A DAY TO... REMEMBER? Norwegians usually start the day with a Champagne breakfast, often leading to a blurry night and a dreadful hangover.

The 17th of May is Norwegian national day, but what does that actually entail?


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As a foreigner in Norway, I started to hear snippets of stories about this mysterious event called the «17. mai». With further investigation, you learn that the «17. mai» is in fact the Norwegian national day, celebrated on the 17th of May each year. The day celebrates the signing of the original Norwegian independent constitution in 1814, which was a … Read More

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Illustration: Heidi Skjold

OPINION: How the lack of modern e-learning techniques has impacted our academic lives at University of Bergen.


Coronavirus is uncovering the need of updated e-learning techniques.

OPINION: We can be the best friends of our heroes who are fighting the real enemy, the bad guy, the coronavirus.


It’s probably not news to you, if I tell you, that laughing decreases our stress level and increases our overall happiness. That’s just a no brainer. But did you also know, that laughing not only reduces the risk of infections but also boots our immune system? Astonishing isn’t it? If you hadn’t figured it out before I think this is … Read More

OPINION: Covid-19 brought my exchange year to a grinding halt. Meanwhile, other people have real life and death problems. Are my complaints even valid?


Around 36 hours before St. Patrick’s Day, all pubs and bars in Ireland were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. You can probably imagine the carnage. Carnage even beyond the deep, internal dread of an Irish person faced with a pintless Paddy’s Day. St. Patrick’s Day is our national holiday, on par with the 17th.of May in terms of cultural … Read More

RAIN. Bergen is the wettest and the rainiest city in Europe.

Have you not thought about rain in Bergen in the last week? Tired of wet clothes and clouds? Are you dreaming of some sun? Or are just tired because of the coronavirus? Find out what kind of «rainy» person are you in our first quiz!


Facts about weather in Bergen

1. What is your favorite season? A: Summer. B: Spring. C: Autumn. D: Winter. 2. What kind of weather do you prefer? A: Sunny. B: Cloudy. C: Rainy. D: Extreme weather. 3. How do you feel about rain? A: Depressing. B: Tiring.  C: Neutral. D: Fantastic! 4. How well are you prepared for extreme weather? A: I only have an umbrella. B: Good enough.  C: Very well (Many umbrellas, coats, boots etc.) … Read More

ISOLATION. It is disobedience to strict measures that makes it necessary to strengthen them.

CORRESPONDENT: Let us stand together in these difficult times.


Since the evening of Saturday, March 14, nurseries, schools, colleges, high schools and universities are almost all closed, probably for a month and a half, until the end of the April-May vacation. Due to the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, decided to protect the youngest and their teachers as soon as possible. A … Read More

The leader of an outdoor organisation and a researcher give their advice on how to lead an active life during the winter.


This article was written before the outbreak of the coronavirus. Now, there are several guidelines implemented by the Norwegian government that we have to follow in order to prevent spreading the virus. We have, however, been advised to go out of the house – taking walks in remote areas, or going hiking, as long as we keep our distance from … Read More

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CORRESPONDENT: My journal as an Italian student in the times of the coronavirus.


When the Italian government announced on February 23th the closure of universities and schools for a week in areas where coronavirus was most spread, a sigh of relief rose from Bologna, the city where my university is located. Freedom! Nothing more to do than go for an aperitivo with friends. When the suspension was prolonged week by week, the sighs … Read More

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On Tuesday afternoon it was confirmed that the first student in Bergen has tested positive to the corona virus. Studvest gives you a rundown of all the events that happened so far.


The person in question is an international student at the University of Bergen (UiB) who lives at Fantoft. Sammen’s head of communications, Marita Monsen, told Studvest that the organisation can confirm that the student is not seriously ill and that he is sitting in isolation in his flat. What will happen regarding the lectures? So far the various institutions in … Read More

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The student is being kept in isolation.


This article will be updated. It is confirmed that a student living at Fantoft Student Housing has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, BT reports. Head of communications in Sammen, Marita Monsen, confirms the information. – An international student at Fantoft has been infected with the virus, according to The Office of Infection Control. They contacted Sammen Monday evening, Monsen says. … Read More