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Culture

  • The greatest sources of influence on Norwegian culture have been Denmark followed by Sweden. Others include the Lutheran church and Germany during the Middle Ages, France during the 18th century, Germany again during the 19th century and the English-speaking world after World War II. Norway today enjoys a strongly adapted western culture.
  • Norway is also know for its painters such as Johan Christian Dahl, Harriet Backer, Edvard Munch and others.
  • Skiing, soccer and handball are most popular sports in Norway.
  • The Eiksund tunnel, 287 meters deep between Volda and Ulstein in western Norway, is the world's deepest underwater tunnel  of its kind.
  • Several Norwegian authors have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, namely Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson in 1903, Knut Hamsun in 1920 and Sigrid Undset in 1928 for Kristin Lavransdatter. Norwegian literature attained international acclaim in the 1990s with Jostein Gaarder's novel Sophie's world (Sofies verden) which was translated into 40 languages. Other noteworthy writers with an international profile include Erik Fosnes Hansen (Psalm at Journey's End) and Åsne Seierstad whose controversial work, The Bookseller of Kabul, was particularly successful in 2003.
  • Norway's culinary traditions show the influence of long seafaring and farming traditions with salmon (fresh and cured), herring (pickled or marinated), trout, codfish and other seafood balanced by cheeses, dairy products and excellent breads (predominantly dark/darker). Lefse is a common Norwegian potato flatbread, common around Christmas.
  • The original cheese slicer ("ostehøvel") was invented and patented by Bjørklund, a Norwegian carpenter,  in 1925.
  • Norwegians rejected EU membership twice in referendums, but the country have implemented more EU directives than any of the actual EU member states.
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