Culture and Lifestyle

What music is popular in Norway? What's the food like? Did you know that many world-famous artists and writers are Norwegian? Norwegians also love sports, such as skiing and football.

Most people in Norway live and work in towns, but there are many who live out in the vast countryside. The Norwegian government helps to support rural parts of the country. This gives the people who live there access to the same types of schools, hospitals, businesses and museums and galleries as the people who live in cities. Read more

For a country with a population of only 4.5 million people, Norway has produced a surprising number of well-known artists, writers and musicians. The writer Ibsen and the painter Munch are world-famous, and Grieg's music is played all over the world. Today, there is an exciting musical scene spanning from classical music to pop and electronica. Read more

With the changing seasons being quite distinct in Norway, events throughout the year take on a special meaning. Each season brings its own festivities and Norwegians love a celebration! Read more

Photo: Bjørn Jørgensen .

Norway has a rich tradition of myths, legends, superstition and folk tales. In these stories we meet all sorts of different gods and supernatural beings such as trolls, gnomes, pixies, wood nymphs and water spirits. The stories also often involve kings and queens and beautiful princesses as well as ordinary young people who experience an exciting adventure. Read more