Norway

Norway, located in Northern Europe, is renowned for its natural beauty, particularly its fjords, mountains, and glaciers. With a population of around 5.4 million, it is a sparsely populated country. Its capital, Oslo, is a vibrant city known for its museums, galleries, and modern architecture. Norway is a prosperous country with a high standard of living and a strong economy, largely driven by the oil and gas industry. It is also recognized for its commitment to sustainability, with policies and initiatives focused on renewable energy and conservation efforts. The country is home to a rich cultural heritage, including the Viking era, which is reflected in its museums and historical sites. Norway is also known for its literature, music, and art, with notable figures such as Edvard Munch and Henrik Ibsen. In addition, the country has a strong tradition of winter sports, particularly skiing, and has hosted the Winter Olympics twice.
 

Books

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4.1/5

The Half Brother

by Lars Saabye
Christensen

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4.4/5

Kristin Lavransdatter

by Sigrid Undset

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3.9/5

Out Stealing
Horses

by Per Petterson

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4.2/5

Hunger

by Knut Hamsun

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4.1/5

The Redbreast

by Jo Nesbo

A classic Norwegian novel, The Half Brother tells the story of Benny, an orphan who learns that his father has had a son with another woman. He sets out on a journey to find his half brother and discovers secrets about himself and his family along the way. Through a series of flashbacks, the reader is taken on an emotional rollercoaster as Benny explores the complexities of life and family relationships.

This historical fiction trilogy follows Kristin Lavransdatter, a young woman growing up in 14th century Norway. She struggles to balance her faith and personal ambitions while struggling with love, marriage and heartbreak in a patriarchal society. This novel is considered to be one of Norway’s greatest literary works and has won numerous awards over the years.

Out Stealing Horses follows Trond Sander as he deals with his grief following his wife’s death and reflects on his past when he moves to rural Norway after retiring from work. Through Trond’s memories of his time as a teenager living in the countryside during World War II, readers gain insight into what it means to live through history while trying to come to terms with personal tragedy.

Hunger is considered one of Norway’s seminal works of literature and is often viewed as an early example of modernist literature due its experimental form and psychological themes. It follows an unnamed narrator as he wanders around Oslo trying to make ends meet while dealing with poverty and isolation caused by his extreme hunger throughout the course of several months – from May until August – without ever finding any meaningful resolution or contentment at its conclusion.

Described as “an intense psychological thriller,” The Redbreast centers around Harry Hole – an alcoholic detective working for the Oslo Police Department – as he investigates a series of murders related to the mysterious neo-Nazi organization called “The Fathers” which could potentially be connected to Hole’s traumatic childhood experiences during World War II era Norway when he became an orphan after losing both parents at an early age due to Nazi occupation forces invading their small village at that time period.. Along this journey, readers have their eyes opened not just to modern Norwegian culture but also how it’s still haunted by its dark past filled with war crimes committed nearly 80 years ago making them question whether progress made since then can truly heal these wounds or if they’re deeply embedded within society itself.

Movies

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3.7/5

Thelma

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3.9/5

King of Devil's Island

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3.7/5

Oslo, August 31st

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3.6/5

Utøya (22 July)

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3.7/5

Kon-Tiki

This psychological thriller follows Thelma, a young woman who moves to Oslo to study at university. She discovers that she has mysterious and dangerous powers, which she struggles to control. As she tries to understand the source of her abilities, she falls in love with another woman, triggering a series of unsettling events. With haunting imagery, superb acting, and a captivating storyline, Thelma is a must-see for fans of psychological horror.

Based on a true story, this historical drama follows the experiences of a group of teenage boys at a notorious reform school on a remote island off the coast of Norway. With its stark depiction of the brutality and injustice of the school system, this film is a powerful indictment of Norway’s past.

This drama follows a recovering drug addict named Anders as he leaves rehab for a day to attend a job interview in Oslo. As he wanders the city, he meets old friends and family members, and reflects on his past and uncertain future. The film explores themes of addiction, loneliness, and the struggle for redemption. With powerful performances and poignant storytelling, Oslo, August 31st is a masterful work of art.

This harrowing drama recreates the events of the 2011 terrorist attack on the island of Utøya, which claimed the lives of 69 people. Shot in real time and from the perspective of a single victim, the film captures the terror and confusion of that day with visceral intensity.

This movie is based on a true story of Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl’s 1947 Kon-Tiki expedition across the Pacific Ocean on a raft made of balsa wood. The film captures the adventure, danger, and courage of the six-man crew, as they battle harsh weather and unpredictable seas. With stunning cinematography and brilliant performances, Kon-Tiki takes you on a thrilling and unforgettable journey.

Music

Norwegian music has a rich and diverse history that spans over a thousand years. From traditional folk music and classical compositions to modern pop and electronic genres, Norway has produced a wide range of musical styles and talents. Traditional Norwegian folk music is characterized by its use of fiddles, Hardanger fiddles, and a variety of flutes and pipes. These traditional sounds are often mixed with contemporary arrangements to create a unique fusion of old and new. Norwegian musicians have made significant contributions to the electronic music scene, particularly in the sub-genre of ambient music. In recent years, Norway has also produced several popular musicians, including Kygo, Sigrid, and Aurora, who have gained international recognition and acclaim.

 

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