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Sami singer Máddji from Norway singing “Iđitguovssu” (Dawn Light). This song is from her album “Beyond” (Sámi: “Dobbelis”) – 2010.

Lyrics (English):

You flew in from the dawn
Such a sight when you came into view
You stretched your white wings
Careful embrace

Swan, my swan
Dive, heat my blood
Swan, my swan
Before dawn breaks

You flew in from the dawn
Such a sight when you came into view
You whispered softly
Youthful caress

Swan, my swan
Dive, heat my blood
Swan, my swan
Before dawn breaks

Bring out my yearning
The longing of the lonely

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Photo: Elena Torre

He’s a soccer pro and a Norwegian pop star who has turned into a millionaire best-selling crime novelist, now he changes his name but his legacy continues with an exceptional life story.

World famous Norwegian author Jo Nesbø’s recent decision to change his name to Tom Johansen surprized many of his readers. Jo Nesbø’s British publisher Harvill Secker has agreed to the publication of Tom Johansen’s books. In the first coming fall of 2014, “Blood on Snow” and “Blood on Snow 2” will be published with the author’s new name.

– After the great success of “Headhunters” and Harry Hole series, we are very pleased to partner with Jo on this exciting new project, and we look forward to revealing more about Tom Johansen’s mysterious world in the near future, says Secker.

Norwegian Publishing Director Trygve Åslund said it is quite common to have a pseudonym, when you reach a certain level in the genre.

With this decision, Jo Nesbø follows the famous U.S. author Stephen King, who has also published books under the pen name – Richard Bachman.

Disregarding which name he uses, there is no doubt that he will continue his well deserved fame. Speaking of his fame, I assume many of you have heard or read some books of this amazingly talented Norwegian novelist in any of more than forty languages, but probably very few of us know about his extra ordinary life from football pitch to a world class authorship.

A Story Telling Tradition in the Family

Nesbø, who was born in born and grew up in the historical Norwegian town, Molde, come from a family of readers and story tellers. Her mother was a librarian and father used to sit in the living room reading every afternoon. And he told stories. Long stories he had heard before, but in such a way that he wanted to hear them again.

This fatherly talent has been transferred to little Nesbø when he was only seven. At that age, he had already begun to impress friends at his age, and some older children, with his gruesome ghost stories.

Interrupted Football Passion

But his greatest passion was soccer. Then, he made his first appearance for Molde, a Premier League team in Norway, at the age of seventeen and he was sure he would go on to play professionally in England for the Tottenham Hotspurs.

– Then I blew out the cruciate ligaments in my knees. Probably no loss for Tottenham, but my world came crashing down. School was over and when I got my grades I realized they just weren’t good enough to do the things I had wanted to do, says Nesbø.

A number of career paths were no longer open to him. So he took a deep breath and signed up to do military service in the far north of Norway. For the three years he was there, he shut himself in every night and every weekend and bulldozed his way through the high school syllabus. And read quite a bit of Hamsun and Hemingway, too.

– Until then I had always trusted my talent and taken it for granted, and followed the path of least resistance, but now I discovered a new side of myself: self-discipline, notes Nesbø.

Little Economics, Little Music

When he finally held his high school diploma in his hands that spring, with top-notch grades, he experienced a deep, heartfelt satisfaction. Now he could get into pretty much any school or any program he wanted. But for the prospective novelist, the problem was that he didn’t know what he wanted to study. So he enrolled at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in Bergen.

One day in the cafeteria this guy came up to him and said someone told him he played guitar.

– That wasn’t exactly true: I knew three chords. But I didn’t contradict him since he was trying to get a band together. And so I became the guitarist for De Tusen Hjem which played the kind of industrial noise rock you get when you’re really bad at playing, says he.

Nesbø frankly admits that they sounded so awful that their vocalists quit one after another. Eventually somebody pushed him up to the microphone. And since he thought the lyrics for the cover songs they were playing stank and that they might as well be playing actual melodies instead of just angry strings of chords, so he started writing songs.

Road to Pop Star Life

When he finished university, he had an economics degree and the glimmering of a notion that he might like to write pop songs. With this in mind, he moved to Oslo and started working in finance, got bored and wrote songs. One night a young jazz bass player he knew listened to some of his songs. The next day they started a band, Di Derre.

– A year later we were touring. Two years later we had a recording contract. Our second album became the best selling album in Norway in years. Our concerts sold out in hours. And suddenly we were pop stars, says he.

However, he had seen what happened to other musicians who turned their hobby into a job, and he was aware that it would demand too many compromises as far as his music, and his life, were concerned. So he hung onto his day job as a stockbroker while he continued playing gigs.

A Boredom Having Changed His Life

He also studied to become a financial analyst. When he got headhunted by DnB Markets, the largest brokerage firm in Norway, to build up their options division, he had to commit to two years with them.

– In other words, I had more than enough to do. he performed at night and worked during the day. After one year I was so burned out that I hated everything and everyone I worked with, including myself, says Nesbø.

So, he told his band and boss that he needed six months off. Then he hopped on a plane to Australia, to get as far away from Norway as he could. But he took my laptop with me.

The reason why he brought his laptop was that a woman from a publishing company had proposed he write a book describing life on the road with the band. That engendered a whole new way of thinking and he realized he was ready to take the leap and write a novel.

– It was just a question of getting started. But it had to be a story about what Aksel Sandemose claimed were the only two things worth writing about: murder and love, says he.

The Birth of a World Class Novelist in Jetlag

It takes about thirty hours to fly from Oslo to Sydney. And in those thirty hours he came up with the plot for a story he started writing as soon as he got to the hotel. It was the middle of the night, he had jetlag and he wrote about a guy named Harry who landed at the same Sydney airport, was staying in the same hotel and had jetlag.

When he returned from Australia he had almost finished the book. As soon as he set his suitcase down in his living room, he picked up writing again.

– I just wrote and wrote and was irritated by disturbances like hunger and the need for sleep. These were the best weeks of my life, says he.

He sent the manuscript to a publisher, but under a pseudonym to make sure they wouldn’t be tempted to publish a crap book by a pop-star-turned-writer, then that move has changed his life in a good life for his readers all over the world.

Now, Jo Nesbø has achieved an unparalleled success both in his native country Norway and abroad, winning the hearts of critics, booksellers and readers alike with his ten internationally acclaimed crime novels featuring Detective Harry Hole. Translated into more than forty languages, awarded a whole range of awards and boasting record-breaking sales, Nesbø has been lavishly praised by international critics for broadening the scope of the contemporary crime novel, and is today regarded as one the best crime writers of our time.

As CNN reportedly stated:

“The next Munch or Ibsen could be Jo Nesbø … And, if there’s any justice, one day Harry Hole will be just as big as Harry Potter.”

Source: Jo Nesbø Self Biography/TNP November Issue

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Steven Van Zandt — better known as Frank ’The Fixer’ Tagliano from Lilyhammer. Photo : Netflix

Lilyhammer TV series’ success proves Norway’s local sense can catch international audience.

TELEVISION- Norway, with its fjords and majestic landscape, has recently attracted many movie producer’s interest as a filming location. The Frozen, Dogville, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and even Die Another Day are the most prominent ones of tens of the action and horror films which were “empowered by Norwegian nature”. But, comedy genre was somehow out of sight in Norwegian context until the hit Norwegian comedy “Lilyhammer” turned into an international success.

Even before the launch of the second season in December, Netflix has ordered a third season of the series, the Norwegian comedy,  starring Steven Van Zandt and being co-produced by Norway’s Rubicon TV AS.

A worldwide radio show playing Norwegian rock ‘n’ roll

When Lilyhammer premiered in February of 2012, few people realized it would mark the beginning of a brand new era of television. Although the show originally aired in Norway, it was the first time that Netflix offered exclusive content. The experiment worked, paving the way for hugely acclaimed shows like Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards and the long-awaited fourth season of Arrested Development, noted RollingStone.

Talking to Collider, Steven Van Zandt says they are thrilled by how it’s performed, not only in the U.S. but in other territories. “It’s a very international show with a very domestic feel,” adds he.

In an interview with the online magazine, Zandt tells how the idea of the TV series emerged.  He had a worldwide radio show, and was playing a lot of Norwegian rock ‘n’ roll. He also has a record company, and he was in Bergen, Norway producing a Norwegian band.

Another gangster role

One day, somebody told Zandt that the husband and wife writing the screenplays wanted to say hello, so he met with them and they gave him the one-sentence pitch, which was, “A gangster goes into the witness protection program and chooses Lilyhammer in Norway”.  First of all, he thought he just played a gangster for 10 years and he really shouldn’t do this again.  Then, he thought again, “What a wonderful idea this is.”

Zandt describes Norway a very, very conservative country.  They are very much a mono-culture that’s very, very civilized, with very little crime and no poverty.  It’s a very, very interesting place, and it’s a very mysterious place, says he.

So, he thinks he can not only have a wonderful fish-out-of-water story in Norway, with a one man crime wave, coming into a place where there is no crime but can also have fun with these cultural differences.

Crazy Idea of Moving to Norway

Despite the irresistibility of the offer, it was not an easy decision for Zandt. All of his business people called him crazy for the idea of going to Norway after one of the greatest shows in history.

Everybody was questioning it, as a career move.  But, once they wanted me involved as one of the producers and writers, I felt like, “If I can control the scripts and have some say in the production, then I feel confident enough that I can make this thing work,” says he to Collider.

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The exhibition Masters meet juxtaposes Munch’s artworks with Ibsen’s drama, and initiates a dialogue between the two.

Edvard Munch and Henrik Ibsen are two of Norways greatest artists. Both have had a profound impact on international art. They never became close friends, but Edvard Munch was a huge admirer of Ibsen, and Ibsen appreciated and suppported the young artist.

They are linked by several portraits Munch made of the playwright and by other motifs in Munch’s art that are inspired by Ibsen’s plays. “When I read Ibsen I’m reading about myself,” Munch said. Peer Gynt, Ghosts, When We Dead Awaken and John Gabriel all appealed to the soul of the painter, sometimes so strongly that self-portraits emanated from Ibsen’s stage characters. They also worked with many of the same themes, pertaining to the many mysteries of the human soul.


Event details

15/09/2013 – 23/12/2013
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
27/12/2013 – 30/12/2013
Mon, Fri, Sat and Sun
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
27/01/2014 – 14/05/2014
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
15/05/2014 – 16/05/2014
Thu and Fri
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
15/05/2014 – 31/08/2014
Mon – Sun
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM


Henrik Ibsens gate 26
0253 Oslo
+47 22 12 35 50

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Photo: Ishavskatedralen

The light, tender summer nights are perfect for evocative music. Add the majestic architecture of the Arctic Cathedral and everything is set for a memorable moment. A varied programme throughout the summer comprises solo singers, piano music, trumpet and saxophone, as well as indigenous Norwegian folk instruments, choirs and organ music.

Place:Ishavskatedralen, Tromsø
01/06/2014 – 15/08/2014
Mon – Sun 11:30 PM – 12:00 AM

9008 Tromsø
+47 47 68 06 68

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Photo: Akershus Kunstsenter

1814 revisited – the past is still present – exhibition – 3 places – Akershus Kunstsenter, Stallgården and Mago A at Eidsvoll Værk.
For more information se

Place :Akershus Kunstsenter
10/05/2014 – 14/09/2014
Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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Illustrasjoner og modeller fra utstillingen “Heavy metal & Punk fossils”. /

The exhibition “Heavy Metal And Punk Fossils” starts its tour around the natural history museums of the world from Oslo Natural History Museum. The exhibition can be seen from July 27.

For this occasion, the exhibition has been given a complete graphical overhaul, and several new items have been added to the exhibition, including a two-meter-long model of the trilobite Arcticalymene Visciousi, named in honor of Sid Vicious from SEX PISTOLS, and Greg Graffin from BAD RELIGION has personally signed a cast of the fossil bird named in his honor, Quiliania Graffini, for the exhibition. Mark Knopfler from DIRE STRAITS has purchased a complete skeleton cast of the dinosaur Masiakasaurus Knopfleri, and kindly lent it to the exhibition.

The background for the exhibition is the old scientific tradition that when a scientist discovers a new and unknown fossil, he gets to give it a scientific name. Some choose a name that reflects the shape of the animal, some choose a name that relates to where it’s found, and others choose to name them after their favorite rock stars. The resulting exhibition, “Heavy Metal And Punk Fossils”, explores this more amusing part of natural history by focusing on a series of bizarre fossils that all are named in honor of rock stars.


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Norwegian celebrities are asked to plan their own funerals and decorate their own coffins in the new TV programme that aims to talk about death. Photo : Victor Buggé

In a new show by Norwegian state TV NRK, celebrities are asked to plan their own funerals.

With a coffin on the roof of her car, presenter Namra Saleem visits famous people in Norway to talk about death and asks them to plan their funerals. In the first episode of the program, ,«Kisten», which was aired on Monday, Saleem visited Norwegian rock group D.D.E singer Bjarne Brøndbo. In the program Brondbo was asked to decorate his own coffin. He did it by drawing a portrait of himself on the coffin, which he also autographed.

Talking to NRK, DDE singer admits he has begun to think more about death as he has grown older.

The programme’s producer, Nils Gelting Andresen, says the series is a “feel-good show about death”, and his mission is to break the taboo surrounding mortality while letting the public get to know celebrities better.

NRK recently made international headlines with its slow TV concept featuring hours of train journey, making bonfire and knitting.

The Nordic Page

Photo : Victor Buggé

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Photo: Лорд Бъмбъри

In the beautiful Tromsø Cathedral, in the heart of the city center, cantoor Hijoo Moon is joined by talnted musicians for varied summer concerts of high quality. Monday – Friday in July. Place:Tromsø Domkirke 7/1/2014 – 7/31/2014 Mon – Fri5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Storgata 9008 Tromsø
+47 77 66 25 80
Photo: Лорд Бъмбъри



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