Being a Foreigner in Norway in 2021 under Corona Restrictions

There are around 800,000 foreigners living in Norway, according to the Norwegian Statistics Bureau (2020 numbers). That makes up to almost 15% of Norway’s population. There are wonderful perks at living in Norway for a foreigner, from universal healthcare to great parental benefits, not to mention higher salaries than in many other countries. However when the corona crisis hit many of us realised one thing: … Continue reading Being a Foreigner in Norway in 2021 under Corona Restrictions

How to have babies in Norway

I will not explain here the technicalities of making babies in Norway. That stuff happens here just like everywhere else in the world. However, some other elements are taken into consideration when having babies in this country. 1- Barnehage (Kindergarten) Chinese people all try to have babies during a certain year (of the pig, of the snake or whatever will make the baby rich and … Continue reading How to have babies in Norway

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