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MSM- Midnight Sun Marathon in Tromsø Posted by on Jun 27, 2011

I´m a runner, but I´ve never competed in a race, nor do I really enjoy running with others (except my dog).  Therefore, I´ve never considered a marathon or half marathon.  I´ll do centuries (100 mile bike rides), but somehow I can´t even compare a century to a marathon.  Biking is so much more forgiving.  Anyways…

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Hurtigruten-Minute by Minute Posted by on Jun 25, 2011

Last Thursday, Norwegian broadcasting company, NRK, started airing the 5 day trip of the Norwegian cruise ship Nord Norge from Bergen to Kirkenes.  Nord Norge is one of many Hurtigruten ships that sail along the coast of Norway as a mode of transportation for everyday Norwegians and a spectacular treat for visiting tourists.  The entire 5…

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Norwegian Shipping Industry Posted by on Jun 22, 2011

As I am in the business of commercial import, I find myself learning new information about international shipping activities every day.  I work for a Dutch company that sells seasonal and garden decor by the container load on an FOB (free on board) basis from Rotterdam or China.  This means the merchandise must fill a…

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Viking Influence on the English Language Posted by on Jun 19, 2011

Sure, there are more and more English words being incorporated into the Norwegian language all the time.  Courtesy of American films, television, music, and of course the internet, modern Norwegians use words like cool, jeans, baby, drink, chips, and many more.   Let´s not forget, however, the massive influence the Vikings had on the English…

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June 7 in Norwegian History Posted by on Jun 9, 2011

There were no major historical events that happened this past Tuesday, June 7.  It is, however, a very important day in Norwegian history.  At least 3 huge events (that I´m aware of) occurred on this day.   In 1905, it was on June 7 that the Union with Sweden officially dissolved.  This Union (Unionen mellom…

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Norwegian gentlemen Posted by on Jun 4, 2011

I was on a bike ride this morning and rode past the Stanton airport, where pilots and their families were having a picnic.  Whenever I see small planes or helicopters, I think of my late friend (who was Norwegian) who died in a helicopter crash 2 years ago this summer.  The purpose of this post…

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Kristi Himmelfartsdag Posted by on Jun 2, 2011

A comical name for a holiday for non-Scandinavians, Kristi Himmelfartsdag is the Christian Holiday known to English speakers as “Ascension Day.”  Always falling 40 days after Påske (Easter), this year the høytidsdag (religious holiday) falls much later than normal because Påske was so late this year. Today, June 2 is Kristi Himmelfartsdag and the Norwegians…

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