«Raske briller», the Norwegian tinted sporty shades that make everyone who wears them seem like a professional athlete.

SHADES. The tinted sunglasses are suitable both while skiing in Norway and for wild parties. Illustration: Anna Jakobsen


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WTF is…? is a column where Studvest’s English section points out different interesting or strange aspects about living in Norway from an International’s perspective. The column can be both serious and light hearted, and is based on the journalist’s own experience. As soon as you leave your own four walls on a sunny day in Norway, it’s almost impossible not … Read More

Treningssentre har flere regler man må forholde seg til. Å ha på seg T-skjorte er en av dem.

TRENINGSTØY. Mange treningssentre har kleskoder for sine medlemmer hvor det er ikke tillatt å vise for mye hud. Illustration: Marcus Wangsholm


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«Unnskyld meg, du kan ikke bruke denne toppen. Den er upassende». Det sa en ansatt fra Sammen trening til meg, da jeg løftet vekter i styrkesalen. Umiddelbart tenkte jeg at jeg misforstod hva hun sa, men de jeg trente med bekreftet mine mistanker: Min grønne favorittsinglet var «uanstendig». Det var siste gang jeg fikk lov til å bruke den på … Read More

Students express that this feeling of unsafety doesn’t necessarily go away when crossing the border to Norway.

SAFETY. Viktoria Labus (20) and Celine Madlen (21) share how safe they feel walking home alone in Bergen. PHOTO: Andrea Olsen


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– Of course I know Norway is a relatively safe country, but still, I caught myself holding my keys in my hands at night, says Viktoria Labus (20), exchange student from Aachen in Germany.  Two female exchange students share their experience of their own safety in Bergen.  Women’s safety and defense mechanisms in Bergen Labus thinks Bergen has a safer … Read More

According to professor emeritus in Nordic linguistics, it is not the many dialects that stand out in Norway, but the use of them. International student believes that it is a duty to learn Norwegian.

EAGER TO LEARN. Joan Mateu Horrach Pou (25) was very motivated to learn Norwegian when he moved to Norway. PHOTO: Jeffrey Meijer


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Joan Mateu Horrach Pou (25), an international master student from Mallorca, was determined and motivated to learn Norwegian, shortly after his arrival to Norway. – My duty as a student here in Norway is to integrate myself and contribute to this country, and to do so, I must learn the language, he says. «The dialect debate» There is a saying, … Read More

While vegan students are thriving quite well in Bergen with their vegan lifestyle, a nutritionist wouldn’t advise people to choose a vegan diet.

VEGAN LIFESTYLE. Laura Ruuder (21) and Pablo Vadillo (24) share their experience of being vegan students in Bergen. PHOTO: Josef Kosler


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The exchange students, Laura Ruuder (21) and Pablo Vadillo (24), both began their vegan journey overnight. It all started as an experiment. – Then I decided to stick to a plant-based diet with the debate about animal slaughters and the dairy industry, Ruuder says. Many people get inspired to go vegan after seeing documentaries that underline animal cruelty, factory farming, … Read More

CORRESPONDENT: Being away from home, Icelanders find comfort when hearing others talk Icelandic, and have the instant urge to communicate with their fellow countrymen.

GREETINGS. Icelanders happily greet other Icelandic strangers in a foreign country. Illustration: Elina Ulén


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When we hear other Icelanders speaking Icelandic abroad, we are immediately drawn to them with magnetic force.  One might even consider this as a built-in system, in that we want to inform other Icelanders that we are also Icelandic, even though our nationality and language are the only thing we really have in common. The Icelandic «greet a stranger syndrome» … Read More

Students in Bergen, who wished to travel home for Christmas holidays, did not expect the rapidly changing quarantine arrangements that awaited them once they returned back to Norway.

QUARANTINE HOTEL. Anna Graffmann (20) wanted to travel home for Christmas but did not expect to enter a quarantine hotel once returning back to Bergen. PHOTO: Andreas Fjellanger


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Anna Graffmann (20), an exchange student from France, and Francesca Savi (22), an exchange student from Italy, both wanted to travel home for the holidays and thought they were allowed to quarantine in their student flat in Bergen. – I was pretty upset when I heard that Sammen wanted students to stay at a quarantine hotel for ten days and … Read More