Last week the convenience store 7-Eleven started running a highly noticed advertising campaign in busy places in Norway such as Oslo Central Station and on television. It uses the stereotypical images of Norway: Norway is the country of the midnight sun, of fjords and…of chlamydia. The point is humouristic and catchy, to tell tourists and foreigners to protect themselves against locals, and buy their condoms … Continue reading Is Norway Really the Country of Chlamydia?
Every time I ask Norwegians whether there is infidelity in Norway, their answer is always “Much less than in France”. One could believe that, as the image of French people is savy guys and girls going around having affaires on their lunch pauses. And of course the French politicians from which we accept just about anything. The funeral of the French President Francois Mitterand is still vivid … Continue reading Infidelity in Norway: Why Norwegians Might Cheat Just as Much as the French.
Until a few weeks ago, I believed I knew what the Norwegian word “luremus” meant. (lure= to lure, mus= mouse). A tease basically. “So what to you think of this report?” asked my colleague leading a meeting at work. “I think this report is a luremus” I replied. Then everyone got very silent and it seemed like they had stopped breathing. I interpreted that … Continue reading Why are there so many male teases in Norway?
“I want a real man” said Silje. As the only foreigner in the room I was confused. “As opposed to what? A fake one?”. We were on a girls night out in central Oslo, Norway, most of us were single but some weren’t. There seemed to be a consensus that those who were single wanted “a real man” and those who weren’t were glad … Continue reading What do Norwegian Women Really Want?
All of these are true, either experienced by me or some of my female friends. Okay okay, some I made up, not that many actually. Hey, no one said it was illegal to have a little imagination 🙂 You can try to guess which ones I made up though, a good test to know whether you know Norwegian society well, or whether you know me … Continue reading Dating in Norway: the Strangest things only Norwegian men say
When people tell me “I loooovve French, it’s such a romantic language” it is obvious these people didn’t understand that our conversation was just about going down to the shop to buy a broccoli and oignons. I believe there is no such thing as one language being the language of love. In Norwegian, like in every other language, you will find many words to express … Continue reading Is Norwegian a Language of Love?
In the first months of my life in Norway, my entire social life was limited to my colleagues and the cashiers in supermarkets who asked me if I wanted a “pose” (yes, a bag). Moving to Norway only for work meant I had neither friends nor family in this country to begin with. I quickly realised I would have to make some effort to build … Continue reading Surviving sukker.no
To know if you are having a little winter depression creeping in on you, try to answer these simple questions: Do you feel like the sun has abandonned you? Because it’s always dark when you go to work or to school, and still dark when you go home. Are you sleeping more than usual, feeling like you could stay in bed until Spring comes? Do … Continue reading How to Survive Your Winter Depression
Here I am in Bali, taking a few days off from work in the region. I wanted to go to some paradise island like the Togean island or Belitung, unfortunately time constraints (one boat per week going to Togean, hard to leave the island) OBLIGED me to go to Bali. Yeah Yeah I know what you think, how could I even dare complain? While some … Continue reading BALI – Drink, Pray, Love
You might ask yourself when seeing this title: is there really anything to say about seduction in Norway? Is there even such “art” in Norway? In Italy one could write about the casanovas and the sexy brunettes agreeing with langourious eyes and loud conversations, in France it would be the born-seductors and the classy and snoby Parisian women teasing men with their red lipstick and long cigarettes. But in … Continue reading The Norwegian “Art” of Seduction