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Land of Summer Possibilities Posted by on Jul 19, 2015

Endelig sommerferie! (Finally summer holiday!) Juli måned (the month of July) is a joyous time of empty schools and – occasionally – blue skies in Norge. Many foreigners go to Norway to enjoy fjord og fjell and beautiful sceneries. But how do Norwegians spend the vacation? • Hjemme [yemmeh] (at home). When your surroundings are…

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Say hello to Norway’s Nessie! Posted by on Jun 9, 2015

Alle kjenner (everybody knows) Nessie – the Scottish lake monster from Loch Ness. But did you know Norway has its own sjøorm [shuh-ohrm] (”sea worm”)? I recently was lucky enough to … well, see innsjøen (the lake) where it’s supposed to live! 🙂 Telemark fylke (county) is a beautiful and varied place in the…

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Gratulerer med 17. mai! Posted by on May 17, 2015

Kjære faste lesere, kjære tilfeldige internettsurfere,vi er samlet her på denne bloggen for å feire den norske grunnloven. Den 17. mai 1814 ble 112 menn i Eidsvoll enige om de lovene som et fritt og selvstendig Norge skulle bygge på. Idealene deres var frihet, likhet og brorskap, og ikke minst kjærlighet til fedrelandet. Hvert år…

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Flames of Advent Posted by on Nov 30, 2014

Så tenner vi et lys i kveld vi tenner det for glede.  Det står og skinner for seg selv og oss som er tilstede. Så tenner vi et lys i kveld, vi tenner det for glede.  Then we light one candle this evening we light it for joy. It stands shining by itself and for…

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Happy Anniversary, Norway! Posted by on May 17, 2014

Hurra for Norge! (Hooray for Norway!) On this special 17. mai small, handheld norske flagg (Norwegian flags) are being waved with more stolthet (pride) and glede (happiness) than ever. It’s 200 years since Norway left Denmark and got its own lover (laws). Let’s take a look back: For 400 years, Danish kings ruled Norway. Danmark-Norge…

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Huts of Norway Posted by on Jan 10, 2014

A couple of Norwegian friends and I recently shared the fun and excitement of walking to a hytte på fjellet (a hytte in the mountains), and it struck me I hadn’t written anything about hytter… En hytte (or ei hytte) translates as ’a hut’, ’a cottage’ or ’a cabin’. It’s basically a small house that…

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Happy Romjul Posted by on Dec 30, 2013

Norwegians just can’t get enough of jula (”the christmas”). When the whole family has received their gaver (gifts) on julekvelden (Christmas Eve, December 24th), there is still første og andre juledag (1st and 2nd day of Christmas, December 25th and 26th), a time for eating and visiting friends. (Hva fikk du i julegave i år?…

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