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
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.
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,
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
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
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
And where is the million buried, one would ask? To be more precise, not only one, but two or three. It has nothing to do with the Egypt Pyramids or Vikings’ treasury. Everything is much easier and closer. On the cemetery, behind the Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Gypsy queen Lola is buried. She decided to take with her in a literal sense , that we usually leave for our ancestors – gold and diamonds.And there is another way to dispose the wealth at your old ages. Let me introduce Olav Thon – 90 year old richest man of Norway. He is known among the
New Year celebration 2014 is on its way and along with it–the closing of the pharmacy “Svane apotek” (English–Swan pharmacy).This unique enterprise has been opened in 1628. It is not only the oldest pharmacy, but also the oldest enterprise in the city. It’s hard to believe, but the pharmacy was built during the reign of Christian IV, the Danish king, who got Oslo transferred next to the castle’s walls. Unfortunately, the witness of many sieges, Danish and Swedish reigns and the celebration of the first anniversary of independence, did not get through the
The historian of Baltic Federal University under the name of Kant (BFU) Arkadiy Ryabichenko informs the readers of “NewsBalt” about the dark pages of Norwegian history
Last week the head of Norwegian police on behalf of his department apologized for the participation in deportation of Norwegian Jews to Germany in 1942. Edition “Dagavisen” reported that Director of the police Odd Reidar Humlegård declared to journalists, that he regreted about what had happened.
At the same day on November the 26th a memorial ceremony devoted to the 70th anniversary of
No matter whether foreigner or local, everybody was on central city street Karl Johan, but only few know who was really the first king of “independent” Norway.Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte (1763 – 1844) , French guy, started his career being a regular soldier in France. Officerships were not given to non noble people, but there are those who appear in a right place at right time. One of them was the first king of Sweden and Norway. He made brilliant career during French Revolution and even got to know closely Napoleon. After Napoleon became emperor of France, he honored Jean