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).