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Up, up, up the peak! Posted by on Jun 30, 2012

While å løpe (to run, running) is popular in many countries, Norwegians have recently taken the classic sport with them in a brand new direction: uphill. I had a chat with Per Inge Fjellheim from Sauda (the West Norwegian town where I spent parts of my childhood). He’s one of the ildsjeler [ILLshehler] (enthusiasts, literally…

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Greetings Posted by on Jun 20, 2012

Hei! is the universal greeting in Norway. It is pronounced with a rising tone, as if you’re really enthusiastic about something! (I guess there’s a reason why the Swedes always make jokes about Norwegians being hyper! 🙂  ) In most of the country, it sounds like it’s halfway between the English greetings hi! and hey!…

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Talking about the weather Posted by on Jun 8, 2012

Været (the weather) is a frequent topic in Norway; after all, there’s a lot of it! Stretching more than 2600 km (1616 miles), from the North Sea east of Scotland, across the Polar Circle to the Barents Sea, Norway is bound to have a good deal of climatic variation. You’d better check værmeldinga (the weather…

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