Norway facts | the second longest coastline in the world

The Norwegian mainland coastline, with its many fjords and islands, is the second longest in the world. The fjords and the magnificent scenery are tourist magnets, and forever linked to the earliest part of Norwegian history.

Norway quiz | learn about Norway through questions vol. 1

How much do you know about the magnificent land of Norway? Test yourself, friends, and family through these 10 multiple-choice questions - vol. 1.

Norwegian Buhund | a dog with deep roots in Norway’s history

When we tell the story of the Norwegian Buhund, we must distinguish between the old Norwegian word buhund and the more modern-day dog breed with the same name. They are two different entities – although also the same.

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Norway folk instruments | the birch trumpet

One of the oldest Norwegian instruments is the birch trumpet. But is it really an instrument at all - or did it originally have a completely different purpose?

Norway | wooden buildings one thousand years old

The oldest wooden buildings in Norway are almost 1000 years old - like Urnes stave church in Luster - built around 1140. How can we explain the fact that these buildings do not rot away and disappear?

Norway folk tales | Pesta and the Black Death

Folklore and old folk tales often depicted The Black Death in the shape of an ashen-faced old woman. Her name was Pesta, a Norwegian word for the pandemic itself. She dressed in a red skirt and brought terror to all that saw her.

Norway horse history | in the land of the Vikings vol 1

The Norwegian horse settled in the Scandinavian landscape after the last ice age. The journey from the horse’s original undulating habitat to the steep mountains and valleys of Norway was long. Let us meet this majestic animal - and follow in its footsteps.

Stabbur | the food storehouse on the old Norwegian farm

Like all buildings found on the traditional Norwegian farm, the stabbur had a clear purpose: it was a building designed for the storage of food.

Norway history | the ancient tradition of mountain pasture

For more than a thousand years, Norwegian farms sent their livestock to the summer dairy. This was an important part of Norwegian life. The milkmaid travelled with the animals to the forests or to the mountains to make use of the rich grazing resources there. Today, this way of life has almost disappeared.

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Norway vintage photos | the region of Sogn og Fjordane

In this video-collection of historical photos, we visit the west coast of Norway and the region of Sogn og Fjordane. A landscape with fjords, peaks, valleys and hardworking people. Enjoy.
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Norway vintage photos | the spinning wheel

The spinning wheel was a lifelong companion for most women in the old Norwegian farming society. Enjoy this video-collection of wonderful vintage photographs.

Norway ice-fishing | 7 photos to enjoy

Today, most Norwegians drop by the grocery shop to buy some frozen cod for their Sunday dinner. If we go back a couple of generations, however, people dressed up warmly and got out onto the fjord or lake to catch the fresh article themselves.

Norway facts | what does the name Norway mean?

A loved child goes by many names, says a Norwegian expression. This certainly applies to the country Norway. But what does the name really mean?

Norway folk instruments | the birch trumpet

One of the oldest Norwegian instruments is the birch trumpet. But is it really an instrument at all - or did it originally have a completely different purpose?

Norway needlework | 7 photos of a beautiful bonnet

What beautiful needlework. A bonnet from the collections of the Slottsfjell Museum in the city of Tønsberg.

Norway history | bringing home the winter hay

On the historical Norwegian farm, winter feed for the domestic animals was a precious resource. Throughout the summer months, people cut grass and dried into hay - wherever they could find it. This was often quite a distance away. When the first snow came, it was time to transport it back to the home farm.

Norway history | cutting marsh grass on the frozen lake

To make sure he could tide the animals over the long and cold winter, the historical Norwegian farmer utilised all available resources.

Norway history | the sweater from Setesdal

The Norwegians still turn to wool when preparing for the might of the cold winter. The woollen material breathes, and you usually...

Sami people | sleeping on a bed of glowing embers

For millennia, the Sami people have followed the migrating reindeer through the mountainous Nordic landscape. When there were no makeshift or permanent dwellings nearby, the hunters and herders sometimes slept under the open sky. The weather was often unpredictable and icy cold - and people needed ways to stay warm and dry.

Sami people | injustice and the king’s apology

In 1997, His Majesty King Harald V of Norway came to the Norwegian Sami Assembly with an essential and overdue message: he apologised for the centuries-long injustice suffered by the Sami people under Norwegian rule.

Norway vintage photos | the landscape

The Norwegian landscape is wild and beautiful. And it is a lot more than just fjords and mountains. 40% of mainland Norway is covered by beautiful deciduous and perennial forests.

Norway | wooden buildings one thousand years old

The oldest wooden buildings in Norway are almost 1000 years old - like Urnes stave church in Luster - built around 1140. How can we explain the fact that these buildings do not rot away and disappear?

Norway history | memories from Langfjordbotn in Finnmark

Langfjordbotn - in Norway’s northernmost region Finnmark - was the birthplace of Oluf Røde, born in 1889.

Norway history | memories from Værøy in Lofoten

The wild ocean world of Værøy in Lofoten Norway was the birthplace of Mimmi Benjaminsen – born in 1894. At the age of 70, in 1964, she shared some memories from her childhood.

Norway vintage photos | the people

Norwegian online archives are full of historical photos, documenting Norwegian everyday history, art, and landscape. A photo is a snapshot of history - and a story and a history lesson in itself.

Norway vintage photos | the buildings and vessels

Norwegian online archives are full of historical photos, documenting Norwegian everyday history, art, and landscape. A photo is a snapshot of history - and a story and a history lesson in itself.

Norway vintage photos | the artwork

Norwegian online archives are full of historical photos, documenting Norwegian everyday history, art, and landscape. A photo is a snapshot of history - and a story and a history lesson in itself.

Norway vintage photos | the tools and handicrafts

Norwegian online archives are full of historical photos, documenting Norwegian everyday history, art, and landscape. A photo is a snapshot of history - and a story and a history lesson in itself.

Norway vintage photos | the stave churches

Some of the beautiful Norwegian wooden stave churches are almost 1000 years old. Today, there are 28 of them left. See 10 photos of some of these magnificent buildings and their interior.

Norway vintage photos | the domestic animals

Norwegian online archives are full of historical photos, documenting Norwegian everyday history, art, and landscape. A photo is a snapshot of history - and a story and a history lesson in itself.

Norway vintage photos | the folk costumes

Norwegian online archives are full of historical photos, documenting Norwegian everyday history, art, and landscape. A photo is a snapshot of history - and a story and a history lesson in itself.

Norway history | the old farm and the need for water

The old Norwegian farm needed hundreds of litres of water every single day: for food-making, cleaning, and human and animal consumption. Getting water from the nearest source was hard work - and often the responsibility of the women.

Sami people | 12 vintage photos

Here are 12 historical photos representing the fascinating Sami culture - with deep roots in the Norwegian and Nordic landscape.

Norway vintage photos | the rose painted chests

Norwegian online archives are full of historical photos, documenting Norwegian everyday history, art, and landscape. A photo is a snapshot of history - and a story and a history lesson in itself.

The old Norwegians needed no money

The old Norwegian farming society was a self-sufficient and balanced world. Coins and notes were all but an alien concept. What you yourself could not produce of food, clothing and other commodities, you got from others through trade.

Norway history | finding Ole Johan Nyaas and his barn

With this old photograph in my hand I have set myself a task: how much information can I find in Norwegian online archives based on what the photo tells me?

Norway history | wooden drinking bowl – a kjenge

A kjenge is a drinking bowl used in the old Norwegian farming society – usually with two handles - carved and hollowed out from one piece of wood. In some regions of the country, they call it a kane.

The old Norway | and its last army of storytellers

The first half of the 21st century came with a momentous change to Norwegian society. The old ways of the ancient hunting and farming culture were rapidly dying.

Norway folk tales | Pesta and the Black Death

Folklore and old folk tales often depicted The Black Death in the shape of an ashen-faced old woman. Her name was Pesta, a Norwegian word for the pandemic itself. She dressed in a red skirt and brought terror to all that saw her.

Norway farm history | moving into the barn during summer

The first half of the 1900s was a time of enormous change in Norwegian society. The age-old agricultural way of life was dying - and the industrial revolution was growing fast. It was then that a young boy experienced a peculiar family custom.

A Norwegian’s take on the lead-up to the Black Death

The Black Death – mother of all plagues - ravaged humankind in the mid-1300s. The pandemic erupted after decades of terrible natural disasters happening all over the world. Anton Ludvig Faye – a Norwegian researcher of medical history - gave a lecture in Oslo in 1879 where he highlighted some of these events.

Norway history | the Sæterhaugen farm saga – Møre og Romsdal

In 1942, Hans Hyldbakk wrote the history of the local cotter's holdings in Surnadal, Nordmøre, Norway. The book was updated in 1966. Below, you will find a non-professional translation of the text describing what was originally the Sæterhaugen cotter's holding. The translation is inspired by Dordi Glærum Skuggevik's work in her book "History of emigration from Nordmøre" from 1985.

Norway history | the Sortehaug farm saga – Møre og Romsdal

Skodje sogelag and Louis Giske wrote the history of the two Sortehaug farms and its inhabitants back in 1986. Several people from Sortehaug emigrated to the United States, Canada and New Zealand. This is the tale of their home soil and their people.

The old Norwegian farm | its land and surroundings

In this article, we take a look at the layout of the Norwegian farm and its surroundings - how the land was utilised. The use of the land was very much a product of the landscape, the climate and the people who lived on it.

Norway history | the old farm and the hour of twilight

The hour of twilight is when the daylight starts to disappear – before it is completely dark. In the old Norwegian farming society, this was a time for rest.

Norway history | the Stornæve farm saga – Trøndelag

Per O. Rød wrote the history of the Stornæve farm and its inhabitants back in 1968. Decades earlier, several children of Stornæve had emigrated to the United States. This is the tale of their home soil and their people.

Norway and its age-old farming culture

Once you start taking an interest in the old Norwegian farming and family history then the people of the past start coming to the fore. They have so much wisdom to offer - to all of us willing to listen.

Norway mystery | 1895: a dead man in the fjord

It was midsummer 1895. An older man was found drifting in the fjord just outside Moss, Norway - shot in the temple with a revolver. He was later buried in an unmarked grave. The story is real but it sounds like the start of a crime novel. Who was this man? Where did he come from? Was he an emigrant returning home? To die?

Stabbur | the food storehouse on the old Norwegian farm

Like all buildings found on the traditional Norwegian farm, the stabbur had a clear purpose: it was a building designed for the storage of food.

James Arness | western hero and Norwegian viking

Are you hailing from Sykkylven in Møre og Romsdal, Norway? Well, then you might be related to the great film and television icon that was James Arness. In 1887, his grandfather Peter Andreas Olson Aursnes emigrated from Norway to America. The farm and family name Aursnes or Ørsnes - became Aurness - and then finally Arness.

Norway history | the ancient tradition of mountain pasture

For more than a thousand years, Norwegian farms sent their livestock to the summer dairy. This was an important part of Norwegian life. The milkmaid travelled with the animals to the forests or to the mountains to make use of the rich grazing resources there. Today, this way of life has almost disappeared.

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Norwegian royal family | my wonderful mother, Queen Maud

The mist of yesteryear somewhat masks the memory of Queen Maud of Norway. She was the mother and mentor behind one of the most respected men in modern Norwegian history: King Olav V. - Read his loving words about his mother.

Norway royal family | 50 years of marriage in 2018

After a troubled ten-year courtship, the current King Harald V of Norway finally got to marry his Miss Sonja Haraldsen on the 29th of August 1968.

Norwegian royal family | the secret of Queen Maud’s coffin

The Norwegian royal family had a narrow escape in April 1940, fleeing Oslo and Hitler-Germany's occupational forces. But what happened to the coffin of the recently departed Queen Maud of Norway - was it safe during those five long years of war?

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Norway landscape | a land of water

In the spring, the Norwegian mountain-snow melts and turns into creeks, rivers and magnificent waterfalls. The water rushes down steep hills and through the valleys, until it finds its way to the ocean.

Norway fjords | gateways to mystery

Once upon a time in the distant past, imagine yourself sitting in a small boat, facing this mighty gateway into the bowels of the land. Would you have had the courage to enter? To face the giant creatures surely waiting within?

Norway landscape | on the coastal path along the Oslofjord

Whether it be on a rainy day - or a beautiful summer’s day like this one - the coastal paths take us through some pleasing stretches of Norwegian scenery.

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Norwegian Buhund | a dog with deep roots in Norway’s history

When we tell the story of the Norwegian Buhund, we must distinguish between the old Norwegian word buhund and the more modern-day dog breed with the same name. They are two different entities – although also the same.

Norway moose | calf saved from drowning in 1939

Magne Løvstuen and his family adopted this moose calf after saving it from drowning in Lake Mjøsa. We don’t know too many details, but 7 photos also tell a story - and we wanted to share them with you.

Reindeer | an ancient presence in the Norwegian mountains

For thousands of years, a thick sheet of ice covered the Scandinavian peninsula. When the ice melted, herds of reindeer followed in its wake. And with the animals came their main predator: the humans.
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Norway horse history | in the land of the Vikings vol 2

The Norwegian horse no longer roams wild in the Norwegian landscape. But it still plays an important role in Norwegian awareness – connecting today’s people to the ancient Norwegian hunting and farming society.
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Norway horse history | in the land of the Vikings vol 1

The Norwegian horse settled in the Scandinavian landscape after the last ice age. The journey from the horse’s original undulating habitat to the steep mountains and valleys of Norway was long. Let us meet this majestic animal - and follow in its footsteps.

Norway | the last workhorse at Sandaker farm

When I was a boy, it was the workhorse that pulled the heaviest weight in agricultural life. And this had been the reality for as long as anyone could remember.

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Norway quiz | learn about Norway through questions vol. 1

How much do you know about the magnificent land of Norway? Test yourself, friends, and family through these 10 multiple-choice questions - vol. 1.

Norway population | the 1769 census was the first

1769 was the year of the first complete Norwegian census. The total population then, was not much larger than it is in just the capital Oslo today. Join us in exploring the details.

Norway facts | the 5 largest lakes

Norway has almost 1 million lakes and ponds - of all sizes. 6% of the mainland territory is freshwater. In today’s world, we often see lakes and rivers as obstacles, but in our roadless past, our ancestors embraced them as valuable transport routes.

Norway facts | the second longest coastline in the world

The Norwegian mainland coastline, with its many fjords and islands, is the second longest in the world. The fjords and the magnificent scenery are tourist magnets, and forever linked to the earliest part of Norwegian history.

The Norwegians | masters at sea

This beautiful oil painting by Johan Christian Dahl says a lot about generations of Norwegians - and the landscape and the skills they knew. For thousands of years, travelling and mastering the ocean was as natural as life itself.

Norwegian art | the mysterious boy from Setesdal

Carl Fredrik Sundt-Hansen created this fascinating oil painting in 1904. It is like a window leading to the house of history. If only we could climb through.

Do we show our ancestors the respect they deserve?

The modern human has a tendency to judge its forebears and their way of life solely based on the reality of our own time. Do we show our ancestors the respect they deserve by doing so?

Norway facts | only 3 percent is agricultural land

The most significant sections of productive soil can be found in the counties of Trøndelag, Hedmark, Oppland and Rogaland. If we add on Akershus, Østfold and Nordland, these districts account for 65% of the total agricultural area.

Norway rosemaling | a journey through rose painting history

For many, it may come as a surprise that the history of rose painting and its place in Norwegian folk art is not as old as one might think.

Norwegian to English | the best dictionary of them all?

Do you have pieces of Norwegian text stacked away that you would like to decipher? Or are you looking to get to learn the Norwegian language? Well, then Einar Haugen’s Norwegian-English dictionary might be just the book for you.

Norway history | old love never dies – 1895

The Norwegian newspaper Moss Avis printed this wee story on 13 July 1895. Neither the great Atlantic Ocean nor time or social conventions could separate a love that was meant to be.

Norway | the two Trøndelag counties have merged

As a first such an event in modern times: the Norwegian counties Sør-Trøndelag and Nord-Trøndelag have now merged. The name of the new county is Trøndelag. The change was approved by the Norwegian Government 20 May 2016 and was effective from 1 January 2018.

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Norway food history | the difference between mead and beer

Mead and beer are both alcoholic drinks known from Norwegian and world history. The Norwegians call them «mjød» and «øl». But do you know the difference between the two?

Folk medicine | as used by the Norwegians

Do you have trouble sleeping? Here are some examples of how the old Norwegians used Mother Nature’s very own remedies to cure their ailments.

Norway food history | the Norwegian cheese slicer

There are many types of cheese slicers, but Norwegian furniture maker Thor Bjørklund invented this particular model in 1925. He based his design on a carpenter’s tool. Can you guess which?

Norway food history | how to hand-milk the cow

In 1935, Aslaug Engnæs published a guidance book on how to milk the cow – with tips and suggestions – aimed at...

Norway food history | milk from the domesticated animals

For thousands of years, milk from the domesticated animals has played a dominant part in the Norwegian diet. People used milk from the cow, the reindeer, the sheep and the goat.

Norway food history | making butter the old way

For the old Norwegians, making butter was simply a way of preserving the fresh summer milk - turning it into a type of food that would last through the autumn and early winter.

Norway food history | a nation built on porridge

Some claim that porridge is the oldest hot dish in the Norwegian diet. Was it to our ancestors what bread is to the modern family of today?

Norway food history | the «Viking pizza»

In Norway, the pizza appeared as an exotic newcomer in the 1970s. But bread topped with foodstuffs is nothing new in Norwegian food history.

Norway food history | the beginning

To survive, all humans must secure their basic needs: the need for food, water, clothing, and shelter. When humankind first appeared in the Norwegian landscape – sometime after the last ice age – the search for food was their primary motivation.

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