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People in southern Norway call the police and complain that it’s snowing and that they are late for work.

Not everyone in Norway likes winter and snow. After the fall of heavy snow in Southern Norway, police received a number of calls complaining about the snow, writes Dagbladet.
People call the police and complain that it snows, they come late for work, they do not get the newspaperand posts.
The police writes at Twitter that it is not their priority.

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Have you ever wondered how helpdesk support was in Norway back in the day of the middle age.  This Norwegian videoa from NRK explains it with English subtitles. Original taken from the show “Øystein og jeg” on Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK)in 2001. With Øystein Backe (helper)and Rune Gokstad (desperate monk). Written by Knut Nærum.

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Photo: Timothy Boocock | Trysil Aurora Borealis . Trysil is a winter wonderland for stargazing and Night time Photography ,Its a shame that some people will never have this experience and that’s because of light pollution in main cities around the worId
Photo: Timothy Boocock | Trysil Aurora Borealis . Trysil is a winter wonderland for stargazing and Night time Photography ,Its a shame that some people will never have this experience and that’s because of light pollution in main cities around the worId
Photo: Martin Vmorris | A Cottage in Kvitavatn, in winter time
Photo: Timothy Boocock. | Trysil is a winter wonderland for stargazing and Night time Photography ,Its a shame that some people will never have this experience and that’s because of light pollution in main cities around the worId
Photo: JR Photo | The snow covered roofs of old houses in Bergen, Norway give you a real winter sense.
Photo: Arctic Council | Reindeer racers in Tromsø, Northern Norway
Photo: Moyan Brenn | Winter in Norway, south beach of Tromso island near North Cape
Photo: Randi Hausken | Dressed by winter. From Bærums Verk. This is a sculpture called “Hanne is sunbathing” made by Ståle Waksvik. I thought she looked a bit cold today
Photo: Moyan Brenn | Winter in Oslo. View of the dock of the Aker Brygge area where someone did this awesome lamps composition………the mix of sunset, strong white of the snow and the presence of lot of lamps makes me think to the “light”

Christmas cards give important clues about how this special festive season is perceived by society. That is the reason why I always found historical designs and cards so special for revealing the evolution of traditions of Christmas. We have collected ten specially designed Christmas cards designed in Norway between 1800s and the beginnig of 1900s.

Artist: Fredrik Winsnes | Source: Nasjonalbiblioteket Julehilsen fra Tönsberg, 1908, writing Christmas greeting from Tønsberg, 1908
Artist: Fredrik Winsnes | Source: Nasjonalbiblioteket
Julehilsen fra Tönsberg, 1908, writing Christmas greeting from Tønsberg, 1908
Credit: Andreas Bloch (1860-1917) | This winter post card from Norway is from 1907. A stereotypical Norwegian lady on skies.
Artist: Andreas Ollestad (1857-1936) | This unorthodox Norwegian new year/Christmas card is from 1880s.
Another nontraditional new year card with A Norwegian fisherman and his wife. The card was designed by Oscar Wergeland (1844-1910) in mid 1800s.
Andreas Bloch (1860-1917)’s Christmas post card depicts a Norwegian town with children going door to door traditionally.
This postcard from the archive of National Library of Norway dates back to 1920. It is evidently not most family friendly postcard with a champagne bottle as the main element of the design by the unknown artist.
After all, Christmas is a religious holiday and this Norwegian Christmas card reflects the religious spirit of this festive season.
The designer of this postcard, Aadne Stray, depicts a typical Norwegian house from 1890s with traditional costumes.
Christmas is equally a fun time especailly for retired “Nisses”. Artist: Nils Bergslien (1853-1928)
Nobody said Norwegian nisses are the prettiest creatures on tearth. But they have a sense of festive spirit. | Artist: Christian Magnus

 

Photo: Ole Kristian Losvik | Julemarked i Trondheim  Julemarked at Trondheim Torg.
Photo: Ole Kristian Losvik | Julemarked i Trondheim Julemarked at Trondheim Torg.

 

FOTO: Alexander Klanderud | Julemarked in Øvrebyen
FOTO: Alexander Klanderud | Julemarked in Øvrebyen

 

 

FOTO: Alexander Klanderud | Julemarked in Øvrebyen. You may need one of the warm and cool hat these little santa girls sell.
FOTO: Alexander Klanderud | Julemarked in Øvrebyen. You may need one of the warm and cool hat these little santa girls sell.

 

FOTO: Alexander Klanderud | Julemarked in Øvrebyen. Kongsvinger Kommune. Niseemor is on visit
FOTO: Alexander Klanderud | Julemarked in Øvrebyen. Kongsvinger Kommune. Niseemor is on visit

 

Photo: Aalborg Stift | Aalborg Stifts bishop, Henning Toft Bro, held together with gospel choir Shine a worship service at the Christmas market in Aalborg.
Photo: Aalborg Stift | Aalborg Stifts bishop, Henning Toft Bro, held together with gospel choir Shine a worship service at the Christmas market in Aalborg.

 

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Photo: Henrik Karll | Julemarked at Møntergården

 

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Photo Bamble kommune | You can find a lot of nice souveniers at Norwegian Julemarkets

 

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Photo: Bamble kommune | There is no better thing a hand made wool gloove with traditional motives at a julemarked

 

 

Parody of how Norway became independent from Denmark – and how the Danish language came to be. Why did Norway make it’s own constitution in 1814? This video gives you a creative and funny, yet wildly inaccurate, history lesson.

Norwegian and Danish are very similar languages, and even if most Danes and Norwegians understand each other, there are some subtle differences that can cause misunderstanding. e.g. The Danish sentence “May I” becomes “Have to” in Norwegian. Also, Denmark have their own number system between 50 and 90, which is not easy for foreigners to understand. This have caused lot’s of lighthearted jokes between the Scandinavians.

▶ History: 2014 marks Norway’s 200 year anniversary as an independent nation. On the 17th of May 1814, a constitutional convention declared Norway independent from Denmark. And in reality, Norwegians actually spoke closer to Danish during this time period. Today, Norwegian and Danish people

Director, writer and editor: Eskild Fors
Cinematography: Anders Øvergaard
Dane: Sebastian Legaard
Norwegian: Joakim Hansen
Music: Edvard Grieg

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