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A poster of people forming the letters of the alphabet.

Norway: one country, many languages

Heidi Håvan Grosch Sparbu, Norway World Children’s Day, or Barnas Verdensdag, is celebrated every year in Norway. Many places host free celebrations for children and their families with music, art, stories, dance, and food...

A woman sitting on a bed thinking, trying to understand her dream.

Vikingr

fiction by Allison Baxter From there come maidens, very wise, Three from the lake that stands beneath the pole. One is called Urd, another Verdandi, Skuld the third; they carve into the tree The...

Man answering call in phone booth.

Unclear idioms: Telefon fra Hamar

M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway In Norway, the phrase Telefon fra Hamar literally designates a telephone call received from Hamar, a city in Hedmark County on the eastern shore of Mjøsa, the country’s largest...

Trows and other Norse fragments

Linguistic clues to their Nordic past linger in the modern-day Shetland and Orkney Islands Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. While reading British-born author Ann Cleeves’s Shetland Island series, I became curious about her inclusion of...

The interior of the Norman restaurant.

A taste of Iceland in Brooklyn’s Norman

Festival lets New Yorkers experience a gourmand’s delight without leaving their backyard Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. On Saturday, September 30, I had the great pleasure of dining at Norman’s Taste of Iceland event, a...

Cover of "Fra Fenrik til Fører"

Norwegian reads

Fra Fenrik til Fører, Norsk krigshelt ved Østfronten shows a rare side of WWII M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Napoleon reportedly once remarked, “What is history, but a fable agreed upon?”* In the context...

Two soccer players being interviewed.

Equal pay for soccer

Norway to pay men and women’s national football teams equally The Local An agreement by Norway’s male international footballers to take a pay cut to enable equal wages to be given to both the...

A snowy mountain in Norway.

Norwegian Chess: Sjakkmatt

Kristen Walter Flekkefjord, Norway Much like when I play Sudoku, I unfortunately rarely complete language learning to its fullest extent—but Norwegian has been different. Whether it was Spanish, Latin, Portuguese, Arabic, or now Norwegian,...

A Halloween mural.

Lose yourself to Halloween in Norway

American Kristy Kongevold shares her love for Halloween with her local community in Vanse, Norway, putting on an ever-more-elaborate Spooky Barn Maze each year Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. Kristy Kongevold hails from Illinois but...