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Bygone Times Revealed in Norway’s Abandoned Farms

Author and historian Øystein Morten has studied ødegårder—abandoned farms—at length. Fascinated by their vacant, fallen structures, Morten believes deserted farms have a particular allure and tell us something important about the places and the culture that Norwegians have moved away from. With photographer Pål Hermansen, Morten has published—Norske ødegårder – Historien om stedene vi forlot—("Abandoned Norwegian Farms - The History of [...]

By |January 12th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on Bygone Times Revealed in Norway’s Abandoned Farms

Behind the Christmas Tradition: the Julebukk

On lille julaften (December 23), Norwegian families typically decorate the juletre (Christmas tree), adorning the branches with handmade woven baskets, lights, Norwegian flags and figures made from straw. One of the traditional straw ornaments is the julebukk, or Yule Goat. Many of Norway’s Christmas symbols stem from pre-Christian times, and the Yule Goat is no exception. It was believed that the [...]

By |December 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on Behind the Christmas Tradition: the Julebukk

Ibsen’s Peer Gynt Turns 150

Photo Credit: visitnorway.com Norway’s most famous play, Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, celebrates its 150 year anniversary in 2017. The drama, which paints the vibrant and outrageous adventures and misdeeds of Peer Gynt, was finished on October 14, 1867, while its stage premiere opened exactly one month later. To mark this milestone anniversary, Norway has been celebrating all year, both on and off [...]

By |November 7th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on Ibsen’s Peer Gynt Turns 150

400 Viking Artifacts Stolen in Norway’s Largest Museum Heist

Photo Credits: Tyveriet på Universitetsmuseet/Burglary at The University Museum of Bergen Facebook Group On Monday, August 14, University of Bergen staff discovered there had been a burglary over the weekend. A massive collection of invaluable Viking artifacts had been stolen in a raid being called Norway’s largest museum heist. The Viking Age and Iron Age artifacts, which were being temporarily stored [...]

By |September 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on 400 Viking Artifacts Stolen in Norway’s Largest Museum Heist

Tour de France Stage Win for Boasson Hagen

Some clever off-bike research paid off at this year’s Tour de France for Norwegian pro cyclist Edvald Boasson Hagen. In the longest stage of the race –222 km / 138 miles–the 30-year-old broke his 6-year drought to finish first in the 19th stage, which ended in Salon-de-Provence in July. Boasson Hagen, known as “The Boss,” had taken second place in two [...]

By |August 8th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on Tour de France Stage Win for Boasson Hagen

The Bachelorette, with Norwegian Flair With Maren Selvaag

Oslo was recently the backdrop for an episode of ABC’s “The Bachelorette.” The hit TV show has also been a popular series in Norway. This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of premiere of The Bachelorette, in which a group of men vie for the interest of a single, eligible woman. Sometimes the show is shot on location in romantic international settings, [...]

By |July 20th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Not For Home Page|Comments Off on The Bachelorette, with Norwegian Flair With Maren Selvaag

16 year-old Norwegian is youngest person to run a sub-4 minute mile

Sixteen-year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen may not yet be a household name, but he’s being called “the next Sonja Henie” for his prodigious athletic skills at a young age. At the International Mile race/Prefontaine Classic event held recently in Eugene, Oregon, Jakob set a new world record as the youngest person to run a mile in under four minutes. The previous record - [...]

By |July 20th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on 16 year-old Norwegian is youngest person to run a sub-4 minute mile

Food Tour Highlights Bergen’s Culinary Flair

Canadian entrepreneur Cheyanne Smart founded a tour company in Bergen to showcase the culinary delights of Norway’s second-largest city. Smart experienced a tasting tour in Stockholm and thought that her adopted hometown would be a great location to launch her own food tourism company. Now in its second year, Bergen Food Tours offers an insider’s guide to the local food scene [...]

By |June 8th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Not For Home Page|Comments Off on Food Tour Highlights Bergen’s Culinary Flair

New Kroner Designs Sport a Modern Look

The Central Bank of Norway (Norges Bank) has unveiled a series of new kroner bills that will be phased in beginning in summer 2017. The designs are a departure from the current Norwegian banknotes in several aspects. This will be the first Norwegian money that does not feature a human face. All of the motifs pay tribute to the sea, which [...]

By |April 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on New Kroner Designs Sport a Modern Look

2017 Named the Year of Indigenous Art and Thought

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) is celebrating 2017 as the Year of Indigenous Art and Thought. Established in 2001 by Norway’s Ministries of Culture and Foreign affairs, the independent nonprofit foundation aims to feature Norwegian artists from around the globe and promote worldwide collaboration among artists. This year’s theme is timed to coincide with the 100th Jubilee of the [...]

By |February 12th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on 2017 Named the Year of Indigenous Art and Thought