Easy ways to learn about Norwegian culture

Easy and entertaining ways to start learning social codes and cultural references.

Visit the museums

Norsk Folkemuseum 

The largest museum of cultural history in Norway. It is an open-air museum that presents how people lived in Norway from 1500 to the present. It has 160 buildings collected from all around the country to represent different regions, time periodes and social classes. 

Go to Norsk Folkemuseum for more information

Akershus Fortress

A fortress with a medieval castle that was build to protect and provide a royal residence. It is believed that construction started taking place around the late 1290s. When visiting the fortress you can learn about the history of The city of Oslo, as well as the history of Denmark-Norway. It is also the Royal Mausoleum and is the final resting place of a number of Norwegian royal figures.

Go to Akershus Fortress for more information

Watch Norwegian movies and TV series

The entertainment industry reflects the society it originates in. Watching films, documentaries and TV-series widen your cultural understanding and gives you common reference points. Ask people for recommendations for Norwegian productions and use Norwegian subtitles for extra language practice.

The Norwegian Film Institute has a database over Norwegian films and TV series

NRK TV

NRK TV is free and publicly funded. They have several channels: NRK 1, NRK 2, NRK 3 and NRK Super for children. You get access through regular TV or through their app. You might find these programmes interesting when you have learned enough Norwegian, as NRK only publishes with Norwegian subtitles:

  • Sånn er Norge (This is Norway) - a n entertaining documentary series about Norwegian self-perception
  • Norge rundt (Around Norway) - a long running documentary series with local stories from around the country
  • Der ingen skulle tru at nokon kunne bu (Where noone would believe that people live) - a long running documentary series about people living in odd places in Norway

Go to NRK TV

Go to the NRK archive on their web site or in the app to see both older and recent Norwegian TV shows and movies. 

Read or listen to books

Find books and blogs about Norwegian culture and society. You will also be able to find many podcasts and audiobooks. Popular commercial apps to listen to audiobooks are Storytel and Fabel.

Deichman – the public library

There are many local libraries in Oslo. They have books, films, music, newspapers, magazines and internet access. They also organise talks, homework help, language cafés and other events.

Go to Deichman for a full view of their offer (mainly in Norwegian)

Stories from Oslo

Popular litterature where the story is set in Oslo. 

Entertaining books about Norwegian and Nordic culture

Facts and numbers about Norway

For general information:

Read interesting in depth articles

  • Info Norden at Norden.org – practical information about the Nordic countries, filtered by Norway
  • Nordics.info - articles contributed by the University of Oslo (UiO) and 5 other Nordic universities.