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829093.  Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:51 pm Reply with quote

Mange Hurtigruten

955586.  Tue Dec 11, 2012 11:40 am Reply with quote

I know there's been a lot of Hurtigruten in this thread, but I wanted to mention that there is an hour long edit made for American TV out now. It has English narration and subtitles. You can watch the entire program on YouTube:

Also, a little quibble and possibly not the right place to mention it, but in the 1227 facts book, they claim Red Bull is illegal in Norway (page 242). It's sold in every grocery store, kiosk and gas station I ever came across here. So either they are all breaking the law, or perhaps the elves got their facts wrong. ;)

955614.  Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:33 pm Reply with quote

It seems that they were out of date. The linked article - in Norwegian - considers the question of whether there ought to be a lower age limit for the purchase of Red Bull. If I'm reading it correctly, the second paragraph notes that Red Bull became legal to sell in Norway about one month ago - i.e. May 2009, since the article is from June of that year.

So Red Bull was banned in Norway, but no longer. Denmark, France and Iceland too used to have bans, but no more. As far as I can discover, it is still banned in Uruguay.

Oceans Edge
974973.  Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:10 am Reply with quote

don't know how 'interesting', but definitely curious...

apparently the Norwegians have an unmatched passion for - firewood.

Almost a million people tuned in to NRK's prime time Friday broadcast of 12 hours of ... firewood, including 8 hours of live coverage of, a burning fireplace. Apparently the broadcast elicited some angry tweets in the early part of the show, debating the proper stacking of the faggots.

996697.  Wed May 15, 2013 3:17 pm Reply with quote

I was going to point out how the placename "Hell" is actually from "helle" or something that sort of... Damn, I can't even think, I'm way too embarrased by all the weird TV shows NRK sends...

1009341.  Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:54 pm Reply with quote

Back to Hurtigruten -

The Norwegian broadcast company NRK has held a competition based on the Hurtigruten broadcast: creative uses of it, extensions or new uses of the material, etc.
The winner is a man that has created a complete index of exactly what is happening and when, for all of the 5-and-a-half day broadcast.


He will be using his prize - a holiday voucher - on - yes, you've probably guessed it by now - a 5 day ferry trip with - no surprises - Hurtigruten.

It must be all those long, dark winter nights. You need something to keep your mind occupied.


1009342.  Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:58 pm Reply with quote

Oh, and while I'm at it - a "helle" is a flat stone slab.
It has other meanings, but I think this is the relevant one.

1084423.  Mon Jul 14, 2014 7:14 am Reply with quote

I've always been fascinated by Norway's Antarctic Territories...Norway's Secret Empire.

Bouvet Island is Quite Interesting, being the remotest island in the world - furthest from any other land. It has a Quite Interestingly named geographical feature, which appears to translate into English as Cape Circumcision.

1119971.  Sun Feb 22, 2015 2:53 pm Reply with quote

I just realised there's some parts of Norwegian life I see as normal or take for granted that non-Norwegians might find peculiar.

Online phonebook services like lets you search for any name, number or even address and gives you the two missing things. Some non-Norwegians I've talked to think this is very bad protection of personal information, but I'm of the mind it doesn't offer any more information than a paper-edition of the phonebook does, it's just more easily available, and you can check who a missed call came from even if you don't recognise the number.

The tax listings with people's netto earings through the year is also available and searchable online, going back several years. Now you can probably see who's been looking you up. I'm not sure how it could be abused either way, unless it's to start petty arguments.

What they're no longer publishing is the national school tests taken by fifth, eighth, and tenth graders in Norwegian, English, and Maths to see how well people are doing. When they published it it lead to a lot of picking on the schools/areas that were doing poorly.

1121078.  Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:23 pm Reply with quote

CharliesDragon wrote:
I just realised there's some parts of Norwegian life I see as normal or take for granted that non-Norwegians might find peculiar.

If e.g. Putin would visit 18 Inkognitogata, so Oslo can tell Putin that they don't like a lack of privacy of Russian internet users, then your diplomats or journalists should expect that Putin will remind you of your own weird habits.

In the Netherlands, where his daughter lives, the government had to discuss the Russian gay propaganda laws with Putin. Instead of discussing the matter he just had to mention the SGP, a confessional political party which violated the UN Rights on Women, and M-themed MARTIJN, an association which advocated pedophilia and the legalisation of sexual relationships between adults and children. Final score: 1-1, or perhaps even 1-2.


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