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20 questions about Norway! I have thousands of questions about Norway, if you can answer any of them, I will love to see your answer! :) 1) What's the legal age in Norway to participate in an election/drive/buy alcoholic drinks? 2) Is there a Prime Minister in Norway? 3) Is abortion legal in Norway? 4) Are drugs legal in Norway? 5) Are there many non-working days in Norway? Which are they? 6) Who are the 5 most famous Norwegians alive and what are they famous for? 7) Which is the most populat footbal team in Norway? 8) What's the most populat sport in Norway? 9? How many hours a day do children spend at school in Norway? 10) What age do kids start and finish school in Norway? 11) Are there any extreme right wing parties in Norway? 12) What is the most important problem in the norwegian society? 13) Does Norway export any products? (blueberries, wool...) 14) What is the most popular TV programme in Norway? What type of programme is it? (soap opera, political debate's programme, quiz show) 15) Is there a norwegian/nordic social network? (like Brazilian's Orkut) 16) Is the average norwegian concerned about recycling? 17) Is it common for norwegians to have pets? Which kind of pets? (dogs, cats, fish, birds) 18) Is the car industry in Norway big(do most people in Norway have a car, or more than one car for a family)? Does Norway produce or import cars? 19) What is the most common type of crime in Norway? (mugging, kidnapping, murder) 20) What's something every Norwegian cannot live without? TUSEN TAKK! :)
Nov 6, 2012 5:02 PM
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1) The legal age in Norway for drinking/driving/voting is 18. The age limit for alcoholic drinks with 22% alcohol or more is 20 years old. 2) Yes. His name is Jens Stoltenberg 3) Yes. Abortion is legal, but not after the 12th week of pregnancy. Exceptions are made if serious illnesses or rape are involved. 4) Drugs are illegal. 5) Saturday and Sunday are non-school days and are also non-working days for a lot of people, but some people who work on these as well 8) Popular ones are soccer, handball, cross-country skiing and biathlon 9) Most schools in Norway start lessons at 8:30. In primary school and secondary school the children usually have classes until around 2 or 3. In the early years some end their school day at 12. For upper secondary school lessons can go on until 5. I would also like to add that from 1st to 4th grade we have this offer called SFO (Skolefritidsordning = School Free time offer), which is basically a kindergarten for young students to use after school. The SFO often has their own building or area at the school. 10) We start out in 1st grade the year we turn six. Mandatory education ends at 10th grade the year we turn 16. Most students go on to upper secondary school afterwards which is three to four years of education. All of these are free for all, unless you choose to go to a private school. 13) Lots a’ oil, gas and salmon! 17) Pets are pretty common in Norway. Cats, dogs, fish, birds and all kinds of rodents
November 8, 2012
15) Not really. We mostly use Facebook and other international network sites. 16) Probably a bit more than say the average American, but not terribly. The capital has put in place a huge programme for recycling, and most people sort their waste when they get a flyer telling them that the waste sorting program has come to their neighborhood, but we're in no way great when it comes to recycling. 17) It's very common. Cats and dogs are the two most common ones, but fish and birds are quite common as well. 18) We don't make cars. Well, some have tried, but it's hard with the high wages and high taxes (which are especially high on cars). We have fewer cars per family than for example the US, and we usually walk if something is within walking distance, but most families will have a car. Young people living in major cities, however, will almost never have one. 19) Hard to say. Probably mugging and narcotics. Mugging is more common in the capital than elsewhere, as the most burdened tend to move to the capital to be more anonymous. There has been a lot of focus on rapes in the last year or so, but the figures are still quite low (which is still too high, but you get the point). When it comes to murder, there are about 30 pr. year. The exception was 2011, when there was a terrorist attack killing 77 people in one day. The homicide count is 0.6 per 100 000 citizens, compared to 0.4 in Japan, 1.2 in the UK, 4.8 in the US and 91.6 in Honduras. In other words: Low. 20) Good question. For me it's football and skiing. And also our traditional Christmas meals. I eat something called pinnekjøtt, which is eaten by about 30% of Norwegains on Christmas Eve, while about 50% eat a thing called ribbe. I hope I could help you. And feel free to ask me if you have any more questions :-)
July 15, 2013
8) Football is extremely popular. In fact, only the Netherlands comes close to Norway when it comes to percentage of the population playing organized football. Handball is gaining traction, and of course the winter sports are popular. Actually, Norway is no. 1 on the overall historical medal table for the Winter Olympics, despite having only 5 million inhabitants. I'm not trying to brag, but it does give you a perspective of the importance of winter sports here. 9) Nadia has given a great answer. 10) Correct again. 11) There are a few tiny ones, as in any democracy, but they have struggled to gain any sort of support. The two extreme right-wing parties that took part in the last parliamentary elections back in 2009 both received less than 200 (!) votes. They have since folded. 12) I'm not really sure. I'd say it might be the people taking advantage of the generous social system, but that's not really a huge deal either, it's more of a "stop it now or it might escalate" thing. The bureaucracy can be unbearable, though, probably because we're so content we haven't bothered with being effective, although that's a structural issue more than a social one. 13) Oil and gas. Norway has about as much oil and natural gas as the EU, and about 1% as many people. We've been extremely lucky. There is also quite a lot of fishing and some high-tech industries. Just as a sort of trivia thing: The huge machines pumping our oil abroad run on renewable energy (hydroelectricity) instead of oil. Imagine that :-) 14) We have a thing called "Gullrekka" on TV on Fridays. One musical game show, one comedy news show (a "Have I got news for you?"-style show) and a talk-show that is also sent in Sweden. The middle one, the comedy one, is probably the most popular, but all three have very high viewership. In addition, sports on TV are immensely popular, and so are some talent shows.
July 15, 2013
I realize that this question is quite old, but I hope you'll see it anyway. Nadia has already given you a good answer, but being a Norwegian born and raised, I figured I'd answer as well. It's going to be very long, so I'll put the rest in the comments section or something: 1) Just what Nadia said. 2) What Nadia said. He represents the Labour Party, which governs in a coalition with the Centre Party (agrarian party) and Socialist Left Party. They are likely to lose power this coming September. 3) Abortion is legal for any reason until the 12th week. Exceptions are made in the following cases: Danger to the mother, a great danger of grave illness (in the child), that the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest or, lastly; if the mother is mentally challenged or has a serious mental illness. Most abortions are performed before the 12th week. 4) Drugs are illegal, just as Nadia says. Tobacco and alcohol is legal and regulated, and we (along with the Swedes and a few others) also have a thing called "snus", a kind of tobacco that is placed under the upper lip. There is a growing movement advocating legalisation of marijuana, but it's not likely to happen anytime soon. 5) Nadia is right. If you were talking about holidays, we're pretty much like other semi-Christian countries: Time off during Easter, Christmas and so on. 6) Hard to say. Magnus Carlsen, the chess world no. 1, is quite famous. So is a few of our football (soccer) players, like Ole Gunnar Solskjær. If you include those not alive anymore, I'd say that Henrik Ibsen, Edvard Grieg, Edvard Munch and Leiv Eiriksson might be well-known, although it depends on where in the world you are from. 7) The most successful is probably Rosenborg Ballklub, and they also have the highest attendance figures. Molde FK has won the league two times in a row now. Historically it could be Lyn, who have the national attendance record and were quite successful in the 60's, almost ousting Barcelona in the European Cup.
July 15, 2013
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