Winter is here, and it is time to have a “koselig” time indoors, with a good book in your hands nd a pledd on your knees. Here is a list of 12 books I recommend to read to learn about Norway. These are mostly books of fiction, such as novels, and most are written by Norwegian authors. Norwegian literature is a lot about the sea, … Continue reading 10 Great Books to Read About Norway
Some of you think winter has come already in Norway. Haha you fool. This is just the beginning. A little snow does not make a Norwegian winter. It is going to get colder, and it is going to get darker. You’re going to need a bunch of things to survive this, and keep your emotional and physical health intact. Remember that last year it snowed … Continue reading Local Tips to Survive a Norwegian Winter
From left to right, Norway is shaken by an earthquake of political scandals If you’ve been following the news in Norway, you might have noticed that there are a lot (really a lot) of articles in the past few months about politicians doing stuff that makes them resign or be sacked. In early July this year, Bjørnar Moxnes, leader of the party Rødt (far left) … Continue reading Everything you need to know about Norway’s biggest political scandal happening now.
Since I moved to Norway, foreign friends have come and gone. Students, people with short contracts, people who can’t stand the cold and the rain. People who meet someone and want to try other countries, travellers. But it is really in the past 2-3 years that I’ve noticed a pattern of people leaving despite a well established life here. Foreigners with good jobs, often with … Continue reading Is it still worth it to live and work in Norway?
C’est en 2017 que mon livre “En frosk i fjorden- Kunsten å bli norsk” est paru en norvégien chez Cappelen Damm et 6 ans plus tard ce livre sort enfin en version traduite et rédigée pour le public francophone sous le titre “Au coin du fjord: Les aventures d’une Française en Norvège”. Je raconte mon histoire en espérant qu’elle inspire, fasse rire, éduque et provoque. … Continue reading Tout savoir de mon nouveau livre “Au coin du fjord: Les aventures d’une Française en Norvège”
Norway has it all, doesn’t? Happiest people on Earth, a yearly Nobel Peace prize to hand out, a low unemployment rate, high gender equality, paid parental leave, red cabins in the woods facing the fjord, clean water and air. My goodness, what are we doing still here, we should all move to Norway! Calm down. There is no perfect place. There are great reasons to … Continue reading Moving to Norway: Essential Questions to Ask Yourself Before Moving
Picture credit: Alf Simensen/NTB Scanpix via AP There has been a historic protest in Oslo, Norway in the past week week. See my previous article Norway: Indigenous & Environmental Youth Occupy the Ministry of Energy over Human Rights Violation for the details. The protest went from 15 indigenous and youth activists occupying the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum on Thursday 23rd of February to over 2000 … Continue reading 6 Lessons learned from the Indigenous Sami protest in Norway against Fosen Windmills
TasteAtlas Awards 2022 ranked 95 countries from best to worst cuisine. Surprise surprise, Norway makes last spot, therefore becoming the worst cuisine in the world according to TasteAtlas. Is it really that bad? Who did Norway lose against? Let’s look at something else first. Which cuisines did Norway lose against? Where is for example ranked Danish cuisine in this survey, which is I think really … Continue reading Norwegian Cuisine cannot be the Worst in the World, right?
As a disclaimer I must say not all of these are typical Norwegian. Liquorice is for example eaten in many other Nordic countries. That being said, there are very strange things Norwegians come up with in terms of food culture, either by taste or because of the access of certain produce (ex. skrei/cod as on the picture above). 1. Cod tongue Cod tongue is a … Continue reading 10 Strange Food to Eat in Norway
“A whale burger with that?” asked the lady at the restaurant. Wait, what? The picture in the menu was of a burger, with red meat that looked like beef or any other red meat. But reading the description I realised it was whale meat in that burger. I was divided between my environmental conscience and the curiosity of tasting whale meat. Whether it is with … Continue reading The Whale in the Room. Why does Norway continue Killing Whales?