Norwegian language is closely related to other Scandinavian languages, including Danish and Icelandic. The culture of this Nordic country has been shaped by its history, the Viking Era, and the rule of Denmark and Sweden. Today, Norway has one of the best life quality indexes in the world – similarly to Denmark and Sweden.
Norwegian and Danish cultures have a lot in common. From the rich folk culture, architecture, art and the green/eco valued and ways of life to traditional food, the relationship between the two cultures is obvious.
Since Norwegians have always been people of the sea, starting back from the Viking Era, there is little wonder that Norwegian cuisine is based on fish, especially salmon, herring, trout, cod and other sea food – fresh or salted. Norwegians also love Smorebrod, open sandwiches on dark bread with fish, chesse, pickles etc. Other gamous Norwegian dishes include lutefisk, smalahove, pinnekjøtt, Krotekake, and Kompe.
Historically, Norwegian architecture, arts and crafts have been based on wood and woodwork, with iconic Norwegian buildings build of wood. Modern Norwegian architecture and interior design goes closely with Swedish and Danish design, clean and modern. Norwegians appreciate active lifestyle, and do lots of sports, especially in the warmer weather.