The last German troops to surrender after World War II were a group of soldiers stationed at a meteorological station on Svalbard. They lost radio contact in May 1945 and were unable to radio for support until August 1945. They were picked up by Norwegian seal hunters on September 4. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
The Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel died of Tuberculosis at the age of 26 and did most of his major work in a span of about 7 years while living in poverty. The equivalent of the Nobel prize in the field of mathematics; the Abel prize, is named after him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nie…
Today I learned about The Norway Russ. For 17 days every May Norwegian kids of just barley legal drinking age will charter a bus worth up to $350k, pay over $100k for the rental and wear the same clothes the entire time. They even bring their parents. camillablogg.com/2019/05/…
In 2011, a 13 year old Norwegian boy encountered a pack of wolves while walking back alonefrom school. He managed to fend them off by removing his headphones and blasting the song "Overcome", by Creed on full volume spiegel.de/international/…
Salmon sushi is not a Japanese dish. It was created by the Norwegian salmon industry in the early nineties to sell Atlantic salmon to Japan. Because Pacific salmon is known to carry parasites, it took a decade for Japanese people to trust the dish. diggitmagazine.com/articl…
Pussy and pussycat, is attested from the 16th century and may have been introduced from Dutch or from Low German related to Swedish or Norwegian. Similar forms exist in Lithuanian and Irish. The etymology of this word is unknown, but it may have simply arisen from a sound used to attract a cat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat
At Antarctica's Troll station, operated by Norway, during their summer (November to February), the time zone used is UTC+0, while during their winter (March to October), the clock is moved forward two hours, to UTC+2, which is Norwegian summer time mm.icann.org/pipermail/tz…
The red head Swedish vocalist Anni-Frid Synni Lyngstad of the prestigious Swedish singing group ABBA was born as part of the SS Lebensborn program. Actually her mother was a Saami a non-Aryan Norwegian and her father was a German sergeant. theguardian.com/world/200…
German discount supermarket Lidl has failed to succeed in Norway, although being successful in other places. They left in 2008 after 4 years. Reasons stated for the failure are Norwegians not liking the foreign food, treatment of workers in other countries and money going out of the country. achievaint.com/study-fail…
Today I learned about Frozen Dead Guy Day an annual celebration held in the town of Nederland, Colorado, to loosely celebrate the cryopreservation of a Norwegian citizen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fro…
"Siri" from the iPhone's Siri voice recognition app means "beautiful woman who leads you to victory" in Norwegian networkworld.com/article/…
Trollpikken is a famous Norwegian rock formation noted for its phallic appearance. It was severed in 2017, but later reattached visitnorway.com/places-to…
The Norwegian first division club MjΓΈndalen played a whole season with the Scottish drink Irn-Bru logo on their jersey, at the end of the season it turned out that Irn-Bru never offered sponsorship to the club and the whole thing was a prank en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irn…
In 2007, John Cleese and Andrew Sachs reprised their roles from Fawlty Towers for a six-episode corporate business video for the Norwegian oil company Statoil. The videos taught employees about communication and risk assessment. chortle.co.uk/news/2007/0…
During the Norwegian Butter Crisis of 2011, Norway virtually ran out of butter which led to prices for a standard 250 gram (8 oz) pack of butter rising to over $50 (€42), and a black market where sellers auctioned off butter. theguardian.com/world/201…
The "Norwegian Rat" is just another name for the Brown Rat, and it has no special connection to Norway. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
Generally speaking, a Dane speaking Danish can understand and be understood by Norwegians speaking Norwegian, and Swedes speaking Swedish. This is because the languages of Scandinavia are considered "mutually intelligible". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Although it’s cousins in North America are very timid, Norwegian Lemmings are extremely confrontational, and have even been known to kill weasels! youtu.be/vv06KicxKdc
A dog was once inducted as an official crew member of a Norwegian fighting ship during World War 2. The canine was known for breaking up fights amongst his crew-mates by putting his paws on their shoulders and calming them down. The much-loved dog was buried with full military honors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bam…
Today I learned about the Oslo Breakfast, a meal that began to be served to Norwegian schoolchildren starting 1932. A typical version included an orange, milk, whole-wheat bread, rye biscuit, cheese, carrot and a spoon of cod-liver oil. It reportedly increased the average height of 14 year olds by 4 inches. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osl…
Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago with a population of 3 000, is the only visa-free zone in the world meaning that anybody may live and work there indefinitely regardless of country of citizenship. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vis…
There is a penguin, who is a knighted brigadier of the Norwegian Army, named Brigadier Sir Nils Olav III atlasobscura.com/places/s…
A Norwegian town installed giant mirrors in the mountains to give it light during the winter months. cnn.com/travel/article/rj…
The 1973 Czech film "Three Wishes for Cinderella" is so popular in Norway that the Norwegian government financed a HD digital restoration of it in 2015. regjeringen.no/en/aktuelt…
In 1938 nazi Germany began an expedition to challenge Norwegian claims in Antarctica, primarily for control of whale oil; a hotly desired commodity for the production of margarine. The story has since developed into a conspiracy theory about secret nazi ice bases supported by alien technology youtube.com/watch?v=Rs0Za…
10th century Norwegian Viking ruler King Haakon the Good made the household production of JuleΓΈl (Christmas Beer) a law. Families that did not have beer at their Christmas feast were issued a fine. vinepair.com/articles/chr…
In 2016 the Norwegian Airforce transported a ECMO machine needed by a critically ill patient by fighter jet theaviationgeekclub.com/t…
The first tent erected at the South Pole by the Norwegian expedition led by Roald Amundsen on its arrival on 14 December 1911 is still there, buried beneath 17 meters of snow. nettarkiv.npolar.no/sorpo…
In 1714, a Norwegian captain and an English captain had a 14-hour long ship fight. Afterwards, both ships were badly damaged and the Norwegian captain was running out of ammo. He sent an envoy to the English ship, asking if he could borrow some of their ammo. They said no. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Due to Japanese salmon having parasite in it, the Japanese always cooked their salmon. They only started eating salmon sushi in the 1990s after a decade long campaign by Norwegian Bjorn Eirik Olsen to convince the Japanese to eat it raw. japantimes.co.jp/life/201…
Today I learned about Russefeiring a norwegian celebration where highschool students engage in various dares before graduation known as "knots" which can involve illegal acts, such as public nudity or public sexual intercourse en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rus…
Anders Breivik, Norwegian who murdered 77 people, is unhappy with his Playstation 2 - "Other inmates have access to adult games while I only have the right to play less interesting kids' games. One example is "Rayman Revolution" a game aimed at three year-olds". He has since got a xbox en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
14% of South Dakota's population and 38% of North Dakota's population claimed Norwegian ancestry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
The Norwegian band A-Ha from the 80s ("Take On Me") is still touring and making albums and hits, earning well over $50 Million dollars in 2010 alone. Its members are also Knights of the 1st Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A-h…
Today I learned about Oskar Svendsen, an 18-year-old Norwegian cyclist, who recorded the highest ever VO2 max (96.7 ml/kg/min). outsideonline.com/2398524…
During WW2, Norwegians mostly resisted the German occupation nonviolently. They would refuse to go to German-owned businesses, pretend to not speak German, and refuse to sit next to Germans on public transport. crosssection.gns.wisc.edu…
In 2002, Norwegian football player Kenneth Kristensen spent his summer eating seafood at an island fishing port, so his club decided to sell him to the island's football club. In place of a monetary fee, the island's club paid Kristensen's weight in shrimp, with Kristensen weighing in at 75 kg whatculture.com/sport/5-f…
These famous international chocolate brands: Milka (German), CΓ΄te d'Or (Belgian), Toblerone (Swiss), Cadbury/Frys/Green & Black's (all British), Freia (Norwegian) and Marabou (Swedish) are all owned by US food giant Mondelez en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
The original prints of The Passion of Joan of Arc, one of the most famous silent films of all time, were destroyed in a fire in 1927, and for decades it was thought they had been lost for ever, until they were rediscovered in 1981... lying in a janitor's closet in a Norwegian mental hospital. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Tree experts pointed out a mistake in current Canadian currency. Instead of it's notes featuring Canadian maple leaves, it instead features Norwegian maple leaves. Although, both look fairly similar. cbc.ca/news/canada/britis…
When one of the cars of the Norwegian Nazi collaborators, the very luxurious Mercedes-Benz 770, was put up for sale, no one was willing to buy such a car even at a price as low as KR 50, and it ultimately was scrapped. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
Today I learned about Morten Viskum, a Norwegian artist who creates art using dead human hands. artfacts.net/exhibition/m…
Today I learned of Pytheas, the Greek explorer who lived 350-285 BC and most likely discovered Iceland more than a thousand years before it was first recorded by the Norwegian Vikings collections.dartmouth.edu…
English and Norwegian share not only the same syntax, but also have very similar pronunciation / sounds and even shared words (although usually with different meanings). English is classified as western Germanic but it fits all the characteristics of a northern Germanic language. partner.sciencenorway.no/…
Swedish car maker Koenigsegg was inspired to make his first car after watching Norwegian stop-motion film FlΓ₯klypa (EN: Pinchcliffe) Grand Prix en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koe…
Reindeer meat is actually some of the healthiest meat out there. It contains way less fat than beef, and Norwegians are known to eat smoked reindeer, grilled reindeer, reindeer pizza and reindeer tartare melmagazine.com/en-us/sto…
During the last Viking invasion of England King Harold Godwinson offered the Norwegian king Harold Hadrada "Seven feet of English soil, as he taller than other men" as his price for halting the invasion, a taunt which he delivered in person and alone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
In 2016, a Norwegian man was so unhappy with his haircut that he returned to the salon with some friends and cut the hairdresser’s hair off. vg.no/nyheter/innenriks/i…
In 2006, a Norwegian woman living in an apartment above a pub, suddently found her kitchen tap pouring beer, and not water, due to a plumbing error in the pub. cbc.ca/news/world/kitchen…

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