Anonymous asked: My boyfriend is Norwegian and he wants to show me Norway, which time of year should I suggest and which places would astonish an Aussie?
If you are from australia, I recommend summer time! Well, I recommend summertime anyway, because norway is very beautiful and accessible during that time of year. Now I don’t know too much about Australia, but am I mistaken in saying that it’s not very mountainous? If not, take some hikes on our many beautiful mountains and through our forests! Go to fjord (there are a lot!), and check out northern norway and the islands, a lot of which get closed off for winter because ferries do not run. If you want things other to do than play in the snow, summer is the best time to visit northern norway. It is very lovely, and not many people make it up so far and usually stick with oslo/bergen. Of course you should also visit those places, they are lovely by their own merits.
Anonymous asked: To what degree does Jante Law permeate Norwegian culture? Just curious =)
Quite a bit, I would say, but it’s just that we are so used to it that I think that it’s just the way things are to us. Most of us, and in other nordic countries, have this idea ingrained in us that we are no better than any other person here. This makes some things difficult, and it is often hard for other people in more gregarious (?) countries to wrap their heads around. It kind of goes with the stereotype that scandinavians are aloof, standoffish, and keep to themselves. But it can also be a good thing, because it keeps egos in check, in a way and encourages humility and is stabilizing for us. I don’t know, really. I think everyone experiences/views it differently. It’s just a certain way of thinking that has been around quite a while.
Anonymous asked: Hi, I'm writting a story with a few norwegian characters and I have not as much information as I would like. I was wondering if you could tell me a flower that grows in Norway (or is typical in nordic places in general) I was looking for something more special than a rose or other common flowers. I guess is not an easy question so thank you very much, your tumblr is great!!
I’m not very versed in flower knowledge, but here is some research I did.
There are apparently a lot of indigenous norwegian orchids: http://www.orkideer.no/indigenous.html
There is also a flower (or two) that the myth is that they sprung up from where Freya’s (a norse goddess) tears fell, either snowdrop or lily of the valley.
Any botanists around here?
Anonymous asked: Hi, I would like to know how penpals actually work, thank you!
You would submit your description of yourself to me, and I would publish it. Then, if someone wants to contact you, they do so via your ask box or whatever contact information you have included. Then you talk back and forth however you like.
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