Category: Norway

After visiting a prison in Norway that treated prisoners humanely, a warden from North Dakota went back and reformed her prison based on Norway’s model. It later saw sharp decline in violence against inmates and threats against staff.

The Japanese never ate salmon sushi until the 1980s when a Norwegian businessman, hired by Norway’s government to offload excess salmon, made a deal with a Japanese company to sell the fish in its grocery stores, leading to its popularity today.

In 1985, a drunk student hijacked a Boeing airplane in Trondheim, Norway demanding to talk to the prime minister. He later surrendered in exchange for more beer.

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At Norway’s maximum-security Halden Prison, prisoners are paid 53 kroner ($9) per day to leave their cells, which are equipped with a video game console, mini-fridge, and a window with no bars. Guard stations are tiny and cramped to encourage them to interact with the prisoners.

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Due to high numbers in life expectancy, years of schooling in the population and a high gross national income per capita, Norway once again tops the list of the best countries in the world to live in.

Town of Rjukan, Norway receives no natural sunlight from September to March due to the steep mountains that surround it. They’ve installed large mirrors to reflect light into the town’s square. The mirrors track the sun’s path and move every 10 secs to create a 600m squared pool of light.

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More than 50% of all new cars in Norway are electric or hybrid. They aim to cut their CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030.

There was a tradition in Norway, Denmark, particularly on the Faroe Islands, where a girl would present her boyfriend a “willy warmer” (also known as cock sock) to see how seriously he took their relationship. If the gift was rejected, it was seen as evidence that he was not ready for marriage.

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In Norway, people use the word ‘texas’ as slang for ‘crazy.’ It doesn’t refer to a person, but rather a chaotic atmosphere- so, saying a party ‘was totally crazy,’ would be ‘det var helt texas,’ meaning ‘it was totally texas.’

In Norway, it takes 3 years of higher education at a university college to become a police officer. The course focuses on classroom theory for the first year, field training in the second, and an integration of theory and practice in the third.

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