What the Faen? How to Swear in Norwegian

Swearing in Norwegian is something one should do very carefully, probably like in any other language. The reason is that some swear words may not have a direct translation in your language, so you might not grasp the strength of the swear words. Or it has one but which should not be used in the same context. One example: I believed for many years that … Continue reading What the Faen? How to Swear in Norwegian

How the Concept of Norwegian “Friluftsliv” Can Save Your Life This Year

The Norwegian concept of Friluftsliv is the new Scandinavian concept that reached international news, after Danish hygge and Swedish lagom. In 2018 I held a TEDx Talk explaining what it is and why you need it in your life. Two years later, we are in the middle of the Corona crisis and friluftsliv is even more needed for people all around the world and especially Europe … Continue reading How the Concept of Norwegian “Friluftsliv” Can Save Your Life This Year

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How to make Norwegian Friends During a Pandemic

Many many years ago (in 2013) I wrote a blogpost called How to make Norwegian Friends. Although there were lots of great tips there, such as joining activity groups and mingling in parties, this pandemic changed a few things. If you are feeling lonely in Norway as a foreigner, or are just willing to make local friends, but you are wondering how, I will try … Continue reading How to make Norwegian Friends During a Pandemic

#EmilyinParis. The perfect show about French clichés we need right now.

“Emily in Paris” is this Netflix show making the top 3 of most seen series in many countries, including Norway and … France! I saw the title many times and felt bored before I even clicked on play. What is the point, I thought, for a French like me to watch the fabulous life of an all-too-skinny American who wears bérets and learns to say … Continue reading #EmilyinParis. The perfect show about French clichés we need right now.

Read the first 27 pages of my book “En frosk i fjorden-Kunsten å bli norsk” for free.

After years of blogging, my first book has been published and is out in the Norwegian bookstores (2017). Now in 2020 the book is finally in pocket version thanks to the popularity of the hardback version! If you want to read the first 27 pages for free and in Norwegian, see here. Buy the pocket version here for only 179 NOK. Here are 5 reasons … Continue reading Read the first 27 pages of my book “En frosk i fjorden-Kunsten å bli norsk” for free.

How to Start with Cloth Diapers in Norway Cheap or for Free

If you want to start using cloth diapers you are probably aware of the many benefits it can bring. From less plastic pollution in nature, to less chemicals on your baby’s bum, saving money and many more, cloth diapers are a great investment. But where to start? When I started looking into this, the amount of information was overwhelming. Which diaper type is better? Which … Continue reading How to Start with Cloth Diapers in Norway Cheap or for Free

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How the Corona will affect your dating life in Norway

Let’s face it, dating in Norway was not that easy to begin with. The tall masculine yet sensitive-looking guys with well trimmed beards, muscles and long blond hair you fantasised on hardly exist in real life. Except for this guy Lasse Matberg, who personifies everything about the Viking male fantasy these days. The tall blond Scandinavian women you imagined sun bathing their long blond hair … Continue reading How the Corona will affect your dating life in Norway

Learning Norwegian with the Corona Crisis! 15 (New) Norwegian Words to Know.

Since the Corona virus has hit us and measures have been taken, many new words appeared in the Norwegian media as well as in daily conversations. The Norwegian language has a huge creative power since one can put two words together to create a new word. So new words can appear very quickly as people can create them themselves. For more posts on Norwegian language, … Continue reading Learning Norwegian with the Corona Crisis! 15 (New) Norwegian Words to Know.

Cheer up! The 10 Positive Sides of the Coronavirus Quarantine

You are stuck home, feel like this is going to be a long 14 days, maybe even longer. Cheer up, here is a list of positive outcomes that will and might come out of this quarantine. Positive things have come out of the worst crisis. Think of World War 2 which gave women more economic independence because all the men were at war. The Corona … Continue reading Cheer up! The 10 Positive Sides of the Coronavirus Quarantine

Briser les mythes sur la Norvège

En tant que blogueuse je reçois de nombreux emails de compatriotes cherchant des informations pour s’installer en Norvège. Jusque là rien d’anormal. Mais ce qui est frappant est le fossé énorme entre les attentes que certains de ces nouveaux arrivants ont regardant la Norvège et les Norvégiens. et la réalité que je connais bien après 10 ans de vie ici. Tout y passe, des gens … Continue reading Briser les mythes sur la Norvège