Posted by: Sarah | August 25, 2009

Famous Things About Norway

Although Norway is a relatively small country (4.5 million people) they have their fair share of things to be proud of.  Here’s a list of things that Norway can lay claim to…feel free to add a comment if you know of more!


  • Telemark skiing – a technique used in downhill skiing
  • The cheese slicer – more info here paperclip
  • The paper clip – more info here
  • Helly Hansen outdoor clothing – originally started in Moss, Norway – more info here
  • Salmon – Norwegian salmon is farmed and shipped all over the world
  • Open sandwiches – less carbs but tricky to eat…  – more info here
  • Oil – Norway is the 3rd largest exporter of oil in the world – more info here


  • Edvard Grieg – Composer (1843-1907)edvard-munch-thescream
  • Roald Amundsen – Led the first Antartic expedition to the South Pole explorer (1872-1928)
  • Roald Dahl – (Norwegian-British) Author (1916-1990)
  • Thor Heyerdahl – Explorer and Archeologist (1914-2002)
  • Henrik Ibsen – wrote the play Peer Gynt
  • Edvard Munch – Expressionist painter – painted The Scream (1863-1944)
  • Vikings – these Norsemen used their longships to explore new countries (including England)


  • Winter Olympics – were first held in Oslo in 1952
  • Nobel Peace Prize – is presented anually in Oslo
  • Host of Eurovision 2010


  • Fjords – Monty Python’s dead parrot pined for them.  They are
  • North Norway – made famous in the UK by Joanna Lumley when she saw the Northern Lights


  • a-ha – Famous Norwegian band from the 80’s  (don’t ever say that they are Swedish!)
  • Alexander Rybak – winner of the 2009 Eurovision with Fairytales


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    • Thanks Shayne – glad you liked it! Let me know if I should add anything to the list :-)

  2. U generated a lot of wonderful tips in your blog, “Famous Things About Norway
    | A New Life In Norway” http://bilingues.
    org . I will end up coming back again to your
    web page eventually. With thanks -Valentina

    • Thanks Patti!

  3. it´s always been one of my dreams to come to that country. but i didn´t know all of those facts about the country. i didn´t know either that the scream was from there. thanks for the page!

    • You’re very welcome Fabian.

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