Category: Norsk Språk


Svarteper turns purple

M. Michael Brady discusses the folkloric figure Svarteper (Black Pete, or Zwarte Piet in Dutch), a side-kick to Santa with a racist overtone.


Bag, a chameleon word

M. Michael Brady carries readers through the surprising history of bag, from its mysterious origins to its arrival on the baseball field.


Comics 11/13

Skavlan by Fredrik Skavlan, with translations by Andy Meyer —Typical. When it gets close to my birthday, he starts to talk excitedly about “simple living!” Han Ola og han Per by by Peter J....


Lori Ann Reinhall offers a brief history of Bergen’s anthem, “Nystemten,” with a nod to Sissel Kyrkjebø’s famous 1986 Eurovision rendition.

Comics 10/23

The Norwegian American features comics by renowned Norweigan journalist Fredrik Skavlan and the nostalgic adventures of Han Ola and han Per.

Terje Vigen

The legend of Terje Vigen is so well-known in Norwegian culture that it is often taken to be true, despite some unlikely details.