In case you have not noticed, Norway will be electing its Prime Minister next week on Monday the 11th of September. The last time this kind of election took place in Norway it was 4 years ago, and back then I was just understanding which colour was associated to which party. Although I still don’t have the right to vote in this election (you need … Continue reading Understanding the 2017 National Norwegian Elections – for confused foreigners.
Have you checked the prices in Oslo, are you going to study there (or just landed) and are horrified at the prices? This blogpost is originally intended for students or young people in general, but can also be applied to other people who intend to live in Oslo and travel around. It can also apply to other cities in Norway such as Tromsø and Trondheim … Continue reading Guide to a Cheap Life in Oslo, Norway and beyond
French people love food. And I am no exception. I love all food, from Norwegian to Pakistani, from reindeer to vegetarian, from fish to mezza (small dishes from the Middle East, usually eaten in high number in one meal, and shared among all the guests).Oslo offers a wide range of restaurants for all tastes. Here is a list of my favourite restaurants in Oslo. Note: None … Continue reading My Recommended 10 Best Restaurants in Oslo
Husk: Simone Weil (1909-1943) var en fransk filosof – en mange forveksler med Simone Veil (1927-2017). En annen Simone (de Beauvoir) var også filosof. De hadde samme fornavn – Simone – et vanlig navn å gi franske jentebarn født i første del av det 20. århundre. Hun jeg skriver om heter Simone Veil, og hun var politiker. Forrige fredag, 30. juni, lyttet jeg til et program … Continue reading Simone Veil, den mektigste franske feministen siden Simone de Beauvoir, døde forrige fredag.
Three years ago I wrote a blog post entitled “Weird Things Norwegians Do“, where I described 15 strange things I had noticed here. Now that I have been here a little longer, a few things have been added to the list. As before, “weird” does not necessarily mean “negative”. Some of these awkwardness should be adopted elsewhere in this world (but not the grilldress, hopefully). … Continue reading More Weird Things Norwegians Do
Every now and then, the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik comes up with new ideas to get the press talk about him. Last year he filed a complaint, claiming that he was being tortured by the Norwegian authorities in jail. Now he is changing his name to something quite unexpected. For those who need a little reminder, Breivik is the guy who made a … Continue reading Why did Anders Behring Breivik officially change his name to “Idiot”?
Tonight the results of the French Presidential election were made public: Emmanuel Macron, the head of the center-right party En March!, and Marine Le Pen, head of the National Front (far-right and nationalist) are both qualified for the second round with respectively over 23% and 21% of the votes. Many voters including myself are relieved to see that a candidate as moderate as Macron will be … Continue reading 5 Reasons Marine Le Pen can win the French election against Macron.
After exactly 4 years of blogging, my first book has been published and is out in the Norwegian bookstores and online since the beginning of April. This is what the cover looks like: 5 reasons to read it, whether you are a Norwegian or a foreigner If you are a Norwegian: Learn about your own culture seen from another perspective, understand how hard it is for … Continue reading 5 reasons to read A Frog in the Fjord’s book! And read the first 27 pages for free.
French people are confusing. They drink wine at lunch and don’t think they are alcoholics. They each lots of fat cheese and stay slim. And their political life is full of mistresses and other surprises. One of the things foreign journalists do not seem to understand about French politics is that nobody can predict what is going to happen. Remember the French presidential election … Continue reading Is France’s Next President a female Trump after all?
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.