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Norwegian Newspapers Posted by on Feb 25, 2018 in Culture

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Å lese avis er en veldig god måte å lære seg språk. (Reading newspapers is a very good way to learn languages.) Enten du liker korte eller lange artikler, finner du garantert noe å bryne deg på. (Whether you like short or long articles, you’ll certainly find something to ”sharpen your mind”.) 🙂

You can very easily find norske aviser (Norwegian newspapers) by searching online. Sometimes, however, you might prefer papiraviser (”paper newspapers”) instead of nettaviser (online newspapers)… It might for example be a little bit difficult to fold your computer into a hat!

If you’re in Norway, you can generally buy aviser in kiosker (kiosks) and supermarkeder. Go check if you understand overskriftene (the headlines)! 🙂

The easiest headlines for language learners usually are in tabloidavisene (the tabloids), which also have a lot of fotografier to help you understand the context. If that’s not your thing, buy a more ”serious” newspaper and jump straight to tegneseriene (the comics) or the sudoku when it gets too difficult! 🙂

Norske aviser are either lokal [lohKAHL] or landsdekkende (countrywide). Some lokalaviser come from big cities and are read (or skimmed!) by lots of people. Here are some of the most common newspapers to check out:

VG [veh geh] is short for Verdens Gang (”The State/Affairs of the World”). It’s an easy-to-read tabloid.

Dagbladet (”The Day Magazine”) is another popular tabloid

Aftenposten (”The Evening Post”) is the biggest newspaper in Norway. It’s published in Oslo.

Bergens Tidende is published in Bergen.

Adresseavisen comes from Trondheim

Of course, if you really fall in love with a particular avis, you might consider to abonnere på den (subscribe to it). If you haven’t got a lot of money, you can try to find a gratisavis (free newspaper) somewhere. Those are often just as good as the paid ones for learning Norwegian.

Some of the things you find in Norwegian newspapers are nyheter (news), leserbrev (letters from readers) and anmeldelser (reviews). A cool detail is that Norwegian reviewers often use terningkast (”dice throws” – side 1-6 of a die, but not thrown randomly!) instead of stars to rate filmer (movies) and bøker (books).

And hey, if you haven’t already checked out this ”easy Norwegian” newspaper, do it now:

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About the Author: Bjørn A. Bojesen

I was born in Denmark, but spent large parts of my childhood and study years in Norway. I later returned to Denmark, where I finished my MA in Scandinavian Studies. Having relatives in Sweden as well, I feel very Scandinavian! I enjoy reading and travelling, and sharing stories with you! You’re always welcome to share your thoughts with me and the other readers.


  1. Don C Bergen:

    Like to visit Bergen and connect with my ancestors.

    • Bjørn A. Bojesen:

      @Don C Bergen @Don. Yes, Bergen is a nice city. I used to live there for a while. Lots of things to see while you connect! 🙂