With Christmas comes the turning of the sun, and the promise of a new year. Enjoy these traditional and vintage Norwegian Christmas cards - 24 in all.
LA Dahlmann | talk NORWAY
The nisse-family coming out from the barn to get their Christmas porridge. | Artist: Othar Holmboe - Damm cc pdm.
In this advent calendar of images, you will find 24 examples of how artists and photographers have interpreted the spirit of the Norwegian Christmas.
The nisse, one of the most familiar creatures of Scandinavian folklore, is a frequent guest in many of the pictures. It is a being with roots stretching far back into the depths of history, long before the introduction of Christianity, which took place around the turn of the second millennium AD.
On 9 April 1940, German forces attacked Norway in the early hours of the morning. The Norwegian armed forces attempted to stave off the attack, but they were in no way prepared for this monumental task.
With a growing population and public sector, Norway pushed through significant reforms in several areas: public structure and organisation, welfare, health care, tax, policing, public services, and more.
In the year AD 1537, King Christian 3 of Denmark-Norway embraced the Lutheran Reformation, and the Norwegians went from being Catholics to Protestants. The king confiscated the Catholic Church’s considerable wealth, a welcomed addition to the royal coffers. Norway more or less ceased to exist as a sovereign state and became a province under Denmark.
Kantslått is a Norwegian noun that means (1) the grass that is cut along the edges of a field, a road, etc. or (2) the actual process of cutting this grass. Traditionally, the grass was used as animal fodder.