I spent 5 days staying with my Norwegian friend and her family in Stavanger, Norway this New Year. Here’s what I learnt:
1. They all work in oil. Norway produces it’s own electricity from dams and sells their oil; people seem rather proud of this fact. Never in my life have I had so many conversations about oil.
3. They get their post at the end of the road in a mass post box rather than through their door. I wonder if they miss the sound of the post landing on the mat.
4. They are all fluent in English. After conducting a mini experiment in the toilet I can confirm that 100% of people tested spoke to me in perfect English, even using words such as ‘mucky’. Moscow has got a loooong way to go.
5. They drive slowly… The target for road accidents is zero; the speed limits are low and the speed bumps aka “farts dumper” are frequent.
7. It’s quiet. There are only 5 million people in the whole country. I currently live in a city of 12 million!