29 Fun facts about Norway

You already know a whole lot about me. Here are some fun facts about the country I was born and raised in.

 

01. Norwegians consume 9% of all Pepsi max produced worldwide.

02. Norwegians eat the second most tacos in the world, just after Mexico. And 8,2% of Norwegian citizens eat tacos every single friday.

03. Norwegians drink the second most coffee in the world, just after the USA.

04. Norwegians read the second most comic books in the world, just after Japan.

05. There are only five million people in Norway.


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06. Norway is the 9th richest country in the world. USA is the 11th.

07. Odd and Even are popular names for males in Norway.

08. Only ten police officers have been killed in Norway since world war two.

09. King Harald of Norway vowed to remain unmarried for life unless he could marry Sonja Haraldsen, the daughter of a cloth merchant. She became the queen of Norway.

10. In Halden, a high-security prison in Norway, every cell has a flatscreen tv, a shower, a bed, and fluffy white towels. They also receive free dental care and are allowed to use sharp knives.

11. In Norway, “Texas” is slang for chaotic.

12. There is a town in Norway called Hell. There’s also a town in Norway called Paradis.

13. All prisoners in Norway have wifi in their cells.

14. Norway has the world’s highest gas prices.

15. In 2008, Norway knighted a penguin. His name is Nils Olav.

16. Norwegian police officers don’t carry guns.

17. The magical kingdom Arendelle in Disney’s “Frozen” was named after my hometown Arendal, located in the southern part of Norway. The design of Arendelle was based on another Norwegian town, called Bergen.

18. Norway’s official title is “the kingdom of Norway”.

19. From May-August, there are places in Norway where the sun doesn’t set.  This means you can take a walk in daylight at 2 AM.

20. It’s illegal to die in Longyearbyen, Norway. The town’s only cemetery closed over 70 years ago.

21. You won’t find kittens or puppies in Norwegian pet stores. However, finding breeders online is almost too easy.

22. You must be 18 or older to get your drivers license in Norway.

23. In Norwegian schools, you can wear whatever you want. There are no rules. Although some teachers might find it offensive if you wear a hat or a beanie.

24. Instead of using words like boyfriend and girlfriend, Norwegians refer to their partner as their “kjæreste”, which is gender neutral and translates to “the dearest”.

25. Although Norway is a Christian country (on paper), most Norwegians are pretty laid back about it and only go to church when there’s a wedding, a funeral, a baptism or a christening. Unlike in America, where religion is taken more seriously, Norwegian teachers don’t really care if you argue against religion, wear pentagrams or otherwise give off the “satanic” vibe.

26. Easter is all about crime in Norway. It’s a tradition to watch murder mysteries during Easter when nearly every TV channel shows an episode of a crime miniseries each night throughout the holiday. There are even mystery cartoons printed on the milk cartons for kids to read.

27. Even though they are different languages, Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish are similar enough that their citizens understand each other.

28. The prices in Norway are so high that many Norwegians do their bulk shopping in Sweden instead. This is known as taking a “harrytur”.

29. The word husband comes from the old Norse word ‘husbonden’, meaning the man of the house. These days we refer to him as “ektefelle” or simply “mannen” (the man).

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7 Comments

  1. T
    January 9, 2019 / 11:52 pm

    Nr 13 er feil

    • livingdoll
      Author
      January 11, 2019 / 7:20 pm

      Hmm ok. Takk for at du sier ifra 🙂

  2. January 14, 2019 / 11:16 am

    Oi!! Her var det et par ting jeg visste. I hvertfall sånn ca. Jeg visste at vi i Norge drikker en god del Pepsi Max sammenlignet med en del andre land i verden, men det konkrete prosenttallet manglet derimot i hjernen min.

    Men noe som derimot overrasket meg ihvertfall 90% var punkt fire om tegneserier. For det at Japan ligger øverst på lista, det kunne jeg nok gjettet, men at Norge ligger rett bak der igjen i stede for f.eks USA, DET hadde jeg ikke helt sett komme! 😮

    Og når det kommer til nummer 10: Selv Norges mest forhatte “mann”, han vi helst ikke skal nevne navnet på, har jo en egen playstation av en eller annen grunn der han sitter og råtner nå. Og.. Jeg lurer på om han fikk oppgradert fra ps2 til ps3 eller ps4 til slutt, slik han tydeligvis mente han nærmest hadde krav på for noen år tilbake..

    Hmm.. Okei, dette kan fort bli en laaaang og muligens uinteressant kommentar hvis jeg skal kommentere hvert tredje punkt på denne listen, så derfor hopper jeg heller nå rett til nummer 28: Jeg har faktisk ALDRI vært i Sverige før. Kan jeg være den eneste nordmannen over 25 som ikke har besøkt vår svenska bror enda? 😮

    • livingdoll
      Author
      January 14, 2019 / 7:23 pm

      Whaat, har du ikke vært i Sverige? Da vet jeg i alle fall hva vi skal finne på hvis vi treffes noen gang! 😀 Haha. Om du er den eneste tør jeg ikke uttale meg om, men det er nok ikke så mange av dere, nei. :p

      Angående dette vesenet du referer til i punkt nr 10: jeg fatter ikke at Norge GADD å gi ham noe som helst. Skulle blitt dumpet i et hull i bakken og tømt sement over. Det enkleste ER ofte det beste når det kommer til sånne folk.

      • January 15, 2019 / 2:00 pm

        Jeg håper vi får møttes en gang. Hvis du og mannen din vil ha meg på besøk f.eks er jeg neppe vond og be. Eller hvis det finnes noen billige, greie hoteller i nærheten av dere, så er det også et alternativ jeg ikke har noe nevneverdig i mot å prøve ut 🙂 Ihvertfall, bare å si fra om dere vil ta sjansen på å slippe meg til i bygda/ byen deres i noen dager, så kommer jeg nok jeg, også kan vi alltids ta oss en tur til Sverige også! ^^

  3. Alexandra
    January 14, 2019 / 11:46 pm

    Aylar – hvordan er det mulig å aldri ha vært i nabolandet ? Jeg er oppriktig sjokkert ??

    • January 15, 2019 / 2:02 pm

      Jeg vet. Og.. Ja, jeg har et par andre ting jeg også heller ikke har gjort enda i en alder av 27 xD Har f.eks aldri vært full enda. Knapt lettere beruset. Kaffe drakk jeg for første gang for to-tre år siden. Jomfrudommen tok jeg først da jeg var 25, og det er foreløpig det første og eneste samleiet jeg har gjort hittil.

      Så ja, jeg er litt treg på enkelte fronter. Sånn sett er det vel egentlig jeg som burde hatt regi på Hurtigruta på Nrk xD

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