Customs in Norway

Norway it is a country where one lives very well. In fact, in the lists that the World Health Organization (WHO) usually publishes, it is usually in the top 20 positions worldwide in terms of life expectancy.

That, in part, can be explained by knowing the most deeply rooted customs of a highly advanced society committed to the environment. The latter has a lot of truth, since without going any further there the best-selling car of the month has become an electric, something that could not occur at the moment in a country like Spain, where the market share of electric cars it is nowhere near 5% due to economic, social and structural issues.


The flagLogically, it is one of its main symbols. It has a red background and blue stripes with white edges running from top to bottom. Not only do we see it fluttering in public buildings, but it is also common to see it in houses and elsewhere, suggesting that Norwegians are very proud of their homeland.

The national anthem walks just in that direction. Its lyrics extol both the country and the importance of the home.



Christmas is lived with a lot of intensity in Norway, something that is not surprising considering that snow adds a lot of magic to any city in the country. They like to decorate the streets and that makes stores sell more, but it is that restaurants also take advantage to make cash offering typical christmas dishes They are made with products of the nation, such as ribbe (pork ribs) and pinnekjøtt (lamb ribs).

Christmas, which in Norway is known as "Jul," lasts longer than elsewhere. What's more, there is the Christmas House located in the south of the country, where they never close to the delight of tourists who come in the summer. Markets and fairs are also held with which it is clear that they are very important dates.



The fact that young people emancipate themselves very soon does not mean that there is no feeling of family unity that endures over the centuries. There is an important attachment to the region in which one has grown up and not only is there a great respect for the house that each one has, but they also love nature, which is why they celebrate many outdoor activities.

Wooden churches

The wooden churches that can be seen in Norway are a real virguería. Called Stavekirker and in the past they were located in different parts of the northwest of medieval Europe. Today it could be said that they are almost exclusive to the country. There are several types, although they all share certain characteristics, as is the case with their angle posts (stave). Partly they exist thanks to the work that the Vikings did building boats and wooden houses, since with so much practice they managed to develop and perfect the technique of cutting wood.



Norwegian fish and seafood accumulate compliments around the world. In fact, the Norwegian salmon sold in many countries. In addition, it is also popular to eat lamb, cured meats, wild berries and other delicacies that make one not go hungry. The problem? That the standard of living there has nothing to do with that of other European countries, which prevents many tourists from going to lunch and dinner at a restaurant every day.

The Vikings

What would the country be without the Vikings? Although today they are no longer the warriors and poets of yesteryear, there is still this Nordic tradition that normally did not leave them in a very good place, since they did not stop being pirates they did anything to steal. Of course, we must be fair and recognize that they were also good merchants and administrators, at the same time that they behaved like authentic artisans of wood and metal, producing jewelry and other products that we know thanks to the good state of conservation of most of them. If you want to feel like a Viking, there is nothing better than visiting the Lofotr Viking Museum.


marriage and family

An estimated 40% of Norwegians are married, which is not a lot. In any case, the most worrying thing is that the divorce rate It has exploded, although that is something that has happened in all European countries. The normal thing is that a Norwegian family does not have more than two children, and not because they cannot afford it economically ...

The national costume

The traditional Norwegian costume is the Bunad. It is used in celebrations of all kinds, including weddings. Its design was created over 100 years ago and is based on the regional folk costumes from a good handful of years ago. There are many types of bunads, as each town has its own. With them it is impossible to go unnoticed because they are usually colorful and usually have many details.

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