The ten most important facts about Norway:
1) We have the original fjordsTM, designed by Slartibartfast. He even won an award for it.
2) We have snow. Lots of it. (Except for those years when we complain about global warming. The debate somehow arises only when there's no snow...) Last winter it snowed so much that there is still some left.
(Left: the snow depot this winter. Right: the snow depot a few days ago - there is still snow under the black sand)
3) Norway is not the capital of Sweden or Copenhagen or even Scandinavia. Norway is an independent country, located in Scandinavia (and it's a part of Europe too, even if we are not a part of the European Union. This explains why they cut us out of the €-coin).
4) Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback is Norwegian.
5) The international term "quisling" (as in “You quisling, you ate my lutefisk!”) comes from the not-so-loveable fanatic Hitler allowed to rule Norway for a while during World War Two. (For those who have never heard the expression, it means traitor, and it’s one of four words in the Norwegian dictionary under the letter Q)
6) Norway is a monarchy. Our king’s name is Harald the fifth. He’s kinda cool! He also has no real power. The (then Swedish) king lost that to the Storting (our parliament) at the end of the 19th century.
7) Norwegians speak Norwegian. It’s a language. However, if you ever go there, you will also find that most Norwegians know their English, they just tend to mix up verb tenses and pronounce a “W” like a “V”.
8) Sweden is Norway’s big brother. That’s why we always make fun of them (and vice versa, as far as I know). Really, it’s just love! We were under Swedish rule for almost a hundred years, and before that under Denmark for 400 years. And still, somehow, we are much angrier at Sweden…
9) Every year, an important-looking Norwegian man gets to say “This year’s laureate is….”, because Norway is the country awarding the Nobel Peace Prize. Sweden has all the others, but somehow, Norway got the BIG one! Ha! (See what I mean? Love between brothers…)
10) Even though Norway is a nice country to live in, somehow, during history, lots and lots of people have emigrated. First, the Vikings went to Greenland and Iceland and inhabited these islands. (One of them even went to America. It was, for those who didn’t know this, Leif Eriksson, not Columbus, who “discovered” America! After the Native Americans, that is…)
We kept going to America, and nowadays, most of the Midwest is inhabited by people with a Norwegian (okay, Scandinavian. Sweden and Denmark also sent people there…) great-great-grandfather.
Consider yourselves educated!