Art and culture in Norway

Art and Culture in Norway

After being a world power during the Viking Age, Norway went through various unions with and occupations by Denmark and Sweden until independence in...
China and Norway Normalize Relations

China and Norway Normalize Relations

Six years ago the decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the imprisoned democracy advocate Liu Xiaobo opened a rift between the two countries. Last month the...
Utøya Memorial Pavilion, Norway

Utøya Memorial Pavilion, Norway

Five years after the shooting by Anders Breivik at Utøya in Norway, where he killed 69 people, mostly teenagers, Utøya Memorial Pavilion, Norway has...
In the Footsteps of a Swedish Crusader

In the Footsteps of a Swedish Crusader

In Western Sweden you can follow in the footsteps of a Swedish crusader, the fictional Arn Magnusson, created by the Swedish author Jan Guillot.     If...

Norse Beer – Viking Style

Do you believe in fairy tales? Imagine a place cradled among grand mountains, waterfalls and deep fjords. Imagine a place honoring Norse mythology and...

The Saga of the Volsungs

Sagas are stories mostly about ancient Nordic history, about early Viking voyages, the battles that took place during the voyages, about migration to Iceland...

The Scandinavian Herring Adventure

In the early Middle Ages, the sound between Sweden and Denmark was so full of herrings that the water seemed to boil. When the...
Norwegian Viking saga confirmed at Sverresborh

Norwegian Viking Saga Confirmed

The Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) announced last month that its researchers had discovered the foundations of a wooden church where the...

Norway’s Most Popular Tourist Attraction

More than 100,000 visitors are expected to visit Troll’s Tongue in Hordaland this year – in spite the fact that it was considered a...
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14 Funny Facts about Scandinavia

Usually Scandinavia is associated with winter sports and fjords; countries inhabited by tall, statuesque blondes and Vikings.  Yet there is so much more to...

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