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Thanksgiving Posted by on Nov 29, 2009

First of all, I apologize for the italic font-apparently my computer won’t let me change it at the moment.  I drudged up an interesting article in the archives of Aftenposten online written by a Norwegian who was curious about the American Thanksgiving tradition.  Siri, en sytten år gammel jente (a 17 year old girl), thought…

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Geography, resources, and health Posted by on Nov 25, 2009

Norway’s location and climate, as well as natural and monetary resources are characteristics of the country that impact the general health of the population.  These effects can be positive or negative.  Norwegians’ mental and physical health are impacted by things like the availability of fresh seafood, the intensity of the sun due to it’s polar location…

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Akershus festning Posted by on Nov 23, 2009

Akershus Fortress, the protector of Oslo.  Built in the 1290s in response to a prior attack by a Norwegian nobleman, the compound has served as guardian in many battles and as home to prisoners from time to time.  It’s proximity to the water is a crucial factor in it’s success as the majority of Norway’s…

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spar penger! Posted by on Nov 18, 2009

Save money!  If you are planning a trip to Oslo, save money!  Business Week and ECA International have named Oslo the 7th most expensive city in the world.  Some of the things they look at prices of movie tickets, washing machines, rice, and mineral water.  Nordea’s cheif economist Steinar Juel explains Oslo’s place on the…

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Roald Amundsen (1872-1928) Posted by on Nov 16, 2009

AKA the last of the Vikings, Roald Amundsen was a heroic Norwegian explorer of the polar regions.  He was the first to reach both the north and south poles and the first to traverse the Northwest Passage (the stretch of Canada between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans).  His success in these endeavors is even more…

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Edvard Munch Posted by on Nov 13, 2009

Just to clarify from the beginning, his last name is not pronounced “munch” as in to munch on something, it is pronounced “Moonk” with the vowel quickly prounounced, not like “moo” as in a cow moos.  I have heard so many people pronounce it wrong and it just sounds bad, doesn’t it?  Edvard Munch is…

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Isbygninger Posted by on Nov 11, 2009

Ice buildings.  Norwegians seem to enjoy creating indoor venues that resemble the outdoors.  And I don’t mean a nice summer day in the woods, I mean ice.  This month Icebar, debuts in Oslo.  Icebar offers a unique experience of Nordic winter in incredible ice surroundings.  The walls, the furniture, the dishware, and even the art…

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