TasteAtlas has recently published their “World’s Best Cuisine” awards for 2022, and has scored Norwegian cuisine to be the worst ranked national cuisine of all the 95 participating countries!
The rank was made on the basis of user feedback, user ratings, professional food blogger’s and critiques feedback, and scores from a wide selection of dishes from each country in the world. Norway took the last place, just a tad lower than Moroccan, Latvian and Australian cuisines.
Norwegian cuisine is generally very bland for most people
Some people were surprised by this low ranking, but many were not. Norwegian cuisine mainly consists of mutton with a single vegetable (usually potato or carrot), and salt and peppers as the only spices.
I have heard from countless foreigners that Norwegian cuisine was one of the low points on their experiences from Norway, and even plenty of Norwegians agree that it’s not particularly good or interesting.
One of the big issues with Norwegian cuisine is that the country had little species, variety of vegetables and other types of meat available traditionally, since growing different crops in Norway has historically been very challenging.
This has lead to Norway’s national dish being “fårikål“, which means “mutton in cabbage”. The name tells you all the ingredients, and the only spice is pepper. In other words, boil mutton and pieces of cabbage together with grains of pepper, and serve it with a few boiled poatoes, and you’ve got yourself fårikål.
That said, there are many good restaurants in Norway, and some of these have made modern versions of the national cuisine which are absolutely worth checking out. There’s even a few of them that has gotten Michelin stars for their efforts, so it’s not all bad.
Italian, Greek and Spanish cuisine are ranked the best cuisines in the world
It should probably come as no surprise that the countries ranked to have the best cuisines are places like Italy, Greece and Spain, closely followed by Japan, India and Mexico. You can see the full list of all countries and their score over at TasteAtlas’s website, but you’ve got to scroll far down to find Norway on it.
They have also ranked the top 100 dishes in 2022 based on user feedback and professional food critiques rates, but there are no dishes from Norway on it at all.
What is your opinion on Norway’s cuisine? Is it as bad as TasteAtlas has ranked it to be, or does it deserve to be higher up on the list? Let us know your opinion in the comments below!
Nicklas is the owner and editor of The Norway Guide, and is responsible for most of the content on the website.
He lives in Skien, Norway with his wife and two children. Nicklas is specialized in Norwegian ecology (including Norway’s geology, wildlife and flora) from his degree in Ecology And Nature Management at University of South-Eastern Norway, but has a particular interest in tourism and content creation.
His biggest hobbies are fishkeeping, going on hikes with his dog, and rooting for the local football team.