Norway to most people means high mountains and deep fjords, midnight sun and northern light. And it is known as a country in which everything is very expensive. Norway is also famous for the Vikings, the Nobel peace prize, the composer Edward Grieg, the explorers Nansen and Amundsen, tasty fish and, of course, oil.
Besides the oil and gas sector, fisheries, hydroelectric power, shipping, wood, minerals, trading and tourism are important industries in Norway.
Norway has consistently been rated the best country in which to live by the UN, based on social services, work situation, economy, and standard of living. It is one of the most emancipated countries in the world (only beaten by Sweden), thus women’s rights stand strong. In Norway one believes in equal opportunities for everybody. Society is built on equality and respect for one another.
Norway is one of the few countries in Europe that has largely escaped the financial crisis. On the contrary, the economy grows steadily, the unemployment is low, people live prosperously and have few economical worries.
Norway has two official languages: Bokmål (literally, ‘book language’) is used by 70 % of the population, and Nynorsk (literally, ‘New Norwegian’) is used by 30 % of the population). But beware: these are both written languages. The spoken language is quite different.
In Norway, dialects are an essential feature of spoken language. Everybody speaks a dialect. Some dialects are close to Bokmål, some are closer to New Norwegian, and most are a mix of both, interspersed with local peculiarities. In Norway there are, for instance, at least seven versions of the personal pronoun ‘I’ (jeg, eg, æ, æg, i , ei, je). There are also dialectical differences in conjugation and great varieties in tonality and emphasis.
Most people follow courses in Bokmål, but if desired, we are also happy to teach New Norwegian and specific dialects.