Bergen, the city of douchebags

A parade of douchebags are invading Bergen and there is nothing you can do about it.

A WHOLE ARMY: Welcome to the Bergen Backpack Brigade!
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As a foreigner I have recognized several characteristics of Norwegians living in Bergen: Most are tall and blond, umbrellas are a fashionable accessory and running up mountains is part of their lifestyle.

But there is one essential feature that defines a proper Bergenser: carrying around a Douchebag.

And no, I’m not talking about the strange dudes, typically hanging out at certain nightclubs.

I’m talking about backpacks.

Bergen’s runway

It is like there is an unspoken backpack dress code. Everyone is rocking the same stylish db backpacks like they are the official uniform of the city.

You can almost hear them whispering to each other, critiquing the choice of lesser bags that dare to share the same pavement.

But what makes them so special? Why does every Norwegian blend in with the backpack crowd, voluntarily giving up a piece of individuality?


Bergen is no stranger to rain, and neither are the Douchebags. When the heavens open up, they basically transform into submarines. 

Meanwhile, the rest of us are left with our non-douchebag backpacks, hoping they don’t turn into soggy messes.

Status symbol

But what is the cost of joining this exclusive club? Well, let's just say they do not come cheap. That is why carrying a douchebag backpack does not only signal style awareness but also a certain level of financial comfort. 

However, due to the high quality of the used material, your investment should last long. At least in theory.


Blending in with the db crowd can also feel comforting. Everybody seems to contribute their individuality to the collective aesthetic of Bergen.

So, if you are feeling a bit left out, just grab a backpack (preferably one that everyone is wearing)! Then you’ll be part of the in-crowd before you know it.

Welcome to the Bergen Backpack Brigade!

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