Posted by: Sarah | January 15, 2010

Temperatures…Norway Vs Elsewhere

Thank goodness it’s getting a little warmer.  Over the last week or so we’ve experienced a Norwegian winter heat wave with temperatures reaching zero degrees!  But the longer we experience the Norwegian winter, I’m noticing some rather odd things…

The other day we saw the ice cream man on his rounds.  I’m not sure who was craziest – him thinking he could sell ice cream in the snow or the queue of Norwegians lining up to buy it…it was minus 10 degrees!  At the weekend we saw some people BBQing.  They had carefully dug out a little well in the snow, set up the “engangs grill”  or BBQ, and they were cooking sausages…in the snow.  Apparently this is quite the normal thing to do at the weekends.

It seems that I’m not the only one to have noticed these little habits.  A fellow blogger living in Norway has put together a quick guide to temperatures – Norway versus everywhere else in the world.  Thanks for sending, Cath!  Absolutely brilliant.

+15°C / 59°F
This is as warm as it gets in Norway, so we’ll start here.
People in Spain wear winter-coats and gloves.
The Norwegians are out in the sun, getting a tan.

+10°C / 50°F
The French are trying in vain to start their central heating.
The Norwegians plant flowers in their gardens.

+5°C / 41°F
Italian cars won’t start.
The Norwegians are cruising in cabriolets.

0°C / 32°F
Distilled water freezes.
The water in Oslo Fjord gets a little thicker.

-5°C / 23°F
People in California almost freeze to death.
The Norwegians have their final barbeque before winter.

-10°C / 14°F
The Brits start the heat in their houses.
The Norwegians start using long sleeves.

-20°C / -4°F
The Aussies flee from Mallorca.
The Norwegians end their Midsummer celebrations.
Autumn is here.

-30°C / -22°F
People in Greece die from the cold and disappear from the face of the earth.
The Norwegians start drying their laundry indoors.

-40°C / -40°F
Paris starts cracking in the cold.
The Norwegians stand in line at the hotdog stands. (SARAH:  or ice creams!)

-50°C / -58°F
Polar bears start evacuating the North Pole.
The Norwegian army postpones their winter survival training awaiting real winter weather.

-70°C / -94°F
The false Santa moves south.
The Norwegian army goes out on winter survival training.

-183°C / -297.4°F
Microbes in food don’t survive.
The Norwegian cows complain that the farmers’ hands are cold.

-273°C / -459.4°F
ALL atom-based movement halts.
The Norwegians start saying “Faen, it’s cold outside today.”

-300°C / -508°F
Hell freezes over.
Norway wins the Eurovision Song Contest.


  1. Brilliant – I can also share with you that today was about 34 in Sydney!!

    • Hey Jen – I’ll be enjoying that sunshine too fairly soon!

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