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Try brunost

As a newcomer to Norway many locals will ask you if you’ve had the brunost, aka the brown cheese, yet and what you think of it. So, it’s best to quickly try it and get that out of the way.

I think many Norwegians enjoy offering brunost as a cruel trick, the classic “let’s make the foreigner try our strange food” gag. However, many (myself included) find brunost to be quite tasty! It’s high in sugar and it is like cheese, so for an American that’s pretty much our two main food groups. It’s technically not cheese, more of a by-product of cheese production itself. Most countries would throw it out, but during Norway’s more humble and poorer times they added sugar to provide additional food for the people.

So brunost is considered an important part of cultural identity for Norwegians.

Give it a try, it’s especially good on waffles.


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Dressing like a Norwegian

By European standards especially, but even by American standards, the Norwegian dress code would be considered informal and casual. In Norway it’s less important to display one’s wealth through fashion than you might see elsewhere. That’s something only the Swedes really do here in Scandinavia.

You’ll also notice Norwegians incorporate a lot of black and dark colors into their outfits, enough to make even a high school goth kid jealous. The typical Norwegian outfit may consist of black on black on black with a splash of gray. This is actually part of the overall Scandinavian fashion aesthetic. Many have tried to explain why, but it probably comes down to the fact that tall gorgeous blond people simply look fabulous in all black.

If you’re coming from a warmer region (so about 90% of the planet), please allow me to introduce you to your new best friend . . . wool! This tried and true material is your key to surviving the cold Norwegian winter.

Finally, you may see Norwegians wearing athletic gear even when not exercising. That’s because they are probably on their way to do just that or at least they want to give the impression they are.


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