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Many people wonder what is this little Christmas being, that appears in so many Scandinavian stories, songs and mainly in floklore. It comes from really old beliefs and with the simpliest words is the mythological creature (tomte, tomtenisse – Sweden, nisse – Norway, Denmark, tonttu – Finland). Nisse is the word derived from the name Nils, which is form of Nicholas. Continue reading “Nisse – Nordic Christmas brownie (hob).”
When you can’t control how much snow will fall this week (but you really like the snow, your inner child), when you can’t control what you will have for dinner, because your fridge is empty, and there’s only one thing to be prepared (but you’re really craving some steak). When you can’t control if people who you love are in good or bad state of living (but it frustrates the hell out of you). But it gets really downhill, when you can’t control if people who you love, love you back. Continue reading “When you can’t control things.”
Janteloven, Jantelögin, Jantelagen, Janten laki… all those names sum up to Law of Jante. It’s not accidental that all those synonyms are Scandinavian or Nordic. It’s all began there. In the simplest words, it’s all about being ordinary, negative look on individual success and generally speaking, equality of everyone i every life aspect.
Continue reading “Janteloven – no individuality?”
Darkness. Around 4 pm the Sun goes down, and after 16 hours it’s a full, shiny day again. It’s only November here, but for someone who doesn’t know this climate, it’s strange. Sometimes really depressing. Isn’t it odd, that darkness has so much to do with the darkness of the soul?
Continue reading “Depressed society.”
It’s really important these days to unplug yourself. This post is not connected (see what I did there) to Norway, however, you can say it follow their good mindset. It’s rather hard to actually put our phones and laptops away, and just sit with a book and good music, or just doing house chores. Some people have no idea, how relaxing is cleaning your house. Also it’s a good exercise. Two birds, one stone.
Continue reading “Disconnection.”
According to independent.co.uk, Norway is on the 6th place of 21 most expensive countries to live in, with around 925£ per month to rent an 1 bedroom apartment. Bearing this in mind, is there any chance of possibility to live cheap there?
Continue reading “How to spare money in Norway.”
One person told me: why care going to Norway, when it’s so expensive? Well, I asked myself that question few times, but money never win. Norway is too beautiful.
Continue reading “What I love about Norway.”