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Snapshot of Norway – Norwegian is the official language of Norway, though much of the population is also able to speak English as a second language. About 77% of the population belongs to the Church of Norway, though very few attend church on a weekly basis. Atheism and irreligion have continued to increase in the country. Traditional Norwegian farm culture continues to have some influence on modern life. The start of midsummer’s day is marked with large celebratory bonfires. Wooden buildings are common, and folk music (such as fiddling) continues to enjoy popularity. However, many modern influences are also present, and as seen in the wide variety of popular music that includes pop, rock, country, and heavy metal. Winter sports such as cross-country skiing and the biathlon are quite popular in Norway, though soccer is also very popular. Hiking and other outdoor activities are also popular. One of the most popular dishes in Norway is smoked salmon, though other fish and seafood dishes are also commonly eaten. Other popular dishes include sodd (a soup-like dish containing mutton, meatballs, potatoes, and carrots) and rakfish, a dish using raw, fermented fish meat. Game meat such as elk and reindeer is also eaten in Norway. Various types of bread also form a large staple of the Norwegian diet. More global foods such as Americanized pizza and pasta can also be found in Norway.
*Svalbard and Jan Mayen are sparsely-populated areas belonging to the Norway Mission, however there is no mission presence in these areas at this time*
**Did you serve in the Norway Oslo Mission? If so we would love to hear your advice and your stories! Please contact us at email@example.com**
*What items were hard to get or not available?
Quality US brand deodorant, Cheddar cheese is completely no available, most American grocery products only available within the big cities.
*What did you eat the most of?
Baked breads and rolls, cheeses, potatoes, fish
What is the craziest thing you ate?
Stewed fish, “Ribbe,” crunchy pig skin and fat
*What was most surprising about the culture?
The country is very international. People may seemed closed off on the outside but once you get to know them well you will discover how generous and friendly they are.
*What advice would you give to someone going to the this Mission?
The thing that got most Norwegians to desire to change was to see people in their community righteously living the gospel. Get non-members and inactive people involved in the church community and with the ward membership. The job of the missionaries is to teach and the job of the members is to fellowship. This is especially true in Norway.
*What do you wish you had known before you served?