• 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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    Where is the million buried?

    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

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    End of an Era

    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

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    Deportation by Norwegian police their fellow citizens to the “Death Camps”

    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

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    Everyone is a Master of his Own Fate

    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

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    Scandinavian Star

    One of the most beautiful monuments of Oslo, though, is situated in the center near the Aker Brygge embankment under the walls of the AkershusFortress, “hidden” from the tourist’s sight. This monument is dedicated to the 158 victims of a fire that broke out in 1990 on the passenger ferry “Scandinavian Star”.So what could have happened on board a modern ferry operating on the popular Oslo–Christianshavn (Denmark) route? The following investigation discovered numerous factors, one compounding another. The sound of the fire alarm was so quiet

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    Evening on Karl Johan

    Inspired by Munch’s “Aften på Karl Johan” –  “Evening on Karl Johan” Italian artist Lucca Bonetti created his own version. It is one of the many other sculptures on Karl Johan street during FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Oslo 2011. In ” Evening on Karl Johan”, Edvard Munch depicts the human condition at the end of the 19th Century, a time of rapid urbanization. The ice sculpture were made from 12 blocks of snow and were transformed into sculptures of humans. The sculptures are located in almost the same spot where

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