• Nacreous Clouds

    Today’s rare guest in Oslo sky is nacreous cloud. It forms when the fading light at sunset passes through tiny ice crystals blown along by a strong jet of stratospheric air. The clouds form only in polar latitudes and at extremely cold temperatures below −78 °C at altitudes of 15,000–25,000 meters.

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    So You Want to Date a Scandinavian?

    written by thyra10 – Danish, who lives in Norway with husband and two kids. She`s lived in Sweden too and consider herself Scandinavian more than Danish, Swedish or Norwegian. I have been contacted by more than one person wanting to date Scandinavian people or even marry one of us. My reply? Tough luck! Because Scandinavians don’t date. We hardly even have a word for it. The Scandinavian word for ‘date’ is really old-fashioned and one my grandmother might have used but probably didn’t because I don’t think she dated either. So the few times we

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    139 Old Norse Words That Invaded The English Language

    Without the Vikings, English would be missing some awesome words like berserk, ugly, muck, skull, knife, die, and cake! BY JOHN-ERIK JORDAN   When I say “Old English” what comes to mind? The ornate, hard-to-read script? Reading Beowulf in your high school English class? The kinds of figurative compound nouns – orkennings – like “swan of blood” and “slaughter-dew” that have sustained heavy metal lyrics for decades? Old English, also known as Anglo-Saxon, was a language spoken by the Angles and the Saxons – the

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    Oslo Riddle

    Guess what it is? Need a hint? It is a part of installation … Ecology.. Clean air.. OsloIt’s called CityTree and developed in Dresden by Green City Solution. It is free standing urban infrastructure which contributes to the community’s green lungs. CityTree composed of a bench on each side of a green planted wall. The wall has an integrated water tank with automated irrigation system powered by a solar on top. Wind and air pressure generated in the urban space leads air through the wall which captures pollutants. In addition, the various plants attract insects

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    Yesterday. Today… Tomorrow?

    The dilapidated wooden house that appeared last month on the square outside Norway’s parliament has delighted Oslo residents and visitors alike. Is it art? “No”, says Marianne Heske, the conceptual artist behind it. “It’s just a house”For the project, entitled House of Commons, Heske, one of Norway’s leading conceptual artists, had a small abandoned provincial house from Østfold, south of Oslo, moved to a space in front of the Storting, the seat of Norway’s parliament. The house, which was unveiled on October 21st, has generated huge

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    Norwegian Lesson #1

    While being a student in Norwegian classes some years ago, one of the first lessons I got is to distinguish between Do [duː] and Du [dʉː]. First one means "Bathroom" and the second is "You". Here we come ! I couldn't just pass. A day later I grab my camera and took this historical picture. New concept by McDonalds in Norway - McDo. The rest is upon your imagination.

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    The colors of the Norwegian flag

    Norwegian flag as one knows today was designed in 1821 by Fredrik Meltzer, a member of Norwegian parliament. It consists from red, white and blue colors, which are not traditional back to viking age. Why is it so?Since the constitution was written in 1814 the flag design had been discussed and planned during 7 years. Norway was in a transition period: from Danish to Swedish union. The final version is a kind of compromise that everybody could agree on; Danes, Swedes or Norwegian patriots. The red basic color of the flag was taken from Denmark, the blue cross was meant to represent Sweden,

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    What do Norwegians Eat for Lunch?

    Let’s be honest. How many of you were dreaming about healthy Norwegian cousin brimming with fish and strawberries? Does it sound familiar? If yes, please follow and read what Norwegians, at least some, eat for lunch. Welcome to Thien Lan – expat and blogger  who recently relocated to Oslo and exploring a real life by practicing. Published by author permission. Lunch is one of my main drivers in life. Hence this blog and hence extreme work satisfaction when I joined the Asian food gang at eBay back in Sydney in 2007.  So what does it look like here in

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    Everything for the King

    Do you know why Oslo guards have such a funny hat and why His Majesty the King’s Guard were nicknamed “the black devils” ?  Short story about Oslo’s changing guards – one of the most popular tourist attractions. The first Norwegian unit of the royal guard of Sweden and Norway were a 38-man strong squadron of despatch riders with its main function – to go as messengers between Stockholm and Christiania. King Oscar I (1799 – 1859) decided to upgrade establish a Royal Norwegian guard to underline his position

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    Villa Parafina

    House (Parkveien 45) was built for merchant Frederick Sundt in 1877. At that time he was the largest paraffin importer, which was widely used for lighting. Pretty soon, based on Sundt’s business, the house was nicknamed “Villa Parafina”. Frederick Sundt died in 1885 and 11 years later state bought the villa from Sundt’s widow. Royal couple king Haakon VII and queen Maud were arrived to Oslo in 1905. Several days after premier minister was hosting important guests for a dinner in “Villa Parafina”. From 1908 the house was the residence of the Foreign minister

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