Norway Cultural Information

Know before you go!
 
The following resources will help you prepare mentally for your study abroad experience! The more you learn about your host destination pre-departure, the richer your experience will be!
 

Norway Official Travel Guide

Culture Gram

Local News

Television and Films

Recommended Readings

  • Charlotte Isabel Hansen (Jarle Klepp #3) by Tore Renberg
  • Min kamp 1 (Min kamp #1) by Karl Ove Knausgård
  • Evig søndag by Linnéa Myhre
  • 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad
  • I Curse the River of Time By Per Petterson

Music

Cultural Activities

  • Experience TusenFryd amusement park in Oslo
  • Go Dog sledging in Finnmark
  • Visit the The Vega Islands in Nordland 
  • Tour Vigeland Park in Oslo

Recommended Readings

Common Norwegian Cuisine

  • Fenalår
  • Multekrem
  • Tørrfisk
  • Rømmegrøt
  • Kjøttkaker

Prominent Norwegian Figures

John Alieu Carew, is a Norwegian professional footballer. He is capped 91 times, scoring 24 goals for the Norwegian national team. His father is Gambian and his mother is Norwegian; he was born and raised in Norway.

Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen is a Norwegian chess grandmaster and former chess prodigy who is the No. 1 ranked player in the world. His peak rating is 2872, the highest in history. Carlsen was the 2009 World Blitz chess champion.

Bjørn Erlend Dæhlie is a Norwegian businessman and retired cross-country skier. With eight Olympic gold medals, Dæhlie is the most successful winter Olympic champion of all time. In addition, with nine gold medals in the Nordic World Ski Championships he is together with Petter Northug the most successful World Champion male skier.

 

Øystein Moen is a Norwegian jazz pianist and composer known for his participation in the bands Jaga Jazzist and Puma.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Politics

Harald V is the King of Norway, Prince of Denmark, and Prince of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg. He succeeded to the throne of Norway upon the death of his father Olav V on 17 January 1991. The son of the then-Crown Prince Olav and of Princess Märtha of Sweden, Harald was born at the Crown Prince Residence at Skaugum, Akershus, Norway. A member of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, originally from Northern Germany, Harald became the first Norwegian-born prince since Olav IV, who was born in 1370. Harald V is the formal head of the Church of Norway and the Norwegian Armed Forces. He has two children, Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Märtha Louise.

Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway with the full name Haakon Magnus, is the heir apparent to the throne of Norway and the son of the current King, Harald V. He is a member of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, which is a branch of the House of Oldenburg. In accordance with Norway's agnatic primogeniture succession, he became crown prince when his father ascended to the throne in 1991. He has an older sister, Princess Märtha Louise. Should he ascend as expected, he will be known as Haakon VIII.

 

Jens Stoltenberg is the Prime Minister of Norway and leader of the Norwegian Labour Party. Having assumed office on 17 October 2005, Stoltenberg was also Prime Minister from 2000 to 2001. Having first been elected to Parliament in 1993 for the Oslo constituency, Stoltenberg served as State Secretary in the Ministry of the Environment from 1990 to 1991 and as Minister of Industry from 1993 to 1996 in the Third Brundtland Cabinet, respectively. Following the resignation of Brundtland in 1996, Thorbjørn Jagland was elected leader of the Labour Party and became Prime Minister, while Stoltenberg was appointed Minister of Finance, an office he held until 17 October 1997 when Jagland and the entire government resigned. While in parliamentary opposition, Stoltenberg served in the standing committees on energy affairs. Following a motion of confidence against the First Bondevik Cabinet, Stoltenberg was appointed Prime Minister on 3 March 2000, despite being deputy leader of the party, and not the party leader.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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