Norwegian units of measurement and conversions Posted by kari on Jun 17, 2010 in Norway and the world
The United States is pretty much the only industrialized nation in the world that doesn˙t use the metersystem (metric system) as a means of measurement. For me, learning ord (words) related to måleenheter (units of measurement) in et fremmed språk (a foreign language) can be quite difficult. I have enough trouble på engelsk (in English) trying to remember how many pints are in a gallon and how many feet are in a mile. Beyond learning ordene (the words) themselves, I also find it difficult to learn omregninger (conversions), especially for those måleenheter whose verdier (values) change on a regular basis, such as valuta (currency).
So, I intend to provide you with vokabulær that will help you describe lengde (length), volum (volume), areal (area), vekt (weight), and penger (money).
tomme – inch (literally thumb, is about 2.54 cm)
fot – foot (one foot is about 30.48 cm)
mil, landmil – Norwegian mile (which is 7.018 American miles)
fjerdingsvei – quarter mile (a quarter of a Norwegian mil, or 2.82 km)
rommål – gallon (about 3.8 liters)
en halvliter – basically a pint (about .473 liters)
tonn – ton
unse – ounce (an ounce is about 28.35 grams)
pund – pound (1 pound is about .4536 kg)
krone – crown (today the Norwegian crown is worth about 15.6 cents)
grad – degree (Norway uses celsius)
It´s equally important to know how to describe the størrelse of of clothing items and containers.
en kopp – a cup
et glass – a glass
ei flaske – a bottle
en bolle – a bowl
en tallerken – a plate
ei sleiv – a scoop or ladle
en skje – a spoon, a spoonful
liten – small
middel – medium
stor – large
Norwegian sizing for both pants and shirts are typically numerical. I´ve found that this is getting more and more popular here in the U.S. in some of the stores I shop in. It makes more sense to me because the numbers seem to allow for greater specificity. Or maybe I just fit into European clothing better than clothing that you find in the malls in the U.S.
Hopefully now you can describe items via størrelser and know a few omregninger!