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

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 · 18 Comments

How to Prepare for a Norwegian Easter

“So what do Norwegians usually do for Easter?” I ask my friend. “Usually we go to our cabin, go skiing and eat lots of eggs”. “Eggs? You mean chocolate eggs?” … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · 10 Comments

What to expect from a drunk Norwegian?

Before anything, gender equality reaches out to drunkenness in Norway. So don’t expect Norwegian women to drink a little and leave all the fun to the men. The French saying … Continue reading

March 30, 2014 · 14 Comments

Why do Norwegians Love Hearing about Norwegians?

Some time ago I heard this little story: An Italian, a French and a Norwegian are asked to study the elephant. The theme is free but it needs to be … Continue reading

March 20, 2014 · 16 Comments

La Norvège, sans doute le meilleur endroit au monde pour les femmes (Rue89-Nouvel Obs)

Diane Berbain est une blogueuse Francaise vivant à Bergen. Elle tient un blog sur Rue89, la platforme des blogs du Nouvel Observateur et a ecrit sur mon blog en Janvier … Continue reading

February 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

De likestilte vikigene (Aftenposten)

I am starting a new category called “The Frog in the News” where you’ll be able to find all the links to articles about the blog in mainstream media. My … Continue reading

February 23, 2014 · 2 Comments

What is a Butter Boss (smøresjef) and other Norwegian lessons from the Winter Olympics

Every “happening” in Norway is an opportunity for us foreigners to learn about Norwegian customs: wearing a bunad for the 17th of May, drinking oneself to death and sleeping with … Continue reading

February 21, 2014 · 3 Comments

Why do Norwegians lose it during the Winter Olympics?

It’s been the Winter Olympics for over a week now and Norway is on the edge. The edge of glory or the edge of a national crisis. As a foreigner … Continue reading

February 17, 2014 · 26 Comments

My Kick-Ass Brownie Recipe (This involves chocolate and happy Norwegians)

This recipe is not fusion food between French pastry and Norwegian blødkake. This is just the most appreciated cake (ever) by all Norwegians I know who’ve tasted it. And believe … Continue reading

February 14, 2014 · 16 Comments

How to make things “Koselig”?

There is an important concept one needs to understand and embrace when living in Norway: being “koselig”. Most English speakers translate it by “cosy” but that term doesn’t even begin … Continue reading

February 2, 2014 · 104 Comments
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