Wednesday, August 18, 2010

20 Interesting Facts About Norway.

  1. Norway is not the capital of Sweden.
  2. It is against the law to buy alcohol on Sunday.
  3. There are no stop signs. You just have to look both ways at every intersection.
  4. Nobody goes out for breakfast. And even if they did, there would be no pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, or eggs hollandaise or big breakfasts. :(
  5. It is acceptable to eat lunch at 11am and dinner at 3pm.
  6. It is acceptable to eat soft serve for lunch. It is also acceptable for the young icecream shop attendant to have a competition with their colleagues to see who can put the most soft serve in a standard cone. The consumer of the soft serve will then have a heart attack or a panic attack from the sheer volume of lard.
  7. For Christmas dinner it is typical to eat salted then dried sheep ribs. You serve them with mashed swedes. By the way, did you know that IKEA in Norway doesn't sell potato mashers? Magnus thinks that it's so that Norwegains can't mash swedes. HAHAHA. Get it?
  8. Norwegains are known for hosting "Sheep head parties", whereby each guest is served a sheep head. Yes, that includes the brain.
  9. Speeding fines are in some cases stricter than the fines given to people caught with small personal amounts of class A drugs. It is common to spend 30 days in jail for speeding.
  10. Norwegians eat a crazy amount of frozen pizza. About 50 million a year.
  11. When a stranger on the street smiles at you, a Norwegian assumes that: A. He is drunk. B. He is insane. C. He is American D. He is all of the above.
  12. People don't hold the door open for strangers.
  13. If you do hold the door open for a stranger, don't expect to be thanked.
  14. In the city of Tromso, 95% of the buildings are built from fish bones.
  15. Electricity generation in Norway is almost entirely from hydroelectric power plants.
  16. Norway's dark winter days slow down the speed of pregnancies.
  17. Norway has the highest rate of one night stands per capita in the world.
  18. Mothers are entitled a year of paid maternity leave. Fathers are able to take it instead of the mother. In many families the mother will take 6 months and the father will take 6 months.
  19. Norwegian's wear their wedding rings on the right hand. I thought it was a Scandinavian thing, but apparently it's only Norway which does it.
  20. Seven per cent of Norwegian men and six per cent of women wear the same pair of undies for at least a whole week before changing to a fresh pair.

1 comment:

  1. 4.. how tragic!
    8.. ewwwwwwww
    11.. hahahahahaha
    14 - thats just weird
    18. - thats pretty cool
    19. - seriously?
    20... WHAT???!!! please don't pick up this habit hannah!