I am The Frog in the Fjord: a French lady who lived in Denmark for a bit before moving to Norway for good. My name is Lorelou Desjardins, I come from Marseille in the South of France and have been living in Oslo since 2010. I am trained as a Human Rights Jurist, and speak English, French, Norwegian and Indonesian.
This blog is about all these new realities foreigners like me face when trying to adapt to a new culture, language, country and most of all to new people. In this case, trying to understand the Norwegian culture and blending in (or trying hard).
I am hoping to give non-Norwegians a glimpse of what make Norway and Norwegians so awkward and so lovable; and to give Norwegians something to laugh or to think about. My illustrators, the very talented Ole Johnny Hansen and Tori Lind Kjellstad, make every post I write come to life with their unique views on whatever I understood (or misunderstood) of their culture. I love their work and I hope you do too!
In March 2017, my book En frosk i fjorden – Kunsten å bli norsk (A Frog in the Fjord – The Art of Being Norwegian) was published by Norway’s biggest publisher Cappelen Damm. Since 2014 I am also a permanent chronicler (fast spaltist) in VG. I work as a freelance writer for newspapers, magazines, comic strips and books; and hold lectures on inter-cultural issues and my experience of Norwegian culture in universities, companies and corporate events. You can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have also appeared on many television and radio shows in Norway, see here.
The Frog in Numbers:
Since January 2014, this blog has had around 1,000,000 views per year. Around 80 to 90% of my readers reside in Norway, some are Norwegians and some are foreigners. The USA is the second country reading my blog the most, usually by people of Norwegian descent.
Remember, copying without asking is stealing! I have no copyright over any of the illustrations, except for one or two which involve frogs 🙂
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