The Good, the Bad, and the (sometimes) Ugly

A foreigner’s experiences of the Norwegian way of life.

Welcome to my blog. First of all, let me explain why I have called itThe Good, the Bad, and the (sometimes) Ugly of living in Norway.

I first came to Norway 17 years ago. I have come to know this country quite well over the course of the years. There are some things I love about Norway, and others where I see room for improvement. In my blog, I hope to share my thoughts (and other people´s too) on what makes Norway such a great place to live in, as well as what would make this country an EVEN BETTER place to live in.

My wife said the words “Come to Norway, I will make you happy” when she persuaded me to leave my family and friends in the UK and move back with her to Norway.

It was a brave move of me, as well as a huge leap of faith, and ever since then I have negotiated and navigated my way through Norwegian life, looking for that “Norwegian happiness”.

I believe I have found it in many areas of my life, something which has been confirmed by The United Nations no fewer than 9 times since 2001 in their “Best Country to Live in” index. There are many things in Norway that indeed have made me very happy and grateful. I would like to share these with you, and my experiences of them too.

At the same time, there are certain things that could do with improvement and a new non-Norwegian perspective, perhaps even a “skråblikk”, as the Norwegians call it, which means “slanted view” or “view from a new angle”.

In other words, I would like to investigate and challenge those famous words spoken in 1995 – “Come to Norway, I will make you happy”.

My first blog post is called “Be hungry!”.

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