It isn’t enough to get the citizenship. Here are signs you have become a real Norwegian! You always drink water from the tap but cannot stand drinking lukewarm water. Although in your home country you would never waste water by letting it run for long minutes, here in Norway you can wait as long as it takes to get a cold glass of water. It … Continue reading 20 Signs You’ve Become a Real Norwegian
On my first trip from Paris to Oslo, I was struggling to put my luggage in the overhead compartment. I looked around, and all Norwegians around me, especially men, were around 30 cm taller than me. But they were just looking at me struggle without offering any help. Smiling. Who does that, really? Smile and look at someone struggling? I thought then that Norwegian men … Continue reading Are Norwegians rude? What to expect from a people with no word for “please”.
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
To buy a cat in its bag (å kjøpe katta i sekken) does not mean you bought yet another cat to your home. What are you? A cat lady? No it means that you wanted to buy one thing but were lured into buying something else. If you “let the cat out of the bag” (slippe katta ut av sekken) is a more modern version, … Continue reading 20 Funniest Norwegian Expressions
Rêvez-vous de cabanes dans les bois au bord d’un fjord, de vous réveiller au rythme des aurores boréales et de faire connaissance avec des Norvégiens au bord du fjord en pêchant? Vous rêvez de déménager en Norvège et ne savez pas où commencer? Je m’appelle Lorelou et écris un blog d’humour en anglais pour les étrangers installés en Norvège et j’écris aussi pour des journaux … Continue reading S’installer en Norvège. Bonne ou mauvaise idée?
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