A few weeks ago, I was watching the football game France-Iceland on television in Oslo. For the first time, my heart was torn apart between two choices: supporting France, my home country, or Iceland, the almost Scandinavian and underdog of the competition? I could never tell my French friends that I wish Iceland won. But I felt so close to the Icelanders who are like Norwegians in … Continue reading Signs you’ve been Living in Norway for too Long
Check your budget As you’ve probably heard, living in Norway is expensive. It might be a bit easier right now with the NOK falling, but in any case between the rent, the transportation, the food, the drinks and all the things one needs just to live, things sum up pretty fast if you are not careful with your budget. As an indication, Norwegian students … Continue reading 10 tips for a successful student exchange in Norway
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?
After many celebrations of Norway’s National day here, I have shortlisted things you will need on this day, or to prepare this day. If you don’t know what is happening on the 17th of May, you can check online, many articles talk about it. For a short reminder, the 17th of May in Norway isa celebration of the day when the Norwegian Constitution was signed on … Continue reading Everything you didn’t know you needed for a successful 17th of May
When I first thought of writing about Norwegian humour, I asked my foreign friends living in Norway what they thought of the topic. They did not even understand the question: “You mean you want to find out whether Norwegians have humour at all? Whether they ever laugh?”. To be fair, it is true that Norwegians don’t have the reputation of being the clowns in the room, … Continue reading Is there a Typical Norwegian Humour?
“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?
The first time I saw Sunita she was begging on the street below my office. Like many others she had a little paper cup and a picture of a baby, waiting for a few kroners to fall in. But unlike those I see around my office in central Oslo, she was young. She had beautiful green eyes and long black hair, and a straight forward look. It was … Continue reading What to do with Roma People in the Winter?
Ingredients: 4 medium sized sweet potatoes (or 2-3 big ones) 1 long red chili 3 small potatoes 1 can of coconut milk 1 spoon of vegetable oil 3 carrots vegetable bouillon 2 onions 2 pieces of garlic 1/2 tea spoon of turmeric and 1 tea spoon of curry powder Dice the onions, the garlic and the chili. Add them in a warm pan (middle warmth) … Continue reading Recipe: Sweet potato & Chili soup
So, which promises did you make to yourself for 2016? Be a better spouse, a better parent, a better son/daughter? Stop eating peanut butter at night while you’re on a diet during day time? Eat more greens, hit the gym every second day. Become tall and beautiful. Try to keep a girlfriend. Wait. Try to find a girlfriend. Spend less time on Facebook. Spend more … Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions: Norwegians vs. Immigrants
In the last weeks of 2015, I saw my Norwegian friends and colleagues happier than usual. Did a Norwegian skier just win a competition? Is the price of the Christmas ribbe cheaper this year? Almost better: the United Nations had just published its yearly report, showing that, once again, Norway is the best country to live in. For the 7th year in a row. Can you … Continue reading Norway is the best country to live in. Really?