Norway’s National Dish Explained

Homemade fårikål, Norway's national dish

Norway is home to many unique dishes, and many of them are clearly affected by a region with little access to species and different types of meat. Some of the Norwegian dishes include Norwegian meatballs, sodd, lapskaus, and Christmas food like pinnekjøtt and ribbe (pork ribs). But which dish is considered Norway’s national dish, and … Read more

What Norwegians Call Christmas

Røros in winter with Christmas decorations. Photo by Henrik Dvergsdal / CC BY-SA 3.0.

Christmas is the most important holiday celebration in Norway, and has a huge cultural importance for the Norwegian people. But what do Norwegians even call Christmas in Norwegian? The Norwegian word for Christmas is jul. This word originates from the word for jol, the ancient Norse celebration (called Yule in English). We Norwegians still refer … Read more

Julebord: A Look At Norway’s Pre-Christmas Parties

Ribbe is a popular Christmas dish in Norway. Photo by Lars Røed Hansen / CC BY-SA 2.5.

Norway has many unique Christmas traditions that you simply won’t find anywhere else in the world, and one of these are what we call julebord. Julebord, which can be translated to “Christmas table” is a classic Norwegian holiday tradition where groups (typically all employees at a workplace) go out to eat Christmas food and drink … Read more

Do Norwegians Celebrate Thanksgiving? All You Need To Know!

Thanksgiving is one of the biggest holidays in the United States, but it’s also celebrated in many other countries around the world. But do Norwegians celebrate Thanksgiving? Norwegians do not celebrate Thanksgiving, and there has never been any interest in adapting this holiday here in Norway. However, many Norwegian-descended Americans celebrate Thanksgiving in the United … Read more

Norwegian Taco Friday Explained (Why Norwegians Love Taco!)


If you’re going to be guessing what a random Norwegian family has for dinner on Friday night, the most likely answer is taco! We Norwegians love our Friday taco, called fredagstaco in Norwegian. This cultural phenomenon has garnered nationwide popularity, and practically everyone eats tacos on Fridays in Norway. So, what’s eating the Norwegain Friday … Read more