Oslo | is the capital city of Norway

Oslo is the capital city of Norway. It was founded in AD 1048 by the Viking king Harald Hardråde. Historically, Oslo was also known as Christiania or Kristiania.

Strandsitter | is Norwegian for a beach dweller | Norway

In the coastal districts of the old Norway, a strandsitter was a beach dweller - who rented a small piece of land - but owned the house he built on it. His livelihood was usually connected to the sea.

Queen Maud of Norway | her background and childhood years

Queen Maud of Norway was born in London in 1869, as Princess Maud of Wales. Her grandmother was none other than the formidable Queen Victoria.

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History timeline | from stone age to modern era | Norway

In this article you will find an introduction to Norway’s 15 main historical eras - from the ice age to our modern day.

Folk instruments | the birch trumpet | Norway

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?

Wooden buildings one thousand years old | Norway

The oldest wooden buildings in Norway are almost 1000 years old - like Urnes stave church in Luster. How come these buildings do not rot away and disappear?

Folk tales | Pesta and the Black Death | Norway

Folklore and old folk tales often depict The Black Death in the shape of an ashen-faced old woman. Her name was Pesta.

Stabbur | the food storehouse on the old Norwegian farm

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

Homestead | the ancient tradition of mountain pasture | Norway

For more than a thousand years, Norwegian farmers sent their livestock to feed in the forests and the mountains. Today, this way of life has almost disappeared.

norway | history

Strandsitter | is Norwegian for a beach dweller | Norway

In the coastal districts of the old Norway, a strandsitter was a beach dweller - who rented a small piece of land - but owned the house he built on it. His livelihood was usually connected to the sea.

History timeline | from stone age to modern era | Norway

In this article you will find an introduction to Norway’s 15 main historical eras - from the ice age to our modern day.
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Vintage photos | the region of Sogn og Fjordane | Norway

In this video-collection of historical photos, we visit the west coast of Norway and the region of Sogn og Fjordane. Enjoy!
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Vintage photos | the spinning wheel | Norway

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

Ice-fishing | 7 photos to enjoy | Norway

In the olden days, people dressed up warmly and got out onto the fjord or lake to catch their Sunday dinner. Enjoy!

Folk instruments | the birch trumpet | Norway

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?

Needlework | 7 photos of a beautiful bonnet | Norway

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

Homestead | bringing home the winter hay | Norway

On the historical Norwegian farm, winter feed for the domestic animals was a precious resource. Sometimes it was harvested and temporarily stored far away from the farm.

Folk medicine | as used by the Norwegians | Norway

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.

Homestead | cutting marsh grass on the frozen lake | Norway

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

History | the sweater from Setesdal | Norway

In a cold country like Norway, warm clothing is essential. This is a refined and old version of a woollen sweater from the district of Setesdal.

Homestead | how to hand-milk the cow | Norway

In 1935, Aslaug Engnæs published a guidance book on how to milk the cow.

Sami people | sleeping on a bed of glowing embers | Sapmi

When there were no makeshift or permanent dwellings nearby, the Sami hunters and herders sometimes slept under the open sky.

Sami people | injustice and the king’s apology | Sapmi

In 1997, His Majesty King Harald V of Norway came to the Norwegian Sami Assembly with an essential and overdue apology.

Vintage photos | the landscape | Norway

The Norwegian landscape is wild and beautiful. And it is a lot more than just fjords and mountains.

Wooden buildings one thousand years old | Norway

The oldest wooden buildings in Norway are almost 1000 years old - like Urnes stave church in Luster. How come these buildings do not rot away and disappear?

Homestead | memories from Langfjordbotn in Finnmark | Norway

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

Homestead | memories from Værøy in Lofoten | Norway

The wild ocean world of Værøy in Lofoten Norway was the birthplace of Mimmi Benjaminsen – born in 1894.

Homestead | making butter the old way | Norway

For the old Norwegians, making butter was simply a way of preserving the fresh summer milk - turning it into a type of food that could be stored.

Vintage photos | the people | Norway

Here is a collection of some wonderful vintage photos, showing a handful of Norwegians and their lives.

Vintage photos | the buildings and vessels | Norway

From the archive of historical photos, we begin with the paddle steamer Skibladner, or the white swan of Mjøsa, as the Norwegians call her.

Vintage photos | the artwork | Norway

A photo is a snapshot of history - and a story and a history lesson in itself.

Vintage photos | the tools and handicrafts | Norway

Old objects tell stories, silent stories about a time gone by.

Vintage photos | the stave churches | Norway

Some of the beautiful Norwegian wooden stave churches are almost 1000 years old. Today, there are 28 of them left.

Vintage photos | the domestic animals | Norway

Watch some lovely vintage photos of mankinds's many good friends.

Homestead | the old farm and the need for water | Norway

The old Norwegian farm needed hundreds of litres of water every single day: for food-making, cleaning, and human and animal consumption.

Sami people | 12 vintage photos | Sapmi

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

Vintage photos | the rose painted chests | Norway

The rose painted chests of Norway - a treasure that will live for centuries to come.

The old Norwegians needed no money | Norway

The old Norwegian farming society was a self-sufficient and balanced world. Coins and notes were all but an alien concept.

Homestead | finding Ole Johan Nyaas and his barn | Norway

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?

History | wooden drinking bowl – a kjenge | Norway

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.

The old Norway | and its last army of storytellers | Norway

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.

Folk tales | Pesta and the Black Death | Norway

Folklore and old folk tales often depict The Black Death in the shape of an ashen-faced old woman. Her name was Pesta.

Homestead | moving into the barn during summer | Norway

The first half of the 1900s was a time of enormous change in Norwegian society. It was then that a young boy experienced a peculiar family custom.

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

The Black Death – mother of all plagues - ravaged humankind in the mid-1300s. A Norwegian scholar takes us through the lead up to the disaster.

Homestead | the Sæterhaugen farm saga | Norway

In 1942, Hans Hyldbakk wrote the history of the local cotter's holdings in Surnadal, Nordmøre, Norway. The book was updated in 1966.

Homestead | the Sortehaug farm saga | Norway

Skodje sogelag and Louis Giske wrote the history of the two Sortehaug farms and its inhabitants back in 1986.

The old Norwegian farm | its land and surroundings | Norway

In this post, we take a look at the layout of the Norwegian farm and its surroundings - and how the land and its resources were utilised.

Homestead | the old farm and the hour of twilight | Norway

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.

Homestead | the Stornæve farm saga – Trøndelag | Norway

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 US.

Norway and its age-old farming culture | Norway

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.

Mystery | 1895: a dead man in the fjord | Norway

It was midsummer 1895. An older man was found drifting in the fjord just outside Moss, Norway - shot in the temple with a revolver. Who was he?

Stabbur | the food storehouse on the old Norwegian farm

Like all buildings on the old 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 | Norway

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.

Homestead | the ancient tradition of mountain pasture | Norway

For more than a thousand years, Norwegian farmers sent their livestock to feed in the forests and the mountains. Today, this way of life has almost disappeared.

norway | homestead

Strandsitter | is Norwegian for a beach dweller | Norway

In the coastal districts of the old Norway, a strandsitter was a beach dweller - who rented a small piece of land - but owned the house he built on it. His livelihood was usually connected to the sea.

Homestead | bringing home the winter hay | Norway

On the historical Norwegian farm, winter feed for the domestic animals was a precious resource. Sometimes it was harvested and temporarily stored far away from the farm.

Folk medicine | as used by the Norwegians | Norway

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.

Homestead | cutting marsh grass on the frozen lake | Norway

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

Homestead | how to hand-milk the cow | Norway

In 1935, Aslaug Engnæs published a guidance book on how to milk the cow.

Homestead | memories from Langfjordbotn in Finnmark | Norway

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

Homestead | memories from Værøy in Lofoten | Norway

The wild ocean world of Værøy in Lofoten Norway was the birthplace of Mimmi Benjaminsen – born in 1894.

Homestead | making butter the old way | Norway

For the old Norwegians, making butter was simply a way of preserving the fresh summer milk - turning it into a type of food that could be stored.

Homestead | the old farm and the need for water | Norway

The old Norwegian farm needed hundreds of litres of water every single day: for food-making, cleaning, and human and animal consumption.

Homestead | finding Ole Johan Nyaas and his barn | Norway

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?

Homestead | moving into the barn during summer | Norway

The first half of the 1900s was a time of enormous change in Norwegian society. It was then that a young boy experienced a peculiar family custom.

Homestead | the Sæterhaugen farm saga | Norway

In 1942, Hans Hyldbakk wrote the history of the local cotter's holdings in Surnadal, Nordmøre, Norway. The book was updated in 1966.

Homestead | the Sortehaug farm saga | Norway

Skodje sogelag and Louis Giske wrote the history of the two Sortehaug farms and its inhabitants back in 1986.

The old Norwegian farm | its land and surroundings | Norway

In this post, we take a look at the layout of the Norwegian farm and its surroundings - and how the land and its resources were utilised.

Homestead | the old farm and the hour of twilight | Norway

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.

Homestead | the Stornæve farm saga – Trøndelag | Norway

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 US.

Norway and its age-old farming culture | Norway

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.

Stabbur | the food storehouse on the old Norwegian farm

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

Homestead | the ancient tradition of mountain pasture | Norway

For more than a thousand years, Norwegian farmers sent their livestock to feed in the forests and the mountains. Today, this way of life has almost disappeared.

norway | royals

Queen Maud of Norway | her background and childhood years

Queen Maud of Norway was born in London in 1869, as Princess Maud of Wales. Her grandmother was none other than the formidable Queen Victoria.

Norwegian royal family | 50 years of marriage in 2018 | Norway

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.

Queen Maud of Norway | the secret of the queen’s coffin

In 1938, Queen Maud died unexpectedly during a visit to the United Kingdom. But what happened to her unentombed coffin when the Germans attacked Norway in 1940?

norway | landscape

Norway | a land of water

In the spring, the Norwegian mountain-snow melts and turns into creeks, rivers and magnificent waterfalls.

Fjords | gateways to mystery | Norway

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.

Norway | 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.

norway | animals

Norwegian Buhund | viking dog with an ancient history | Norway

The first Norwegian Buhund breed-standard came in 1926, based on a dog that had evolved, lived, and worked with the Norwegians since time immemorial.

Moose calf saved from drowning in 1939 | Norway

Magne Løvstuen and his family adopted this moose calf after saving it from drowning in Lake Mjøsa.

Reindeer | an ancient presence in the Norwegian mountains

When the ice melted after the last ice age, herds of reindeer followed in its wake. And with the animals came their main predator: the humans.
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Horse history in the land of the Vikings vol 2 | Norway

The horse no longer roams wild in the Norwegian landscape. But it still plays an important role in Norwegian awareness.
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Horse history in the land of the Vikings vol 1 | Norway

The horse settled in the Scandinavian landscape after the last ice age. Let us meet this majestic animal - and follow in its footsteps.

The last workhorse at Sandaker farm | Norway

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.

norway | facts and more

Oslo | is the capital city of Norway

Oslo is the capital city of Norway. It was founded in AD 1048 by the Viking king Harald Hardråde. Historically, Oslo was also known as Christiania or Kristiania.

Quiz vol. 1 | what is the name of the capital city? | Norway

Do you know the name of Norway’s capital city? Test yourself, friends, and family in this 10 multiple-choice questions quiz vol. 1.

Population | the 1769 census was the first | Norway

1769 was the year of the first complete Norwegian census. Today, Norway has a population of more than 5 million, in 1769 the number was 723,618.

Facts | the 5 largest lakes | Norway

Norway is a land of water, with its almost 1 million lakes and ponds of all sizes. Join us in exploring the 5 largest of her lakes, and some more Norway facts.

Facts | the second longest coastline in the world | Norway

Norway's mainland coastline, with its many fjords and islands, is the second longest in the world - next only to Canada. Here are some more facts for you.

The Norwegians | masters at sea | Norway

This beautiful oil painting by Johan Christian Dahl says a lot about generations of Norwegians - and the landscape and the skills they knew.

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?

Norwegian art | the mysterious boy from Setesdal | Norway

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? | Norway

The modern human has a tendency to judge its forebears and their way of life solely based on the reality of our own time.

Facts | only 3 percent is agricultural land | Norway

The most significant sections of Norwegian productive soil can be found in the counties of Trøndelag, Hedmark, Oppland and Rogaland.

Rosemaling | a journey through rose painting history | Norway

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? | Norway

Are you looking for a Norwegian-to-English dictionary, which includes old-fashioned words and dialect words? Then this is your definite pick.

History | old love never dies – 1895 | Norway

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.

norway | food

Food history | the difference between mead and beer | Norway

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

Food history | the Norwegian cheese slicer | Norway

There are many types of cheese slicers, but Norwegian furniture maker Thor Bjørklund invented the Norwegian version in 1925.

Food history | milk from the domesticated animals | Norway

For thousands of years, milk from the domesticated animals has played a dominant part in the Norwegian diet.

Food history | a nation built on porridge | Norway

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?

Food history | the «Viking pizza» | Norway

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

Food history | the beginning | Norway

When humankind first appeared in the Norwegian landscape – sometime after the last ice age – the search for food was their primary motivation.