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Life is full of anledninger (opportunities, occasions) to feire (celebrate) – and also sometimes to sørge (mourn). Here’s a small guide to help you choose some kind words for your Norwegian friends’ great life events.
Let’s start with the sad part: When somebody has lost a loved one, a decent way of showing your respect would be: Jeg kondolerer. (My condolences.)
In more joyful situations, gratulerer med (congratulations with) will take you far. For example, a new baby is born. You could, of course, go with a short: Gratulerer! (Congratulations!) To add a little more context, however, it’s a good idea to be specific:
Bursdager (birthdays) are a recurrent event in Norwegians’ lives. Gratulerer med dagen! (Happy birthday!) is usually the thing to say – also on May 17th, when Norwegians share this greeting as a way to celebrate the nation’s ”birthday” (Constitution Day). If you want to specify that it’s not the country you’re wishing a happy birthday, you can always elongate to gratulerer med bursdagen! And if the actual birthday was some days ago, you still have the option to say: Gratulerer med vel overstått! (Happy ”well-passed” [birthday]!)
This formula is useful in a lot of situations:
In other settings, use some combination of god (good) and lykke til (good luck):
And, the one you all waited for:
God bryllupsdag! (Happy anniversary!)