Friday, 27 May 2016

Unknown Norway and Its Small Oddities

Close your eyes and imagine a small kingdom among the seas. Magnificent fjords, cold winds and landscapes frozen in time. This fairy-tale is real and is called Norway. 

Unknown Norway and Its Small Oddities

Norway is home of Scandinavian gods, curved fjords and dominating mountains, crystal rivers and mighty waterfalls, ancient legends and rich history, high welfare level and industrial fishery. However, Norway is also famous for its small oddities. 

One of the Norway's landmarks are grass roofs. Many Norwegians prefer to cover their roofs not with regular slate or tiles but with turf and green grass. It keeps houses warm and protects them from humidity during cold northern winters. And grass roots harmonize with the landscape. 

Unknown Norway and Its Small Oddities

Small oddities start from the childhood. For example, in kindergartens children eat hot food only once a week – on Fridays. All other time they have sandwiches and biscuits. 

At school, children learn two official written standards for the Norwegian language – Nynorsk and Bokmål. On the other hand, they have a colossal graduation party at the end, that lasts for 17 days – from May 1st until May 17th! The preparation starts already in the Fall.

Unknown Norway and Its Small Oddities

Graduates choose their suits; usually these are jumpsuits of various colors. By the way, red jumpsuits are for future economists, blue – for those who apply for liberal arts, black – for future engineers, and white – for sportsmen. During these 17 days the graduates walk the streets and execute as many as possible special tasks, like grabbling through the town center, dancing, running etc. 

Unknown Norway and Its Small Oddities

Another cute oddity is the Norwegian traditional sweater decorated with small black dots. The Norwegians call these sweaters lusekofte – "flea jacket". The lusekofte dates from the 19th century. After it was discovered by tourists in the 1920s, it became very popular and today they are made in are many different patterns and colors. The lusekofte is a casual attire, traditionally mostly worn by men. 


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