Once upon a time the adventurous and frightful Vikings were roaming the Northern Hemisphere.
However, the following tale is the true Saga how too much ……made the fearsome Norsemen incapacitated & paralyzed, and turned them into Homo Petrolicus.
The Kingdom of Norway is described as Heaven on Earth, Ranking #1 in Standard of Living.
That alone, is a good reason to scratch their surface a bit, and dive straight into theirSouls. What will we find in this geographical Cul-de-Sac. Saddle up and keep on reading. Will you be Surprised, Amused or even Shocked ? Be aware, it may for ever change your view on Norway.
Before reading the blog get a feel of today`s Norway through Norse News above.
First of all I would like to present a few famous Norwegians.
There he is the happy fellow with the flag – Harald V of Norway.
The King is a true multicultural person with Swedish and German roots. He is a good example of the new emerging Norwegian society a blend of Nordic, African & Balkan cultures.
The King and the wife live together in a house, The Royal Castle built by Sweden.
The parade boulevard leading up to the Royal Castle, carries the name, Karl Johan.
This in honour of the Swedish King Karl Johan, who jointly served as monarch of Sweden and Norway.
As a matter of fact, many Swedes living in Norway, are still doing what Norwegians dislike to do – they work.
The Danes were running Norway for some 436 years, but they had enough. Below is the famous red Danish sausage w/bread .The skin often contains a traditional red dye carmine which you get from this cute bug Dactylopius coccus:
History is really fun. I just love it since it is the fabric of a society and can never be erased.
The flag used to look like this – well sort of:
The character below is the notorious, Vidkun Quisling.
Scroll down. The guy with the mean eyes ,no, not the one on the raft, the person close to the Whale.
Norwegians do not like to talk about him, but he is a part of their short history so we let him stay.
….”the term was coined by the British newspaper The Times in an editorial published on 15 April 1940, entitled “Quislings everywhere” after the Norwegian Vidkun Quisling, who assisted Nazi Germany after it conquered his own country so that he could rule the collaborationist Norwegian government himself.”
Quisling did also cooperate with Fridtjof Nansen the famous explorer and Nobel Price Laureate.
Thor Heyerdahl, was another explorer who spent many hours drifting on a raft over the Oceans.
Norway have had many brave explorers, who did things one should not do, because it is neither healthy nor safe.
Remaining are some artifacts, seal skins and a raft.
If you press here you will meet another famous person living in Norway. Not yet Norwegian although the family has obtained Norwegian citizenship.
Norway has a long Coastline, and some inhabitants enjoy fishing and whaling. In 2011 some 1300 whales are allowed to be killed by Norwegians. About 2000 tons freezed whale meat sits in Norway because very few eat it and its rather hard to sell to urban people. I was always informed that the reason for the hunt was for scientific reasons, so what the scientists intends to do with this mountain of frozen meat, I really do not know. However, the whaling continues.
The Norwegian company GC Rieber Skinn AS., is the world’s leading supplier of dressed sealskin.
Norwegian food consist mainly of frozen pizzas, fish fingers ( picture ) and sandwiches.
Most Norwegian companies do not have any canteen, so the staff bring sandwiches with them to work.
These sandwiches have 2 ingredients. Apart from the bread: brown or yellow cheese.
They do not describe their cheeses from the taste but from the colour. Most common are the brown cheese and the white cheese. It is called brown cheese because during the production process, the heating turns the milk sugar into caramel. Look at this picture and get an idea of this cheese.
Another Norwegian culinary experience is dried fish or stockfish. This product is appreciated by the Norwegians, and is exported to less developed countries.
Stockfish is also a true favourite for your pet dog, because it strengthens the teeth.
They fish quite a bit in Norway. The fish with the highest quality is sold abroad, leaving the Norwegians with a less quality product. The fishing industry is mainly based on aquaculture. Products fished in Norwegian waters will be shipped to Denmark for processing and then sold back to Norway.
Japan takes a major portion of the aquaculture salmon, which ends up as kaiten-sushi in Shinjuku. The salmons are in many cases fed with synthetic color agent called Astaxanthin or E 161 j to make the meat look a bit more red. This coloring agent is not approved by the US authorities ( FDA ) for human consumption.
Cod tongue is considered to be something of a speciality, you got to try it.
Fried Cod Tongues Recipe:
12 cod tongues
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 lb. salt pork, cut into tiny pieces
Bag the salt, pepper and flour and place the tongues in the bag, shake until evenly coated.
Fry the pork until golden brown,remove the pork pieces to another plate. Use the fat to fry the cod tongues until golden brown.
Lutefisk ( a fish dish, picture below ) is described in Wiki as:….” Lutefisk is cod that has been dried in a lye solution. It looks like the desiccated cadavers of squirrels run over by trucks“…
“Lutefisk is not food, it is a weapon of mass destruction. It is currently the only exception for the man who ate everything. Otherwise, I am fairly liberal, I gladly eat worms and insects, but I draw the line on lutefisk”.
Personally, I think it tastes ok, especially when served with bacon bits. Not the Danish type bacon though, which is pumped up with Nitrate. When cooked at high temps, Nitrates form Nitrosamines which are carcinogenic and linked to pancreatic cancer.
I warned you you got to be careful what you put on the table for your family.
Other speciality is sheep`s head. This is the pre treatment burning the wool of the head.
The major cities in Norway and especially
Oslo have significant pollution problems: Here is a picture of the famous Oslo smog “Lid”.
AirQuality Europe declares the following:
” This topography of Oslo contributes often to inversion in the winter. Inversion causes high levels of local pollution in the centre of the city and along the main roads.”
Due this fact, there is an “environmental speedlimit” at max 60 / 70 km. /hrs in some populated areas.
Regarding pollution problems we say as George Carlin:
Legal Purge after the Second World War.
This one is also a bit touchy, but again if you like to be #1, then you got to be a straight shooter.
So, during the last war, between 70,000 – 92.000 Norwegians were collaborating with the German occupiers . That is twice as many as in Denmark.
Many claims that more Norwegians were killed in active fight on the German side, then against them.
Wag the Dog.
Norway is pretty trigger happy, sending their F16s, and soldiers to distant places, far way from home. Today, Norway is fighting in Afghanistan plus some other places. Obviously, Norway believes that Afghanistan represents a threat to them although they are some 5000 km., apart from each other. Attacks and invasions of the Norwegian territory, have always started from countries in close proximity to Norway, so the Afghan involvement seems a bit outside the box.
Why does the dog wag its tail?
Because the dog is smarter than the tail.
If the tail were smarter, it would wag the dog.
So who is the Dog and who is the tail, and what part is Norway ?
One should assume with all this revenue from oil & gas, the infrastructure should reflect this wealth.
Roads paved: 85,000 km – includes 664 km of expressways. Most roads are too narrow in any European comparison.
No this pic is not an accident. 2 trucks meeting somewhere in Norway.
Unpaved roads: 20,913 km.
Portugal has 2613 km., of expressways, but not too many oil wells, and Switzerland with some pretty high mountains in excess of 2000 km., expressways.
Norway is sharing this place with Burkina Faso but lagging far behind countries like: Bangladesh, Peru, Romania and Congo.
This is the flag of Burkina Faso.
We say: the Norwegian road authorities should go and visit Switzerland & Austria.
The climate in Norway causes occasional problems for the traveler. Some mountain roads are closed from late fall to late spring due to blockage by snowfall or danger of avalanches. Icy road conditions are a concern throughout Norway during the winter. Spring flooding can create traffic delays. Mountain roads are narrow and winding. In Oslo and the other large cities, air pollution in the winter months is prevalent and can affect those with asthma or other respiratory problems. There are few freeways in Norway, and the roads are often narrow with numerous ongoing repair projects underway.
Norway has many toll roads. Quite often they first build the tollbooth, so you start paying prior they construct the road. A pretty smart business model.
Cars are very expensive to buy. Reason being is an old fashioned and complex tax & calculation system. Companies may provide a company car.
Average speed between major cities ( km / hrs. ) in 12 European countries – 2009:
Norway 65,0 Albania 68,1 Poland 71,3 Finland 81,1 Sweden 88,4 Switzerland 90,5 Denmark 93,8 Portugal 96,8 Germany 108,3
Norway has a speed limit of 80 – 100 km./ hrs.on their limited highway network. You will encounter a very large number of speed cameras along the roads, and police cars plus radar checks. Speeding is very expensive and you will easily end up behind bars. In comparison, other crimes are not judged as harshly, as speeding.
The Swedish Lifeline & the famous Norwegian “HARRY SHOPPING” in Sweden.
Norwegians often travel to neighbouring Sweden, to purchase food, tobacco and alcoholic beverages. This EU report explains why. There is a significant price & quality difference between the two Countries and since the Norwegian politicians add new taxes, and even taxes on taxes the inhabitants are forced to go abroad to buy food, beer, wine and tobacco.
The Norwegian authorities however, do not trust the Norwegians to enjoy & control their level of drinking, so they are only allowed a very limited import of alcohol. At the Norwegian borders there are frequent checks also from undercover agents. Even when senior citizens make day trips to Sweden to save a few kroner, the Norwegian customs is very alert. One can really not blame the authorities, it is of course less dangerous to chase ordinary Norwegians, then striking the Big Fish.
The Manufacturing industry was never the backbone of the Norwegian society, and played a limited role in their educational system.
Norway used to build merchant ships, but the Japanese and Koreans took less breaks so that was the end of that story.
The Americans and Brits explored and build up the oil & gas industry off the Norwegian coast. Step-by-step, the Norwegians picked up pace, and managed to construct platforms and rigs.
Below, is my favourite Norwegian invention Cheese slicer from 1925, based on a carpenter`s plane.
Another smart one is Trampe the bicycle lift, and the AutoSock.
Norway`s first developed car, Troll was sold, as a finished product 5 (!) times. It was manufactured from fiberglass similar to the East German car Trabant – which was sold in excess of 3 million, so I prefer to show this DDR beauty instead.
Today Think a electrical vehicle is their second attempt. Think is produced in Finland. With Think you can travel up to 160 km in one charge and then take the bus back home.
It is now gone belly up ( 2011 /2012 ).
Missiles and electronics manufacturing have found overseas clients.
Apparently, FULL FART , means “full speed ahead for Top Gear“, and refers to Top Gear Live’s first TV show in Norway.
Norwegians & Celebration.
Norwegians love to celebrate themselves, wave flags and eat Hot Dogs wrapped in a thin bread they call lompe or lefse, a potato cake. Similar to the indians, the Norwegians may also dress up in rural garments showing a national romantic flair.
By the way, when manufacturing their wiener Hot Dog, the Norwegians use mostly intestines from Syrian sheep. Reason for this, is the lack of mechanical strength in their own domestic sheep intestine. It has something to do what the sheep eat.
Once the celebration is over, they visit friends, share a frozen pizza, and enjoy a glass boxed wine imported from a trip to neighbouring Sweden. If available, they will also throw a “Flintsteak” on the grill. This meat is a square, frozen piece of pig. The meal is accompanied by different sauces, and potato salad from the supermarket.
As there are hardly any open & live markets, butchers with real & fresh meat, the Norwegians do not know what a fresh product looks like. If you would like to buy a piece of meat, it is marked “Storfe” meaning “Cattle” in English. Try to visit a food mart in any other place in the World and ask for “a piece of Cattle.
Norwegian food products are mainly, wrapped, stacked & packed.
Many products come in tubes .Below left is fish in a tube and on the right, fish in a ball shapes, packed in a can.
So how do you get a Mackerel inside a tube ?
Below is tube cheese with bacon.
Norwegians are very proud of their kitchens, but they don`t cook, they unwrap & defrost, they have a limited interest in gastronomy. Their main objective : “it got to go fast”. Subsequently they consume tons of hamburgers, chips and pizzas.
Norwegians drink Coke to everything even to sushi. When ordering a Coke , it is pronounced : ” Kooola “.
Henry Kissinger once said “If you control oil, you control nations. If you control food, you control people”.
Norwegians should “thank” their farmers, the State and those very few organisations controlling the food supply in Norway.
99% of food sold in Norway is controlled by a handful players.
Their mantra is, that when produced in Norway, it can only be healthy & Imported food is less good for you and your children.
71% of infant-children food sold, is controlled by 1 producer.
80% of the frozen pizzas sold, is controlled by 1 producer.
79% of Chocolate sold, is controlled by 2 producers.
90% of Milk products, is controlled by 1 producer.
Norway is also extremely protective & frightened viz products from abroad. Just one example: if you would import milk, the State would add a duty of 388 % .
Norway & the Norwegians have elected and chosen a system resembling the food supply you would find in the former Russian system & Eastern Bloc.
The funny part though, when the Norwegians go to Sweden and spend billions, they purchase exactly the same frozen products, but now at a lower price and even the Norwegian products are about 40 % lower in Sweden !
Understandably, you will hardly ever find a Norwegian in Lyon, Tokyo or San Sebastian.
Why do the Norwegians accept this ?
In 2011 there was a governmental white paper presented called ” Food, power and powerlessness – About the strength conditions in the food supply chain “- analyzing and mapping out the present situation and also presenting some recommendations.
However, this is nothing new. I doubt that the Norwegians will see any change from this work.
Film recommended for Scandinavian visitors ( in Norwegian ) on YouTube:
Smaken av Hund. This provocative film , was originally set up for public viewing on some Norwegian networks but was pulled back and never shown.
What it shows is outbreaks of E.coli in food, imported soybeans, large scale industrial food production, very long transportation routes, type of fodder the animals eat ( pig eat pig ), targeting schools and children with their marketing campaigns poultry production not so nice looking.
All told a very different picture as the industry likes to present i.e., tradition, fjord, mountains, clean meadows & fresh air.
The film won several prices at film festivals.
Norwegians & Outdoor.
Norwegians like the nature. You will meet them, at least the elderly, during the weekend hiking or skiing.
In their pockets, they carry with them:
1 x Orange.
1 x Kvikklunsj ( meaning “fastlunch”).
1 x Dried fish.
Rolling tobacco ( due to high tax cigarettes are rare ).
A Thermos flask with a hot drink, or they may even stick their Hot Dogs in the thermos flask.
Many Norwegians own a cabin in the mountains. Normally they are not equipped with tap water and toilet, but you will find fancy cabins as well.
Lots of water means an active boating life.
Unfortunately, many Norwegians will end their days during this season, with one hand around a bottle of beer, and the other around his ….little.. friend, falling into the water.
As they are not keen swimmers, the outcome is often tragic.
We recommend them to use what this guy is wearing:
There are only 6 x 50 metres indoor pools in Norway, neither have international standard.
Norwegians having fun.
Norwegians love to have fun. To relax in their leather corner couch, play PSP, watch their normally too large TV, eat chips, enjoy a frozen pizza, and drink boxed wine. Sending SMS is also a popular as well as surfing the Net.
The Norwegians sense of humour, is the slap stick type you will find in the UK. Norwegians like jokes but not when you make jokes about them. He will rather say: “if you don`t like it here, leave”. Few Norwegians would enter a constructive discussion, analyzing and maybe understand & respect a different viewpoint.
Norwegians are keen tech freaks. When possible, they attack the new released Beta products, so now you understand why they all have an eBay account.
They do not enjoy too much culture, like reading books, theaters or complicated arrangements. Museums are rare in Norway.
There are some excellent composers with Norwegian background. And of course this pretty depressing painter.
Henrik Ibsen was a very productive author.
Among his works you will find:
When We Dead Awaken – Ghosts and An Enemy of the People.
You would not carry these books with you on a holiday unless you are a member of exit.ch.
Knut Hamsun, Norwegian author with a taste for the guy above, the one with the mean eyes, remember, next to the whale ?
In 1943, in the middle of the war, he mailed his Nobel Prize medal to Joseph Goebbels. The medal looks like this. Did Norway get it back and where is it today ?
Hunger, was the title of one of his novels.
Petter Dass – meaning Peter Toilet was a pretty famous poet.
Obviously, you will find Norwegian buildings designed by Norwegian architects, This is Oslo Town Hall.
And this is a building in Moscow.
This building is in neighbouring Sweden.
…and this one in Denmark.
The Norwegians as Norwegians.
They are not sophisticated, but rough-edged, very friendly and uncomplicated. Not too many inventions come out of Norway so creativity lacks. A Norwegian will seek and maintain a status quo. New frontiers and new ideas are seen more like a threat to them, then opportunities. A Norwegian will not take the lead but rather be a complaining follower. Norwegians are a bit like the Med people, short working hours and a lot of holidays. During their holidays, they love to leave the Country the love…
Norwegians love, and actively seek recognition and acceptance from abroad.
They feel a sense of pride, when other nations pay attention and notice their existence. They are world champions in everything & nothing. In their minds they are the centre of Universe, but in reality, in the outskirts.
A funny anecdote back this up: the Paper clip myth:
“A Norwegian, Johan Vaaler (1866–1910), has erroneously been identified as the inventor of the paper clip. His version was never manufactured and never marketed, because the superior Gem was already available. Long after Vaaler’s death his countrymen created a national myth based on the false assumption that the paper clip was invented by an unrecognised Norwegian genius.
Norwegian dictionaries since the 1950s have mentioned Vaaler as the inventor of the paper clip, and that myth later found its way into international dictionaries”. A huge paperclip monument was also placed on the ground of the Oslo Business Schools campus.
So you see,
Pride is a very important nutrition for the Norwegian soul. Without this, he implodes to an individual you really just would like to help.In modern Psychological literature it carries the description – the Fugu Syndrome (1).
Norwegians are soul searching, trying to locate their bearings in the Universe. They are at constant outlook.
Their main pillar of comfort, is located outside their mainland, a product of Mother Nature. Untouched by Norwegian hands and below the surface of the Ocean.
Next to their bed, they even have a Peak Oil Calculator.(2)
Here lies the Great Norwegian Dilemma.
Their mantra is: WHO GOES FIRST – ME or THE OIL ?
Norway has a major management problem.
They have a USD +500 billion Oil Fund, which they treat in much the same way that a Norwegian family would treat its own personal savings account. One would assume wonderful infrastructure, school & universities in the European 1st Divison, trendsetting care taking for elderly, but no.
Norway is the only Country in the World were too much Cash is a huge problem.
And what do you hear from the politicians: ” we are saving for the future”.
I say: Give me a break. You started drilling for oil & gas almost 50 years ago.
Not even the roads are straight & wide enough. After every winter there are potholes everywhere, and during the pretty long winter season, they cannot even keep the snow away from the roads. Even the railroad has huge problems following the Winter Season. I mean, it`s not Rocket Science.
We say: Hello, Today is Yesterday’s Future. So wake up !
Talking about management problems. Do you know that Norway has a water problem – that the reservoirs are regularly at their minimums ?
But are they not pretty close to the Atlantic Ocean ? And don`t they have more then 450,000 fresh water lakes in the Country ?
Do you know that Norway also has to import energy from Swedish nuclear powerplants ?
It`s not that Norway is a Continent, they are less then 5 million people up there !
We say: Norway should invest in Norway.
That means improving domestic infrastructure, roads, communications, health, research and education, to elevate its international position.
Being old in Norway.
Norway is exporting its elderly to the Costa Blanca in the hope that the Mediterranean climate will help them live longer and that lower costs will save the state money.
“In a new twist on care for the elderly, thousands of Norwegians are relaxing in the Spanish sun and taking health cures at a growing number of geriatric and rehabilitation centres run by Norwegian municipalities and staffed almost entirely by Norwegians in the Alicante region.”
“Instead of building a new treatment centre in Oslo, local authorities can just build one in southern Spain,” said Lotte Tollefsen, a spokeswoman at the Norwegian embassy in Madrid.
We ask: What about this Oil Fund ? Why not invest in Norway FOR the elderly ?
“It’s warm, it’s delicious, it’s everything Norway isn’t. I’m going home tomorrow and I feel terrible about it,” said Tor Slitvold.
This is the key to success & career in Norway – without any additional qualifications.
Being a Prisoner in Norway.
A friendly poster, did just give me an interesting lead about a new prison, close to to the Swedish border in a town called Halden.
The facility boasts amenities like: a sound studio, jogging trails and a freestanding two-bedroom house where inmates can host their families during overnight visits.
Design plays a key role in Halden’s rehabilitation efforts. “The most important thing is that the prison looks as much like the outside world as possible,” says Hans Henrik Hoilund, one of the prison’s architects.
To avoid an institutional feel, exteriors are not concrete but made of bricks, galvanized steel and larch. The cells have flat-screen TVs and mini fridges. Designers chose long vertical windows for the rooms because they let in more sunlight. There are no bars. With their stainless steel countertops, wraparound sofas and birch-colored coffee tables, they resemble Ikea showrooms.
Prison guards don’t carry guns, that creates unnecessary intimidation and social distance, and they routinely eat meals and play sports with the inmates. Prisoners receive questionnaires asking how their experience in prison can be improved.
“Our goal is to give all the prisoners, we call them our pupils, a meaningful life”
We say: Get your priorities right.
Abroad, you will easily spot a Norwegian. His, a bit comical behaviour, English pronunciation, a language they have learnt from early days, creates a funny and friendly atmosphere.
Norwegians will quite often use foul language, especially the English words.
You will notice this in daily conversations, and in writing. One reason may be the limited vocabulary of the Norwegian language.
There are 2 forms of Norwegian language.
Bokmål is a variety of Danish, while Nynorsk is a language based on Norwegian dialects.
Not too long ago, you could recognise a Norwegian wearing white socks, leather tie, and a jacket. On the jacket he would keep the brand label on the sleeve, the one you are supposed to remove after your purchase. He would keep it, just to show off a bit.
These good old days are all gone and now he would prefer Adidas & rubber clogs, the ladies with fake oversized sunglasses, and a fake LV bag.
Being polite is not in their genes, so when you walk behind a Norwegian, entering a door, he will slap this very door in your face.
If you get the opportunity to receive an invitation to a Norwegian`s home, he will proudly show his stereo, TV and the kitchen.
Norwegians openly discuss the political climate and complain over all the taxes and restrictions. Their main complaint, are the prices of new cars. They dream of driving a Porsche at 85 km / h., along their limited highway network. Normally, this dream ends up with a second-hand Mazda.
As earlier mentioned, most items are very expensive, especially food stuff. Farmers have a strong position, and the products will cost you an arm and a leg.
Officially, a Norwegian will tell you: ” we can afford it “, but privately he could easily line up some of these farmers.
When visiting Norway, you will notice a certain wealth, like today`s China, but the very high taxes restricts investments, both in the private and public sector.
Yes, Norway is a democratic Country with different parties but the gap between what they say and do, is huge. Norwegians tends to just accept and not engage. Their materialistic approach to Life and lack of inter human depth, results in a very shallow society, opaque relationships, fragmented family structures and disorganized and weak leadership.
Norway and Norwegians have very limited selection of possibilities & goods and can often not choose themselves. They are dictated by others what to do and where to invest.
That can be weapons, aircrafts, computers i.e., governmental investments, here they have no saying at all, they are just told what to buy and what not to buy.
As for food, a local handful producers and retailers tells them what to buy and where, otherwise go to Sweden and make your shopping there.
Oilfund money which really belongs to every Norwegian and is claimed to be for the Norwegians future, here the average Norwegian has zero saying.
A Norwegian believes that when he can purchase a new mobile phone or other gadget, that is real freedom.
They may think that they have vast opportunities , but they live in an illusion.
For the second straight year, UBS Bank has ranked Norway’s capital as the most expensive city to live in the world.
In spite of earning the fourth highest average salaries on earth, Norwegians from Oslo only rank 26th in the world when it comes to domestic purchasing power.
So, yes you’ve got a high salary, but it doesn’t go far on general goods and services — like transportation, which according to Xpatulator.com, is more expensive in Oslo than anywhere else on earth.”
By the way, the Royal children are interesting to follow. The daughter likes to ride, and has spent a lot of time in stables with men and horses.
She has left the stable life behind, and put her faith in angels and holy spirits, and her husband is trying to talk to the dead.
The son married a woman with a background described in the media as “she was known to have moved in circles where drugs were readily available… “.
Norwegians publish the citizens income tax on internet.
Here you can easily check your neighbours income, and find out how the h..ll he could afford that fancy car i.e. a new Mazda.
Norwegians and especially media, enjoys to read & write about their few wealthy persons. Unfortunately, the so called business papers, also have the same tabloid character, so you will hardly find any local, professional business paper or TV channel in Norway. The hotels will have CNN & BBC.
The Norwegian China Syndrome.
Censorship is not uncommon.
Similar to China, your comments may only pass, when your are not too critical to Norway, their Life Style or Society. When posting on newspaper sites, you have to be rather careful of what you write & describe. They do accept a foul language but critical views and opinions viz. Norway will be blocked and you may also be barred from expressing your views.
“Several other ISPs in Norway have begun to use the system. The blacklist is maintained and distributed by Kripos. The ISP implements this blacklist in its Domain Name System (DNS) servers. The source states that user lookup of these blacklisted sites are recorded by the DNS server and made available to Kripos by the ISP.
This list is for “whole of site” censoring. It doesn’t address more granular individual page censoring techniques, which may also be being used. “The list is generated without judicial or public oversight and is kept secret by the ISPs using it. Unaccountability is intrinsic to such a secret censorship system.”
So Norway likes to control you: on trains, borders, buses, Internet, work, what you write and say, what and where you buy & sell, sophisticated speed cameras, banks & credit cards. All told you will be surprised the efforts they put into this sector.
We ask: what are they afraid of ?
Traveling in Norway.
The road network is limited. Many roads are closed during the Winter season, leaving flying as the only option.
There are 2 carriers in Norway:
SAS & Norwegian. The Norwegians do not really like SAS. They are of the opinion that SAS is run by too many Swedes & Danes. The Swedes have the share majority.
Some years back, there was a domestic carrier, Braathens S.A.F.E. ,but that did not work so well either and was gradually sold.
The airport train from Oslo airport to downtown cost USD 60 / round trip – a 20 minute trip.
If your intention is to live in Oslo, you will, during the winter season, have huge problems to park your car.
The winter service is dysfunctional, not yet developed, and in the major city centres you will find huge piles of snow. In some cases, up to several metres.
A hotel bed is easy to find. A good advise though is to read Expedia & TripAdvisor for travellers experiences, since the Service & Quality level varies a lot.
Outside the major cities you will have problems to properly feed yourself. There are truck stops, which will provide convenience food, sandwiches, sweets and drinks. That means analogue cheese, Mock meat, Thrombin ,a binding agent for meat that derives from pigs or bovine blood. It can be used to combine scrap meat into whole steaks which then can be sold at a higher price.
To visit a restaurant, will set you back quite a bit. I pizza costs about USD 40-60, and a beer, another USD 10 – 15.
Although Norwegian chefs, have won awards , the gastronomical tradition is next to none.
Subsequently, you can hardly find any restaurants with a good Price & Quality ratio. Either they are priced as a Guide Rouge establishment, but far away when it comes to the gastronomic performance or you have to accept the fastfood stuff.
Tourism & What to buy in Norway.
Norway is promoted with emphasize on its nature. So as a guest you are encouraged to hike & ski etc. Many European visitors bring their own food along, especially campers. The Norwegians do not really like that but a quick look at a fast food menu will give you an idea to why:
Hard Rock Cafè Oslo ( 2011 prices ):
Chicken wings: USD 27:- / Burger: USD 24:- / Ribs: USD. 33:-
Starting prices for hotels are USD 200:-.
Book a package deal back home and get all inclusive. For budget travellers, it is not easy. A well located camping site in Oslo – Bogstad, rents small cabins and that will set you back USD 178:- / night ( yep right it is ) in summer season
Sweaters are popular, maybe some smoked reindeer meat, a locally produced knife, a troll or a mug with the Norwegian flag on, pewter & wood carving. Some places market salmon skin products.
If you enjoy fishing, please note the 15 kg. export limit set by the Norwegian authorities.
Key issues include immigration & integration of ethnic minorities, maintaining the country’s extensive social safety net with an aging population, and preserving economic competitiveness.
Despite cold winters, surprisingly many african ladies and ladies from Eastern Europe, visit the major cities in Norway. You will find them around the railway stations and parks, marketing and selling their services.
Oslo has a major drug problem. Drugs are openly pushed on bypassers. At night one should avoid side streets and parks.
Watch this chocking short movie from Oslo 2011 showing the heroin problems. It is filmed downtown Oslo.
As in all major European cities, you will find organized crime: such as biker gangs, imported maffia gangs from all over the World.
The authorities knows about it but it does not act on it. As a matter of fact, it has already gone out of control. Whatever the authorities say, there is an increase in violence & crime, and ordinary people do not feel safe anymore.
If you are a women travelling to Norway or any other Nordic Country, this Amnesty study may be interesting to read: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/ACT77/001/2010/en
The situation is not however as bad as in neighbouring Sweden, which is now a worldwide renowned safe haven for the entire portfolio of criminals.
Summer + Weekend, is the best formula for visiting Norway. My personal favourite is the West Coast and part of the Southern. I would not visit Oslo. The Mountains are also beautiful ( when the Sun shines, not always in the Summer Season though).
In Summer, you may encounter loads of American tourists, leaving a cruise ship for a 2 hrs. sightseeing which really is ample time to cover all the major sights in Oslo.
Try instead to sit along a waterfront or on a mountain top, slowly sip your beer, suck a shrimp, and enjoy the splendid view of Mother Nature.
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Fjord. Mountains. Snow. Skiing. Amundsen. Nansen. Welfare system. a-ha. Avoid Oslo. Norwegian West Coast. You are entitled to full education while in prison. Bjornstjerne Bjornson. Grieg.
(1) . Do not believe everything you read.
(2) . No, that is a joke.
(3) . The meaning of the runes on top of this site, well, it is up to you to find out.