What You Should Know About The Life In Norway (13 PICS)

Posted in INTERESTING       29 Oct 2020       3738       19 GALLERY VIEW

When someone publishes a new book in Norway and it passes quality control, Arts Council Norway buys 1000 copies of it to distribute to libraries, or 1550 copies if it’s a children’s book. The idea is that it keeps many publishers alive and supports writers while they're still working on building their careers. In addition to this, books are also exempted from Norway’s value-added tax.

 

Svalbard is the only visa-free zone in the world. That means that anybody can live and work there indefinitely no matter the country of citizenship.

 

For tax purposes, stripping counts as an art form.

"A Norwegian appeals court has ruled that striptease is an art form and should therefore be exempt from value-added tax," BBC shared back in 2006.

 

Norway's oil fund is worth somewhere over 1 trillion dollars. However, the country only spends 3% of the fund a year, because they are saving it for the next generation.

 

The income and wealth of all Norway's residents are on the public record. The idea behind the concept is that tax evasion becomes much more difficult to achieve this way—someone who records a low income but drives an expensive car becomes suspicious to authorities.

 

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In Norway, people use the term "Texas" as slang for "crazy." According to Daniel Gusfre Ims, the head of the advisory service at the Language Council of Norway, it became part of the language when people started watching cowboy films and reading such literature. "The genre was extremely popular in Norway, and a lot of it featured Texas, so the word became a symbol of something lawless and without control," he told BBC.

 

In Halden prison, its guards are encouraged to interact with inmates by playing sports, eating, and doing other types of activities together. It is believed to prevent aggression from both sides and to create a sense of family. While the prison is of maximum security, all of its 10-square-meter cells have a flat-screen TV, a toilet and a shower, and fluffy towels.

 

In Norway, Easter is sometimes referred to as "Påskekrim" (Easter Crime). During the holiday, almost everyone reads crime novels, watches true crime shows, and reads special crime-related literary supplements in the Norwegian newspapers.

The tradition began when two young Norwegian authors—Nordahl Grieg and Nils Lie—came up with an idea to write a crime bestseller. Together with their publisher, on the Sunday before Easter, they launched an advertising campaign in which the book’s title "Bergen train looted in the night" got the top spot on the front page. The realistic ad, which many confused with a real robbery, received an overwhelming amount of attention and the novel became a huge success. “Many consider this novel to be the first Easter crime and the very origin of the tradition,” Bjarne Buset, information manager at the Norwegian publishing house Gyldendal, told the media.

 

Norway has one of the world’s strictest advertising guidelines as of 2007. In the same year, Norway's consumer ombudsman targeted automakers who made claims that their cars were "green," "clean," or "environmentally friendly." “Cars cannot do anything good for the environment except less damage than others,” Bente Oeverli, a senior official at the office of the state-run Consumer Ombudsman, told the media. The guidelines distributed to carmakers said: "We ask that ... phrases such as 'environmentally friendly,' 'green,' 'clean,’ ‘environmental car,’ ‘natural,’ or similar descriptions not be used in marketing cars."

 

Due to the polar bear threat in Svalbard, an island 2030 km north of Oslo, anyone traveling outside the settlements "must be equipped with appropriate means of frightening and chasing off polar bears." The governor of the island recommends people carry firearms with them.

 

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Norwegians used to have a car brand named Troll. Only 5 cars were ever made by Troll, though, which are all in car museums. The Troll was in production between 1956 and 1958 and was made in a factory in Lunde, Telemark.

 

Norwegians are crazy about tacos! Even though only introduced to the country in the '90s, the dish quickly became extremely popular and appreciated by Norwegians. In fact, it became so popular that even Taco Fridays (tacofredag) became something to celebrate each week!

 

Slow TV—or a long coverage of seemingly mundane and ordinary events—is quite popular in Norway. The national broadcaster NRK has regularly shown programmes or documentaries such as a 376-hour boat voyage, 60 hours of choirs singing, and 12 hours of knitting. The first slow TV show was the program Bergensbanen minute by minute—train journey across Southern Norway, which showed a 7-hour train journey from Bergen to Oslo. It was aired back in 2009.

 


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Ditus 9 month s ago
Tax rate in Norway is 46%, so much for "free" stuff.
       
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Sinah 9 month s ago
It's not 46% (although if you make a lot more than average in some cases it may be). However, as a Norwegian you'll never see a hospital bill. Doesn't matter if it is the birth of you child, a broken arm or open heart surgery. We're covered and don't need to worry about it. Tuition, what's that? Our education is free as well. Now, THAT is freedom.
       
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Steph 8 month s ago
Sinah,

True, but you might have to wait for 6 months to get the heart surgery.... or a year or so if your back is messed up...
As a Norwegian working for a Norwegian company, the company have started buying private health insurance for all of us.... so we can get quicker treatments and get back to work.
We have a good, not perfect system.

income tax defenitly not 46%, but then you ad VAT of 12 or 24% on everything we buy, extra for luxury like cars, enviromental taxes on gass and we get up there.
       
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Jorge 9 month s ago
Ditus: Its is not. Im Norwegian. The tax is linked to how much you earn, and how much dept you have. I currently pay around 28-30%. And I pay it gladly!!
       
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Claes 9 month s ago
#7. Fluffy towels??? Aw, that's sweet. Let's send all 2.3 million US prisoners to Norway and see how their fluffy towel system actually works.

We can take all their strippers in exchange.

(Historical footnote: in the late 1970's President Jimmy Carter lectured Fidel Castro on human rights and immigration. Made a huge deal about it. So Castro opened his prisons and sent the worst of the worst to Florida. Thousands of murderers, drug dealers, and rapists were absorbed into our population without vetting. It's not mentioned in history books now, but it happened.)
       
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Erwin 9 month s ago
Claes,
USA never heard of REHABILITATION? Of turning people to become a valued citizen of the country? No... All they've heard is punishment, guns, more agression, and gangs. Your way... enjoy.
       
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Sigismund 9 month s ago
I've always wanted to visit Norway and see the fjords. What a beautiful country!
       
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Ced 8 month s ago
Sigismund, Fjords? Never. I'm a Chevy man, myself! heh heh

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Mickey 9 month s ago
Socialized medicine, Just don't get sick over 60, your not worth care after that.
       
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Appie 9 month s ago
Mickey,

Good point, except you're wrong.
       
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Mahala 9 month s ago
Mickey, I live in a country with socialised medicine. My 93 year old father was aggressively treated for lung/brain/skin/prostate cancer over a period of 10 years up to his death recently.
       
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Jule 9 month s ago
Mickey, age doesn't matter. You get free health service your whole life. My mother got a new hip at the age of 78.
       
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Lewis 9 month s ago
Norway is truly an fantastic country in many ways. As born in Sweden with a Swedish father and an Norwegian mother, I wish that Sweden could be more like Norway.
       
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Adaline 9 month s ago
All the US peepz trying to think of something "wrong" with other countries just to make themselves feel better.
       
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Nickname 9 month s ago
Any black people in Norway?
       
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Steph 8 month s ago
Nickname,

Yes there are people of color in Norway.
But most of them got here after 1965, so I have worked with people telling me stories about the first time they met a person of color.
       
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Elenor 9 month s ago
As an American - Hell yeah, good for them! Ignore those negative remarks.
We could learn a lot. Just because we are huge in size doesn't mean we are the best at everything, and the way to be best is look at all the different examples in the world and see what works. Being a huge country makes it more difficult to do most things efficiently.
And as a Texas. :-) I'll take crazy
       
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Lemuel 9 month s ago
Love the idea of slow tv shows and the Texas thing ha ha. In Texas they make fun of Californians. Everybody loves to have a dog to kick.
       
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Trisha 8 month s ago
Lemuel,

It's not to make fun of today's Texans, it's more like a reference to the wild west.
I.e. one could just as easy use the term "It was like the wild west" to describe a situation like a bar brawl or any similar chaotic event.
       
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