The ancient motherland of Vikings, beautiful Norway abounds not only in natural wonders and picturesque scenery but also in unique culture and numerous traditions, customs and beliefs that are of particular touristic interest. So let’s find out a bit more about Norway culture and some basics of Norway lifestyle and its traditions.
Quick overview of Norwegian traditions
What are Norwegian people like?
Basically, Norwegian society is quite a hard-working domestic folk, that’s why noisy mass festivities are a rare phenomenon in the country. Instead, the population of Norway tends to spend more time outdoors and be engaged in all kinds of winter sports and camping with the whole family.
Traditional costumes VS Modern Norwegian clothing
If we could get a couple of centuries back in time, we would see Norwegians wearing a national costume of Norway called ‘bunad’. Traditionally, this closing signified the region people came from that’s why there were almost 200 variations of this rural costume. Today, Norwegians wear ‘bunad’ only for some fancy folk celebrations, like Constitution Day in Norway.
As for the contemporary style of closing, Norwegian people have quite a simple approach to what they wear. The main focus is on comfort that’s why Norwegians give preference to casual clothes, avoiding loud colors.
The dominant religion of Norway
Lutheran religion is the predominant one on the territory of the country. However, Norwegians are tolerant to any other religions as well. The direct proof of this is the largest mosque in Scandinavia, built in Oslo.
In general, people in Norway don’t like to highlight their religious beliefs but on the New Year eve, the majority of Norwegian families attend the church in order to get a blessing for the next year.
Norwegian wedding traditions
Wedding customs in Norway are rooted in the traditions of the past. Once upon a time all the guests got to the bride's place on narrow boats decorated with fancy ribbons and flowers. Modern Norwegians keep this ancient custom with pleasure, organizing beautiful photo sessions during the boat walk. Moreover, the porridge, cooked by the bride on the wedding day is still an essential dish of any wedding table.
Legends and folklore of Norway
If you want to get a deeper insight into the history of the country, you need to turn to the roots - to the folk culture and those beliefs that appeared in ancient times and continue to live until now. Norwegian folklore is based on stories about trolls, elves and other non-human supernatural creatures. Viking legends are an inseparable part of Norwegian heritage as well. Do you know that one of the stories even inspired Tolkien to write the world famous bestseller ‘Lord of the Rings’?