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The Norwegian Dugnad: responsibilities and origins

Leaf rake and leaves

‘Dugnad’ is a Norwegian term for voluntary work done as a community or collective. Voluntary members will help to build clubhouses, or with any necessary work for families in need of help and the individual.

Published on 16th April, 2014 at 07:09 under columns by Sarah Bostock.

Odd Fellow building in downtown Oslo

The IOOF in Norway

The International Organisation of Odd Fellows is a North American fraternal and service organisation founded in Baltimore in 1819 and now with international offshoots.

Published on 15th April, 2014 at 07:15 under columns by M. Michael Brady.

Dagbladet logo

Norway’s disappearing Sunday newspapers

Printed editions are scarce on Sundays in Norway. There are now only four after Dagbladet ceased publication of its Sunday edition on 6th April this year.

Published on 13th April, 2014 at 08:34 under columns by M. Michael Brady.

Swix wax thermometer

The ski-in

Native Norwegians make cross-country skiing look like a glide-stepping walk in the park. As expats in Norway have heard a thousand times, this is because Norwegian babies are born with skis on.

Published on 12th April, 2014 at 12:44 under columns by Audrey Camp.Last Updated on 12th April 2014 at 13:06.

Cod

Foreigners fined for Finnmark fishing felony

Norwegian Customs and Excise officers stopped the German tourists in northern Norway's Kautokeino for major overfishing, Friday.

Published on 11th April, 2014 at 10:45 under news by Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 11th April 2014 at 12:20.

A lemming

Lemming myths: Norwegian words in English

The word lemming comes from the older Norwegian lemende, which in turn comes from the Old Norse lómundr of unknown origin. Lemming first appeared in English in 1607, in “The History of Four-footed Beasts” by English cleric and author Edward Topsell (1572-1625).

Published on 11th April, 2014 at 06:56 under columns by M. Michael Brady.

 

Norway businesses prefer German

Desk
Norwegian jobseekers are encouraged to learn German as a second foreign language instead of Spanish, a new Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) study…

Published on 10th April, 2014 at 20:59 under news
by Emma Åsberg.Last Updated on 12th April 2014 at 00:11.

Convicted Norway child molester seeks parole

‘Pocket Man’ Erik Andersen applies to the Courts following a new psychiatric report giving this the green light.

Published on 10th April, 2014 at 14:37 under news
by Michael Sandelson.

 

Internet bug ‘extremely serious’ – Norway security officials

A laptop keyboard (illustration photo)
In keeping with many other security organisations' worldwide advisories, computer users need to take note and action regarding the Heartbleed vulnerability,…

Published on 10th April, 2014 at 07:19 under news
by Manisha Choudhari.Last Updated on 10th April 2014 at 12:09.

Northern Norway leaves Tesla flat

Kirkenes after sunset
Drivers of the luxury US car could reach the end of the road due to no public fast-charging stations north of Tromsø.

Published on 9th April, 2014 at 20:33 under news
by Michael Sandelson.

 

Quisling: Norwegian words in English

Vidkun Quisling (L) Reichkommissar for Norway Josef Terboven
The word quisling comes from the surname of Vidkun Quisling (1887-1945), the Norwegian politician who headed a collaborationist regime in Norway during the…

Published on 9th April, 2014 at 07:13 under columns
by M. Michael Brady.Last Updated on 9th April 2014 at 07:24.

Norway health officials move on trans fat ban

Norwegian authorities oppose trans fats that can be found in biscuits, cookies, margarine, and cakes and other items, imposing a two-percent limit.

Published on 8th April, 2014 at 20:53 under news
by Manisha Choudhari.

 

The Nordic Association

Nordens house in Oslo
Foreningen Norden (“The Nordic Association”) started in 1919 as an inter-Nordic friendship association.

Published on 8th April, 2014 at 08:49 under columns
by M. Michael Brady.Last Updated on 8th April 2014 at 09:01.

Clooney intends North Sea divers film

Divers working underwater
George Clooney will be embarking on producing the Hollywood remake of Norwegian film Pionér (‘Pioneer’) following films like ‘Gravity’ and ‘The…

Published on 7th April, 2014 at 11:13 under news
by Manisha Choudhari and Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 7th April 2014 at 13:20.

 

Husband: Norwegian words in English

Husband and wife
The word husband in English comes from two old Old Norse words, hús, meaning “house”, and bόndi, designating a permanent resident. The combination…

Published on 7th April, 2014 at 07:29 under columns
by M. Michael Brady.

1814’s Norwegian constituent assemblymen dined well

Consituent Assembly at Eidsvoll, 1814
Food for thought can sometimes be a weighty and costly affair in Norway.

Published on 6th April, 2014 at 09:03 under columns
by M. Michael Brady.

 

The Viking drug mystery explored

Oseberg ship in Viking Ship Museum, Oslo
UPDATED: Archaeologists have recently found evidence suggesting that Norway may have been early out on cannabis use. It seems Vikings were not purely…

Published on 4th April, 2014 at 13:07 under columns
by M. Michael Brady.Last Updated on 5th April 2014 at 12:34.

UK-Norway ferry initiative pushed back

Norwegian Seaways' ferry
STAVANGER: Launch of the new trans-North Sea passenger vessel will now not occur in time for summer 2014, sources say.

Published on 4th April, 2014 at 10:59 under news
by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 4th April 2014 at 20:45.

 

Travelling with Norwegian words in English: fjord

Norwegian fjord landscape
Fjord is a loanword in English, from the Old Norse fjọrðr, which means ‘lake-like body of water used for ferrying and passage’.

Published on 4th April, 2014 at 07:21 under columns
by M. Michael Brady.Last Updated on 4th April 2014 at 11:00.

Scandinavians swap fat for flat

Cheeseburgers
Fast-food chains are forced to shut in Norway, taxes are placed on Trans fats in Denmark, and the juicer becomes Sweden’s gift of the year.

Published on 3rd April, 2014 at 18:18 under news
by Emma Åsberg.Last Updated on 4th April 2014 at 13:46.

 

Prominent Norwegian Jew named free speech prize recipient

Anne Sender
Foundation Fritt Ord awards Anne Sender their annual prize for her contribution to combating anti-Semitism and work regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Published on 3rd April, 2014 at 12:00 under news
by Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 3rd April 2014 at 18:20.

Oil industry strike averted

Norway’s first round of industrial action did not take place as feared after industrial sector frontrunner unions reached agreement, Wednesday.

Published on 3rd April, 2014 at 09:18 under news
by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson.

 

Norway’s Carlsen to Tromsø, NRK wins broader bid

Close up of a white king
Chess Olympiad Tromsø 2014 has accepted a deal with state-owned broadcaster NRK for the rights to transmit the event on the internet, TV, and radio. Magnus…

Published on 3rd April, 2014 at 07:20 under news
by Sarah Bostock.Last Updated on 3rd April 2014 at 12:01.

Foreigners discriminated against in Norway fishing sector

A staffing company actively pays foreigners less than their Norwegian counterparts, an NRK report reveals.

Published on 2nd April, 2014 at 14:49 under news
by Manisha Choudhari and Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 3rd April 2014 at 07:23.

 

Nordic mythology and elves: Norwegian words in English

Älvalek (“Elf dance”)
The word elf in English comes from the Old Norse word álfr. Today it’s spelled in a similar way in Danish, alf, and in Norwegian, alv, words that have…

Published on 2nd April, 2014 at 10:48 under columns
by M. Michael Brady.Last Updated on 2nd April 2014 at 14:49.

World media pranks on 01st April

A jester hat
In the spirit of April Fools’ Day, media across the world published articles with potential to mislead. But which ones were true, which were hoaxes?

Published on 2nd April, 2014 at 07:27 under news
by Manisha Choudhari.Last Updated on 2nd April 2014 at 10:49.

 

Norway food producers spar over Greek yoghourt

A Greek yoghourt make
UPDATED: Company Synnøve Finden is threating to sue farmers’ dairy cooperative TINE for alleged labyrinthine marketing practices.

Published on 1st April, 2014 at 17:34 under news
by Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 2nd April 2014 at 07:28.

Norway industry walkouts near

Over 17,000 workers in several sectors could be called out on strike this week after talks broke down.

Published on 1st April, 2014 at 10:48 under news
by Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 3rd April 2014 at 09:28.

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Racist statements on eastern Norway school

Skien’s Kollmyr Primary School and Gulsethallen sports facility were defaced with racist graffiti and Nazi symbols painted on the buildings’ walls at the weekend.

Deputy Transport Minister fumbles his ethnic communication
Bård Hoksrud

Norway Progress Party (FrP) politician Bård Hoksrud joked that black people that do not smile in the dark are hard to see.

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