Norway Today

We love Norwegian History, traditional Norwegian Crafts and the great Norwegian literary, artistic , and intellectual tradition. However, Norway is not a museum. It is on the cutting edge of political, artistic, and social changes. This portion of the Website is devoted to understanding and evaluating these changes.

Lorelou Desjardins is The Frog in the Fjord. Born in the South of France, she has been living in Oslo since 2010. She created the blog “about all these new realities foreigners like me face when trying to adapt to a new culture, language, country and most of all to new people. In this case, trying to understand the Norwegian culture and blending in (or trying hard).”

“This channel contains over 30 fun video lessons intended to teach you the fundamentals of the Norwegian language. It's mostly vocabulary, plus some grammar and phrases. Each video contains at least one unique animation. Occasional tests and quizzes will ensure that you aren't forgetting what you're learning” The lessons are enjoyable even if you are not studying the language.

The Bell in the Lake: A Novel Hardcover –

by Lars Mytting (Author), Deborah Dawkin (Translator)

As long as people could remember, the stave church’s bells had rung over the isolated village of Butangen, Norway. Cast in memory of conjoined twins, the bells are said to ring on their own in times of danger. In 1879, young pastor Kai Schweigaard moves to the village, where young Astrid Hekne yearns for a modern life. She sees a way out on the arm of the new pastor, who needs a tie to the community to cull favor for his plan for the old stave church, with its pagan deity effigies and supernatural bells. When the pastor makes a deal that brings an outsider, a sophisticated German architect, into their world, the village and Astrid are caught between past and future, as dark forces come into play.

Lars Mytting, bestselling author of Norwegian Wood, brings his deep knowledge of history, carpentry, fishing, and stave churches to this compelling historical novel, an international bestseller sold in 12 countries. With its broad-canvas narrative about the intersection of religion, superstition, and duty, The Bell in the Lake is an irresistible story of ancient times and modern challenges, by a powerful international voice.