Learning Norwegian Online

Learning a language takes time and effort, and there is no one method that works for every person and every learning style. Your success will depend on a number of factors. Have you learned another language before? Which language? Are you a visual or aural learner? Do you prefer to have a teacher that you can see and interact with, or are you motivated to teach yourself? Do you just want the basics, or are you aiming for conversational Norwegian?

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Take a Ride and Explore Norway on a Budget

Norway has stunning natural beauty that takes weeks to truly absorb. While cruises through the fjords of Western Norway have become a popular option for viewing Norway’s magnificent scenery, there is an alternative way to see the country: by train. The public train system in Norway, operated by NSB, provides a fantastic way to make the entire country your destination. While most fjord cruises are limited to touring Western Norway, NSB service provides access to nearly every part of the country, including the fjords of 1920px-NSB_Di_4_SaltfjellWestern Norway. In fact, Lonely Planet lists two of NSB’s routes through Western Norway as the #1 and #2 most scenic train routes in Europe. With a Norway-by-train itinerary, you can see the gentle sandy shoulders of Norway in Kristiansand, the ever-growing metropolis of Oslo, the mountainous heart of the country in Eastern Norway, and the fabled Viking capital Trondheim. If you are feeling adventurous you can also explore the hem of the Arctic Circle in Bodø, from which you can take a ferry to see the famous Lofoten islands.

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Norway and the UN

un (1).jpgYou may not have realized it, but the United Nations marked its 70th General Assembly session this year. The intergovernmental organization was chartered in June 1945, before the end of World War II and has been involved in peace efforts around the world ever since. While the mission and work of the UN are fairly well known, some people aren’t as familiar with Norway’s early contributions to the organization.

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Human Rights Day 2015

hrd (1).jpgDo you know what December 10th marks? Human Rights Day! It’s a day that not only marks the anniversary of the passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but also raises the awareness of human rights issues around the globe. Human Rights Day 2015 marks the 67th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Few countries have done more for international human rights than Norway. To mark the day, we’re going to highlight the growth of human rights and Norway’s central role in making them a global priority.

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National Treasures

Norway’s fortresses bring history to life.

national_treasure.jpgFrom the perfect, eight-pointed star of Vardøhus and its green grass surrounded by dark sea, to the Møvik fort, home to one of the world’s biggest cannons, Norway’s fortresses all hold secrets of the past. They sound like the swish of an executioner’s sword and the prayerful chants of monks, like the clank of prison gates and the poppoppop of German anti-aircraft guns.

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Learning for Life

What Should I do Next?

This is the dilemma that faced Anna of Madison, WI when she graduated high school. Just like many recent graduates she didn’t know what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.

10-9learninglifepg.jpgHaving visited Norway once before and having been involved in Sons of Norway, she decided to try something different from many of her college-bound friends. She enrolled at a Norwegian folk school, or folkehøgskule. “Folk schools are about learning for life,” says Anna. “A lot of kids graduate from high school and it’s a cliché to go straight to college. But there is so much out there. To be out of my comfort zone was hard but it was the best year of my life.”

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VE Day in Norway

On May 8, 1945 Norwegians everywhere could finally celebrate their freedom after spending five long years under unyielding Nazi rule.

ve.jpgWhen the day of liberation came, “Hurrah! Hurrah!” was all that could be heard and the streets of every Norwegian city were flooded with flags. This momentous day was celebrated with singing, parades, and the warm embrace of fellow countrymen. Towns throughout Norway were awash in red, blue, and white. Continue reading “VE Day in Norway”

Football Fever

With the arrival of spring comes the return of one of Norway’s most popular sports—football (known as soccer in the United States).

football_fever.jpgThe country boasts approximately 25,000 teams ranging from youth to professional. Every summer, Oslo hosts one of the world’s largest youth football tournaments, The Norway Cup. Here, we give you a primer on football in Norway, including a look at the league system, milestones in the sport’s history, players to watch and upcoming tournaments.

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Norway’s Major Cities

big_cities.jpgNorway; the land of the midnight sun, a thousand waterfalls, the magical northern lights, fjords and coastal islands and nature lover’s paradise. What many people fail to recognize are the urban hubs in Norway. Norway’s land makes up approximately 241,000 square miles (including Svalbard) and their population just recently reached 5 million inhabitants in 2012. For comparison, Wisconsin on the other hand covers 65,000 square miles which is just about a third of Norway’s entire landmass. Wisconsin’s population on the other hand tops out at 5.6 million people which surpass Norway by over half of a million. The country’s topography is dominated by mountains, fjords and glaciers implicating that the 5 million people dwell primarily in small towns and bigger cities. A third of the population dwells in the six biggest cities ranging in population of almost 1 million in Oslo to 100,000 in Drammen. Let’s take a look at the four biggest cities in Norway.

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