It's always fun to learn something new about different cultures and traditions—be it an exotic island with just a few inhabitants, or a wealthy European country with over 5 million citizens. Every part of the world has something new to bring to the table and Norway is no exception. For instance, did you know that if it weren't for Norwegians, we wouldn't have salmon sushi? Or that a penguin named Nils Olav was presented the title of Colonel-in-Chief of the Norwegian King's Guard by the king? Turns out, not only do the happiest (and some of the richest) people live in Norway, but they have incredibly fascinating things about their everyday life that are worth sharing with you all!

For this reason, we made this short list of slightly unusual but nonetheless very interesting facts about this Nordic country. Also, if you are (or were) lucky enough to reside in Norway, don't hesitate to share facts and bits about the country that you found interesting!

#1

When someone publishes a new book in Norway and it passes quality control, Arts Council Norway buys 1000 copies of it to distribute to libraries, or 1550 copies if it’s a children’s book. The idea is that it keeps many publishers alive and supports writers while they're still working on building their careers. In addition to this, books are also exempted from Norway’s value-added tax.

jechstra , newstatesman Report

K Miller
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4 months ago

Quality control?

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#2

Norway's oil fund is worth somewhere over 1 trillion dollars. However, the country only spends 3% of the fund a year, because they are saving it for the next generation.

commons.wikimedia.org , Bloomberg Report

Vincent Jay
Community Member
4 months ago

Now, THAT is a good idea! It's much better than what we are doing, handing down a $27 trillion debt to our decendents. .

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#3

Svalbard is the only visa-free zone in the world. That means that anybody can live and work there indefinitely no matter the country of citizenship.

gus880 , wiki Report

Norma
Community Member
4 months ago

Look how beautiful that is...

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#4

Back in 2013, former Prime Minister of Norway Jens Stoltenberg went incognito as a taxi driver in Oslo. According to him, he did so to "hear from real Norwegian voters and taxis were one of the few places where people shared their true views."

euronews (in English) , BBC Report

Daniel Marsh
Community Member
4 months ago

I'd give him kudos if he had left he "Look at me! I'm your PM! suit at home."

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#5

In Halden prison, its guards are encouraged to interact with inmates by playing sports, eating, and doing other types of activities together. It is believed to prevent aggression from both sides and to create a sense of family. While the prison is of maximum security, all of its 10-square-meter cells have a flat-screen TV, a toilet and a shower, and fluffy towels.

Justis , The Guardian Report

mysty
Community Member
4 months ago

"notorious serial killer finally put to justice in jail" guard's wife: finally! what a horrible person. guard: he's not too bad. only tried to kill me a couple of times.

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#6

In Norway, people use the term "Texas" as slang for "crazy." According to Daniel Gusfre Ims, the head of the advisory service at the Language Council of Norway, it became part of the language when people started watching cowboy films and reading such literature. "The genre was extremely popular in Norway, and a lot of it featured Texas, so the word became a symbol of something lawless and without control," he told BBC.

skynoir , BBC Report

Norma
Community Member
4 months ago

It's slang for "crazy" in Texas, too.

Night Owl
Community Member
4 months ago

I thought that was "Florida Man" ;)

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Estelle Winwoode
Community Member
4 months ago

In other parts of the world the expression "only in America..." means sort of the same thing.

Anne Easterling
Community Member
4 months ago

Aw, this is sad. Native Texan here, and Texas today is not the Texas in old cowboy films.

JuJu
Community Member
4 months ago

That's the problem...

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Call Me Mars
Community Member
4 months ago

I lived in texas for 5 years. Right now, THEY ARE CRAZY!

Marvin HoG
Community Member
4 months ago

Should be Florida

Bob Belcher
Community Member
4 months ago

I see no problems with this as a Texan

Julia Turner
Community Member
4 months ago

Lived in Norway for four years and never heard any of my Norwegian friends use this.

WildBerry
Community Member
4 months ago

It's bogus, like so many things that get posted here.

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Łukasz Markuszewski
Community Member
4 months ago

In Poland we use "Meksyk" (Mexico) for crazy but also if we are overwhelmed with work to be done.

Mag Marguerite
Community Member
4 months ago

You can also hear this kind of thing in Belgium, if there is a fight or a bit of mayhem ... Hey, we are not in Texas here!

Tabitha L
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes Texas = crazy. This is not news to me.

Melissa Powell
Community Member
4 months ago

Hey, we in the USA, do and think the same.

Susan Riley
Community Member
4 months ago

They sure got that right, didn't they? If they're talking about ~really~ whacko though, they should say "Florida."

Faith Hurst-Bilinski
Community Member
4 months ago

That tracks.

M Kate McCulloch
Community Member
4 months ago

They are not wrong to do so - You could add, 'a real trumpster' to that list defined as psychopath.

giku T
Community Member
4 months ago

same here..in turkey-at least in family .for example:when we are stuck up in a chaotic traffic and all the drivers are going crazy: its like texas in here!

James S.
Community Member
4 months ago

Depends on what part of Texas you go to. I recently moved to Austin, and from what I’ve seen there are little to no signs of “crazy” or “lawless” culture here. But I’ve heard it can be a different story in other parts of the state

Erin E
Community Member
4 months ago

🤣

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thepinkrobot
Community Member
4 months ago

There's a really good Western with Mads Mikkelsen in it as a Norwegian immigrant! I recommend it but i can't remember the title lol

jk nbt
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

I live in Texas... come for a visit before you judge us... remember that the movies & tv you have been watching for decades are sooo cliche... they are just trying to sell tickets to that John Wayne movie or other macho idiot movie you are seeing... the main advantage to TX is the good business climate, moderate taxes, no state income tax, and jobs... young people come down here looking for work all the time because nothing is available in their home states. Some states have over-taxed and over-regulated everything to the point businesses can't make any money there anymore (which means no growth, no new jobs)... Companies relocate here every year & change their incorporation charter papers so they don't have to pay state taxes... They can afford to recruit & keep the most talented workers with the millions of dollars saved... Even low-skilled working people can afford nice cars & modest houses... They don't have to be lifetime renters... Houston & Dallas are the two most diverse cities in the country (all are welcome), so don't over-generalize... so come for a visit & bring your credit cards... There are a lot of fun things to do in the state... you just might stay... (p.s...who would possibly down-vote something as positive as this? Unbelievable) see: https://thedaytripper.com/ or https://thetexasbucketlist.com/

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
3 months ago

Um, former resident here...you have no public flood control....anywhere in the state outside of the ports....why?????? Back in California now, where we may not have rain, but our homes won't get flooded if we do. (I actually witnessed a Buick floating away down a street in a torrent, and it ended up in a river.) -Rev Dr M....who just judged your state and found your state and people lacking (Daniel 5:25)

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#7

The income and wealth of all Norway's residents are on the public record. The idea behind the concept is that tax evasion becomes much more difficult to achieve this way—someone who records a low income but drives an expensive car becomes suspicious to authorities.

jamieca , lifeinnorway Report

Hans
Community Member
4 months ago

This is only half the truth. In Norway, there is much more transparency when it comes to financial matters. You will receive a pre-filled out tax report that in many cases includes everything that would need to be included already. Cash is used less and less, and for example paying for craftsmen in cash is not possible but for very small sums. What sounds like a privacy nightmare works the other way around, too. The state is working more transparently than elsewhere and most people trust the state. For those interested in this topic, I recommend reading into "the nordic model".

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#8

Norwegians are crazy about tacos! Even though only introduced to the country in the '90s, the dish quickly became extremely popular and appreciated by Norwegians. In fact, it became so popular that even Taco Fridays (tacofredag) became something to celebrate each week!

borderlys , theculturetrip Report

mysty
Community Member
4 months ago

taco bell: it's free real estate

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#9

Norway has one of the world’s strictest advertising guidelines as of 2007. In the same year, Norway's consumer ombudsman targeted automakers who made claims that their cars were "green," "clean," or "environmentally friendly." “Cars cannot do anything good for the environment except less damage than others,” Bente Oeverli, a senior official at the office of the state-run Consumer Ombudsman, told the media. The guidelines distributed to carmakers said: "We ask that ... phrases such as 'environmentally friendly,' 'green,' 'clean,’ ‘environmental car,’ ‘natural,’ or similar descriptions not be used in marketing cars."

tomoyoshi , wiki Report

Norma
Community Member
4 months ago

Lookit that cute lil car!! I want one!!

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#10

Slow TV—or a long coverage of seemingly mundane and ordinary events—is quite popular in Norway. The national broadcaster NRK has regularly shown programmes or documentaries such as a 376-hour boat voyage, 60 hours of choirs singing, and 12 hours of knitting. The first slow TV show was the program Bergensbanen minute by minute—train journey across Southern Norway, which showed a 7-hour train journey from Bergen to Oslo. It was aired back in 2009.

Mike Seyfang , wiki Report

K Miller
Community Member
4 months ago

When there's nothing else on TV, might be nice to have on in the background while you're doing something else.

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#11

For tax purposes, stripping counts as an art form.
"A Norwegian appeals court has ruled that striptease is an art form and should therefore be exempt from value-added tax," BBC shared back in 2006.

thomashawk , BBC Report

mysty
Community Member
4 months ago

yes... a r t

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#12

Due to the polar bear threat in Svalbard, an island 2030 km north of Oslo, anyone traveling outside the settlements "must be equipped with appropriate means of frightening and chasing off polar bears." The governor of the island recommends people carry firearms with them.

Sprok , sysselmannen Report

Matthew White
Community Member
4 months ago

wow

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#13

Norwegians used to have a car brand named Troll. Only 5 cars were ever made by Troll, though, which are all in car museums. The Troll was in production between 1956 and 1958 and was made in a factory in Lunde, Telemark.

unknown , fjordtours Report

Norma
Community Member
4 months ago

Holy crap! No wonder they went broke! 5 cars in 2 years?!?!?

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#14

In Norway, Easter is sometimes referred to as "Påskekrim" (Easter Crime). During the holiday, almost everyone reads crime novels, watches true crime shows, and reads special crime-related literary supplements in the Norwegian newspapers.
The tradition began when two young Norwegian authors—Nordahl Grieg and Nils Lie—came up with an idea to write a crime bestseller. Together with their publisher, on the Sunday before Easter, they launched an advertising campaign in which the book’s title "Bergen train looted in the night" got the top spot on the front page. The realistic ad, which many confused with a real robbery, received an overwhelming amount of attention and the novel became a huge success. “Many consider this novel to be the first Easter crime and the very origin of the tradition,” Bjarne Buset, information manager at the Norwegian publishing house Gyldendal, told the media.

question_everything , visitnorway Report

mysty
Community Member
4 months ago

dang you don't need a reason to watch criminal minds, guys

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