Mostly people want to know WHY SWEDISH?
Why would a woman of Norwegian descent opt to learn Swedish instead of Norwegian?
That is an excellent question.
The answer is pretty simple:
Because Rosetta Stone doesn’t offer a class in learning Norwegian but THEY SURE DO IN SWEDISH.
And so, I’m learning Swedish.
Close enough for government work, as they say.
I did however take a moment to consider joining the Daughters of Norway.
Ultimately, I decided that now isn’t the right time.
I’m working on embracing diversity and equality more in my life and the DoN represent a pretty slim selection of what is out there.
Though don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate that they’re an organization of women maintaining their heritage and culture in a country which doesn’t necessarily embrace diversity.
So here are some little knows facts about Norway:
- The cheese slicer was invented in Norway, though cheese is often bought pre-sliced (something I remember from my trip to Sweden).
- The longest tunnel is in Norway. It is 15 miles long and cost $113 million to build.
- Unlike most Nobel Prize awards, the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in Norway, not Sweden.
- Some Norwegians live in Hell. Literally. It’s the name of a city in Norway with about a thousand inhabitants.
- In Norway, the last time a police officer shot and killed somebody was in 2006. [LINK]
If that isn’t enough to make you love Norway, then I’m at a loss.