You know you've been in Norway too long when...

  • You think there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing
  • You associate warm rice porridge with Saturday and Xmas eve
  • It seems nice to spend a week in a small wooden cottage up in the mountains, with no running water and no electricity
  • It seems sensible that the age limit at Oslo nightclubs is 25
  • You think cross-country skiing is the only "real" skiing
  • You know at least five different words describing different kinds of snow
  • A sharp intake of breath has become part of your active vocabulary
  • You associate Friday afternoon with a trip to Vinmonopolet
  • You rummage through your plastic bottles collection to see which ones you should store and which can be sacrificed to the recycling centre
  • It's acceptable to eat lunch at 11.00 and dinner at 15.00
  • Your front door step is beginning to resemble a shoe shop
  • Silence is fun
  • The reason you take the ferry to Denmark is:
    a. duty free vodka
    b. duty free beer
    c. to party
  • The only reason for getting off the boat in Copenhagen is to eat pizza
  • It no longer seems excessive to spend 800 kr. on alcohol in a single night
  • Your old habit of being "fashionably late" is no longer acceptable. You are always on time.
  • You enjoy the taste of lutefisk
  • You use "Mmmm" as a conversation filler
  • An outside temperature of 9 degrees Celsius is mild (in mid June)
  • You wear sandals with socks
  • You think riding a racing bike in the snow is a perfectly sensible thing to do (with or without snowtires)
  • Traditional dinners may not necessarily mean a cooked meal
  • You think it's acceptable to wrap your hotdog in a cold pancake
  • Can't remember when to say "please" and "excuse me"
  • You will leave a pub if you can't find a seat
  • You believe that having no choice of products in a supermarket makes it easier to shop
  • You don't mind paying the same for a 200 metre bus ride as you do for going 10 kms
  • You have more than one scarf
  • You have more than one hat and at least one of them has earflaps
  • You know the difference between Blue and Red ski wax
  • You don't fall over when walking on ice
  • Always prepare to catch the closing door if following too closely behind somebody
  • You know the rules to handball
  • You can prepare fish in five different ways without cooking it
  • You know Norway's results the last three years in the "Eurovision Song Contest"
  • You start to believe that if it wasn't for Norway's efforts the world would probably collapse soon
  • You find yourself speaking halfway Swedish with Swedes
  • You don't question the habit of always making "matpakke"

Send this article to a friend  
Print version

Norway - the official site in the UK / Contact the Embassy / Contact information
© 2003/2007