ILLUSTRATION: TRINE LOUISE WEEN

Unique phrases of the north, as explained by native speakers.


Have you ever asked a Norwegian friend to explain a word you don’t understand, only to find that they cannot articulate it in a language you know? They have the details, but putting them into a single phrase is untenable for them. It turns out there are a series of expressions like this, and luckily there are native speakers around … Read More

ARCHIVE PHOTO: BEATE FELDE

Fantoft continues to fill its halls with our friends from across the North Sea.


 — I made it a point not to make any German friends while on exchange, says Maren Besser. Besser, a German exchange student, had made the decision to spend the year in Norway so she could experience what life was like in a Northern country. When she got here, however, her exchange experience turned out to be a little less … Read More

TEXT BY: Cosimo Comito-Steller. ARCHIVE PHOTO: TORIL SUNDE APELTHUN

A foreigners view on the Norwegian fish oil tradition.


Apropos

On September 5th, 1977, the space probe Voyager 1 was launched with a golden record and a course set for deep space. Stored within the record’s grooves was a selection of sounds by NASA including, among others, a heartbeat, whale song, The Magic Flute, and “Johnny B. Goode”. The minds behind Voyager wished that as their probe hurtled into deep … Read More

ILLUSTRATION: TRINE LOUISE WEEN

Why do we internationals keep hearing English words when Norwegians talk to each other?


It’s not just you that Norwegians speak English with. Just by walking down the street you can hear them spouting words, phrases, and quotes to each other, with none of it in their native tongue. It’s bits and pieces, people dropping in random things like “crispy”, “road trip”, or “I’ll be back”, into a conversation that’s otherwise unintelligible. It begs … Read More