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Election Time! Posted by on Sep 13, 2021

It’s election time in Norway! Today, all Norwegian citizens get the chance to vote for their favourite parti [parTEE] and help decide who’ll be the country’s next PM (in Norwegian: statsminister, ”minister of the state”): Will Erna Solberg stay in power or will folk (people) pick somebody else? My predecessor Kari already described how makt…

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It’s a Numbers Game Posted by on Aug 28, 2021

How often do you need to do number tricks in a foreign language? Det står nok ikke øverst på lista (it probably isn’t on top of the list), but still, if you’re a little bit like me, you’ll sometimes find yourself in situations where simply counting is not enough… In Norwegian, saying basic calculations out…

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Norway says never again Posted by on Jul 22, 2021

Ten years ago Norwegians experienced one of the saddest days i manns minne (in living memory, literally ”in man’s memory”). I don’t want to repeat the tragedy here – that’s the job of aviser (newspapers). Suffice to say that 77 innocent human beings lost their lives to the terrorist Anders Breivik on Utøya (an øy…

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A Sip of Norwegian Comedy Posted by on Jun 30, 2021

Gi ungdommen en flaske brennevin før idretten tar dem! (Give the young people a bottle of brandy before they’re possessed by sports!) This quote by Per Inge Torkelsen is very well-known in Norway. A famous comedian and klovn (clown) from the city of Stavanger, Torkelsen passed away eight days ago. Having grown up in the…

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Summer Nights in Norway Posted by on May 31, 2021

Gratulerer med vel overstått! (Congratulations with a ”well passed” [birthday]!) This belated greeting – a handy Norwegian lifeline for forgetful people – will have to do for all you fans of Norway in 2021. Due to technicalities, I was unable to wish you gratulerer med dagen (happy constitution day) on May 17th. Beklager tradisjonsbruddet! (Sorry…

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Norwegian Question Words Posted by on Apr 30, 2021

After some musings about Norwegian society, it’s time to get back to what you’re actually learning: språket (the language). I was surprised to discover that neither the previous blogger Kari nor I had written about spørreord (question words), so let’s fill that gap immediately! 🙂 What is a question word? Well, the answer lies in…

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Making it as a woman in Norway Posted by on Mar 30, 2021

Did you celebrate kvinnedagen (Women’s Day) on March 8th? This year, many people decided to turn all of mars (March) into a kvinnemåned (Women’s Month) to highlight women’s achievements and ongoing struggle around verden (the world). For this month’s post my idea was to interview ei norsk kvinne i et mannsdominert arbeidsmiljø (a Norwegian woman…

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