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

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.

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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

7 Obstacles to Finding a Job in Norway

Norway seems like the new Eldorado to find a job. Unless…? Looking for a job in Norway seems like a pretty easy and attractive solution for foreigners. Unemployment rate is low, at 3,8% in 2019 and average salary is high, as seen on this graph from 2018. Obviously it depends on your field, with finance being the oil sector with an average of 6,000 Euros … Continue reading 7 Obstacles to Finding a Job in Norway

After 60 years of presence in Norway, the French Cultural Institute is shut down by the French Government.

It is now official the French Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs has decided to close the French Institute of Norway, alongside the French Institutes in Canada, Costa Rica and Brazil. This is in the Notification number 2303 made by the Ministry to the State Budget for 2020 on the 10th of October 2019, which can be found in this official document from the National … Continue reading After 60 years of presence in Norway, the French Cultural Institute is shut down by the French Government.