Norwegians have a very bizarre Easter habit. Something about the holiday, which essentially is the celebration of Jesus’s resurrection, brings out a murder-lusting side in them.

MURDER. Around Easter not even the eggs are safe in Norway. Illustration: Gjertine Gjernes


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. In early March, book stores start clearing out their shelves to make room for crime novels and detective stories … 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


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 struggle to cope between parenting and studying. This is how the student couple from the University of Bergen manages.

STRUGGLE: Sunniva Kristine Jaspers Grønnslett (29) and Ideal Hoxha (30), a student couple living their everyday life as new parents to their little baby. PHOTO: Sakinah Lisa


Students are being hit hard by the shifts brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.  While Sunniva Kristine Jaspers Grønnslett (29) and Ideal Hoxha (30) both need to adjust to the changes brought by the pandemic and a whole new experience as parents to their ten weeks old baby.  Hoxha comes from Kosovo and Grønnslett comes from Norway. Both of them are … 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


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

Exchange students criticize the waiting time and the unclear communication.

UNCERTAINTY. Giulia Testa and Michael Hissen both struggled with getting accommodation through Sammen.


– They said check your emails every day, if we have something for you it will come up, but I never received any email or an offer, Michael Hissen explains.  Even though Hissen is a German exchange student covered by Sammen’s housing guarantee, he never received a housing offer. Sammen told him that they had no vacancies available.    Italian exchange … Read More

International voices look at Norway for a role model, while people in Bergen seem to struggle as well with the restrictions.

GLAD. Sofia Cestonaro is happy that in Norway she is able to do things, compared to being in lockdown in Italy. PHOTO: Andrea Olsen


Sofia Cestonaro has arrived in Bergen in the beginning of January from Italy. She thinks that the locals in Norway have a big advantage when it comes to the corona situation, which has forced everyone to keep social distance. – People do not constantly hang out in big groups, but that is rooted in their culture. In some way Norwegians … Read More

CORRESPONDENT: Before I went to Germany to celebrate Christmas, I didn’t think in depth about what to expect. I was pretty confident that getting back to Norway would be an easy task.

UNCERTAINTY. The corona situation turned travelling internationally into a different type of adventure. Illustration: Anna Jakobsen


«People do not travel right now». That was my only thought, before going home to Germany from Bergen. Once landed in Amsterdam that illusion went away in a heartbeat. KLM is one of the few airlines in Europe still operating and all their flights go through Amsterdam. Running through the long halls to catch my plane to Hamburg, I became … Read More

Newly arrived international students are now required to isolate themselves for ten days after their arrival in Norway.

STRESS. The Corona situation caused the exchange students a lot of stress due the uncertainty. Foto: Sakinah Lisa Illustrasjon: Ingvild Hauglid


At the moment it is not a given that students can go on their planned exchanges. The University of Bergen has made it possible for exchange students to stay in Bergen, even in these challenging times. Entering Norway, you are now required to stay at one of the quarantine hotels after your arrival if you do not have a suitable … Read More

Want to explore the field of journalism? Norway's second largest student newspaper is looking for journalists and photographers.

Illustrasjonsfoto


We are looking for journalists and photographers for our English section! This section is mostly consisting of exchange students, with articles covering everything that is relevant for you to know while on your exchange in Bergen. If you are more interested in photo journalism or illustrating, we also have a photo section that is open for international student as well … Read More

Learning the language of the country you are visiting is the best step to feel less foreign. But be prepared that there is not one Norwegian language. Here is the reason.

WHY? «Kvifor» and «hvorfor» are both Norwegian words, meaning «why».


WTF is... WTF is?

There are two Norwegian languages and we only teach one of them, my language learning app tells me, of course only after I already subscribed for their courses. The first backlash in my motivation to learn Norwegian came fast: Do I have to learn two languages now? I read a bit further and realise that Bokmål, which my app is … Read More