegians will tell you there are no rules on the 17th may, their National day, and it is true to a certain extent. On this day celebrating their nation’s independance … Continue reading

May 14, 2014 · 15 Comments

Another Odd Norwegian Scandal: Purreløk i Plast

If you’ve been reading the newspapers lately you noticed that there are pictures of leeks all over the place (purreløk = leek in English = poireau in French). This seems … Continue reading

May 8, 2014 · 14 Comments

How to Become A Famous Norwegian Blogger

Dreaming of becoming a famous blogger? Or just wanting to get famous? It is completely possible in Norway if you follow this couple of advice I will give you. You … Continue reading

May 6, 2014 · 20 Comments

The Norwegian Tax System Explained

The first thing you do when arriving in Norway is to get a tax card at the Tax authorities. You will not understand anything of what it says, except that everyone … Continue reading

April 30, 2014 · 7 Comments

How to Become Fluent in Norwegian (Or Die Trying)

Unless you are some kind of language genius “What can I say, I have a good ear for languages” annoying kind of person, learning anything from Russian to Tahitian in … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · 31 Comments
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