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Here is where you should add your selection and explanation of one object or person which you think best represents Norway. You should have a picture of your choice, plus an explanation of 200 words of why you have chosen it.


Ahmad - Rosenborg football kubb external image l5.jpg I think Rosenborg represent Norway best because they have been in UEFA champion legue. They also were in final in the UEFA and have beaten many clubs in whole Europe. That klubb is in Trondheim and is aso top team in Norway who has a good progress and focus. They are a very sucessful team who has played against most top teams in the Europe and I choose them because when people from whole Europe see how good they are, the probably think that Norwegian people can play football and getting suprised how progressive and cool country Norway is. Then they get so fasinated of their game that they start travel to Norway or try to find a background and I choose something special not Oil etc. because I think its not all about the power, its more about popularity like RBK is in Europe. Sarina

Harald Hårfagre - The legendary king of Norway

According to Snorre Sturlason - an old Norwegian writer that lived during the 1100-1200s - Harald Hårfagre was a legendary king of Norway. He is known for the man who wouldn't cut his hair until he had all the little pieces of Norway collected underneath his command as a king. He fought a lot of battles an managed at the end the quest that he had made for himself. The little islands that takes place outside the midlands in west did also get defeated by him together with what we call today Värmland in Sweden.

The story says that it all started with a girl that he had fallen in love with but who wouldn't choose him because she thought he didn't have enough power to win her heart. One day - according to Sturlason - she asked him why he hadn't taken over all of Norway by then. He did not at all get offended by the quest but started right away with what the lady had asked for and with that he decided he would not cut his hair until he ruled over all of Norway.

I think that he was really important for Norway because he was the first real king of Norway and that managed to get Norway together to one piece which one man could rule. Before he did what he did Norway had a lot of small kings ruling over small areas. They all got defeated by Harald Hårfagre - the man with growing hair!


Ghazal

Norway's oil industry.

From my point of view, the oil industry in Norway represents it very well. For about 40 years ago Norway was a poor country with little crops and money. But in 1969 when the gas and oil deposits were found, Norway changed. The oil industy has made Norway a wealthy country, and oil is still being mined today. They are also building a reserve supply of oil, so they have money in case they run out for oil sometime in the future.

Oil is of course not a important thing to have, when it comes to tourists and travellers, but we shouldn't forget that it's the oil that made Norway rich, and so they could build a good and solid civilisation and fill the landscape with different activities and places to visit for tourists.

Not to mention, the oil industry has also provided lots of job positions for people, and we now have a international business where many foreigns are hired.

As a conclusion, without the oil industry Norway would not have been as wealthy and civilized as they now are. The oil industry has made a big impression on Norway and its relationship to other countries.




Bruno Buciuto
Norway- The Fishing Country

I think the fishing industry is what represents Norway the best since it is something they have mastered since the stone age. Fish is also one of Norway's biggest exports, it is one of their top three exports. Norway is also on a very good location for fishing, since it is mostly boarded by sea, and has many fjords,lakes and rivers.
Since fishing is such a big industry in Norway it also supplies many jobs to the Norwegian people, including, Fishing, Selling, Delivering and Export. Fishing is also something which is very traditional in Norway and usually you learn how to fish at a young age, since it is a skill that is passed down in the family.
Fishing is not only a industry, the are many who fish as a hobby in the many lakes and rivers scattered across the country. There are also many hobby fishing organisations like TJFF (Trondheims Jeger og FiskeForening), it is a place where hobby fishers meet and organise fishing trips. A fishing trip can be a week or a weekend spent next to a lake or river fishing. This is a social time spent in the wild and is all in all a very good representation of the Norwegian life style and heritage.

George Hitchman
What do I think represents Norway?
The Oil Industry

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I personally think that the oil industry represents Norway, without it, Norway would definitely not be what it is today. Just over 40 years ago, Norway was a fairly poor country with little wealth but in 1969, oil and gas deposits were located. This stroke of luck increased Norway’s wealth and so it is still being mined today. It’s a big business for Norway and has made Norway a more enjoyable holiday location.

I realise that the beautiful landscapes and vast blue fjords don’t need money and most people come for those things but having that extra money has helped Norway to build a civilisation with various attractions and activities for everyone to enjoy. Norway is also building up a reserve supply of oil for when it runs out so they will have enough money to last them for the future.

The oil industry has not only provided Norway with an underwater gold mine but has also created job positions for many people, now; Norway has an international business as many foreign people ‘work on the rigs’.

To summarize, the oil industry represents Norway as it has made Norway what it is today, when you mention Norway, you think of the oil industry and without the oil industry, Norway would probably be poor and old fashioned.


Hallvard Copyright =P

The object which represents Norway bestHaraldshaugen
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Haraldshaugen
is really the object which represents Norway best. Haraldshaugen is a monument in memory of when Harald Hårfagere collected Norway into one united country. This monument in other words represents the start of Norway going from small king domes ruled by tribal leaders to becoming to a whole country, a country which was controlled by one king which we still have, a country controlled by one law which Norway still have and Norway untied into one country which Norway still is. This monument can be seen as a memory of the start of Norway even it in reality was build in 1872 as the thousand year memorial of Norway being one kingdom. Also thinking about it this memorial shows the pride of Norway, since we became one nation we have been in unions with Sweden and Denmark and Germany had control over us in second world war, but the Norwegian people never gave up fighting for again being a free united nation out any other law then their own and out any other king then their own. So in conclusion this monument represents a free Norway with a own law, a own king and being a united nation, not hundred small tribes.


Marie

This is what I think represents Norway the best ( I don't know if you'd call it a object, but it's definitely a thing, 'cause it's a noun).
FJORDS (Geirangerfjord pictured)
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I think fjords best represent Norway, them being one of the main things that attract people to Norway. They are very beautiful but in a majestic, untouched way, all natural. They are pleasing to the eye but not only that; they have rich nature and resources surrounding them, and they created the Norwegian landscape as it is today. When people think of "fjords", many people will also think of "Norway", as Norway is very famous for having such wonderful and numerous fjords. Fjord-watching is a crucial part of Norwegian tourism and therefore the Norwegian economy, and also the image of Norway being such a naturally beautiful country. Unlike the ruins of the Roman Empire in Rome or the Eiffel Tower, the fjords have been created naturally and are yet just as magnificent as these two. I think this is just like how Norway is as a country:lush with nature, rich in resources, beneficial, beautiful, cold and genuine. They also provide work for hundreds of Norwegians who have jobs in the cruise-line and tourism industry, and the freshwater ones also provide water necessary for our lives. Fjords are what comes to mind when someone thinks of Norway, and they project a positive image of Norway and draws people to visit this land. We can benefit from fjords economically and spiritually (by visiting them), and what can be better?
So in conclusion, fjords represent Norway best because they're pleasing to the eye in a natural way and beneficial to others, just like how Norway is itself.


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What do I think represents Norway the best?
The traditions.

Norwegians can get VERY excited about traditions. This is something that is shown the best at christmas times. Times may change but traditions will always stay the same (well... kind of). The traditions that change the least are the traditions that involve food. Norway has many dishes that can be totally gross or really delicious, it's all from a point of perspective. Let's take for example = Smalahove.
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Extremely gross for some, delicious for others. But that dish has been in Norway for a long long time.
Then there are the more recent additions to the traditions like, the Russ which is the tradition of the avgangselever to get a chance to just relax and party and be teenagers before school ends. external image RusseLue.JPG

Then there is of course the tradition of the Bunad! These tradtional clothings vary a lot from place to place in Norway. There is the Kystdrakt and the Trønderbunad and many more! These clothings are really expensive so you usually buy one of good quality so that you can keep it for a while. Bunads are decorated with silver and can be bought or made by a family member or passed down.
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So in conclusion I would say that in my opinion the traditions are what makes Norwegians Norwegians and Norway Norway.

Patrick:

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What I think best represents Norway – An oil platform

I think an oil platform best represents present day Norway because the country owes most of its fortune and status to the oil and natural gas industries. Norway is today ranked as one of the wealthiest countries in the world, and about a quarter of its GDP (Gross domestic product/income) derives from its huge oil and gas reserves. As a result, the Norwegian population is used to a very high standard of living – they earn and spend a lot of money.

But these reserves will not last forever. Norway is investing a lot of its wealth in the future – in 2010 the oil fond rose to 2 640 billion Norwegian kroner (or about 450 billion US dollars) – but some of those investments were lost during the recent economic crisis. And only about 3 to 4% the land in Norway is arable – which means the country is very reliant on imports for its food. Norway has a long and narrow coastline, and traditionally that means fishing has been a very big part of its food and exports – but fish stocks are diminishing. Will Norway cope with being an average nation in the future, or will it adapt and find new ways of making money?


Kevin
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When someone asks me what I think best represents the Norway I would say the oil industry.
Since the oil was the only reason that made Norway into "something" from land with mountains and trolls I think it is
the most important "object" in this country.
They made the country rich and made them selves famous with a title saying "one of the most richest country in the world".
They also gave alot of jobs to people. And now they are so rich that they can help other countries which is also good.
But the scientists estimates that the oil will eventually run out in less than 100 years. But I think the norwegians will have gathered enough money by that time to find a new way for money making.



Axel - Who I best think represents Norway

Thor Heyerdahl
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I think Thor Heyerdahl represents Norway best because he shows the Norwegian will to explore, and also because he is probably the most famous Norwegian ever. Thor Heyerdahl is most famous for his Kon-Tiki expedition when he sailed using a raft from South America to the Tuamotu islands, thereby proving Indians could have done the same journey many centuries ago. The voyage was called "The Kon-Tiki expedition" because that was the name of his raft. Thor Heyerdahl also built and sailed "proper" boats during his other trips, he made (though not by himself) and traveled in boats such as Ra and Ra II. Other places he traveled to include Rapa Nui, Azerbaijan, and many, many other exotic places. I think that he was really the one who put Norway on the map, and his will to explore in a way shows that the Viking spirit has sort of stayed in the "Norwegian blood". He was one of the last great explorers of the world, nowadays there aren't really any great explorers because everything has been traveled to and seen hundreds of times in hundreds of different ways, which is quite unfortunate in a way.





Isabella

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Skis
What I think best represents Norway are the skis. Few countries are as dedicated to skiing as Norway is, and the Holmenkollen Ski Museum in Oslo holds information about 4000 years of skiing history in Norway, which shows how important skiing has been for Norwegians well before the Vikings. Skiing has been generously carried forth through countless generations.

There are different types of activities involving skis. A few of these are ski jumping, cross-country skiing, and alpine skiing. The preference for each activity varies from person to person, though many people practice more than once type of skiing.

During the Easter, a high percentage of the country retract to the numerous ski lodges in the mountains during the Easter for the purpose of skiing. As well as skiing being an entertaining activity for the entire family, from young kids to elderly citizens, there are people who do it for a living. Marit Bjørgen is a famous skier who has participated in countless skiing championships, winning quite a few of them, and yet she is no older than 30.

There is an old saying stating that Norwegians are born with skis, and due to Norwegians having such a passion for skis like no other country, maybe it isn't so far off the truth after all.

SKIING : JESSICA

Norway and Norwegians are often associated with skis. If someone asks you where you
are from - and your answer is Norway - the picture of skis will pop up in their heads immediately. There is a saying that goes like this, "Norwegians are born with skis on". This is a stereotype, and suggests that all norwegians are good at skiing. This of course is not true. To be quite honest, I must admit that my skiing skills are limited. I fall very easily to put it that way. But since there is a lot of snow here, and most people visit in winter for skiing, therefore I feel that skiing represents Norway the best. This really annoys me,due to the fact that I am not any good at it, and will never have the patient nor the will to even try being good. And after taking a skiing trip, it is very common to take a slice of bread with brown cheese. The skis were invented about 5000 years ago, skis were used by scandinavian farmers, hunters and warriors during the middle Ages. There are several types of skiing, but the one where you use long thin skis and ski poles, is the one are associated with. A great thing about plenty of snow in Norway is that our skiing team is really good!
PETTER NORTHUG <3

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John Christian




A culture or country is best described by it's language, it's litterature, it's scenery, it's traditions, and it's music. Edvard Grieg was, and remains until today, Norway's most beloved composer, alongside Harald Sæverud, and his musical artwork represent our nation in all it's wondrous splendour. Every bar, every note, paint the snow-covered mountains, the green fields and the fjords, which so dearly describes our Norway with astounding and breathtaking vividness. Though Grieg would not represent the modern Norway in which we live in today, as well as many others, he represents the traditional Norwegian culture in which our modern country has it's roots, and he represents the art of music which belongs in each and every culture, and which inevitably is timeless.
Already at the age of fifteen, Grieg's musical talent was noticed by the Norwegian violinist, Ole Bull, and since, he wrote a symphony, a piano sonata, several short pieces for piano and a cello sonata, but his most recognised works were his Piano Concerto and the incidental music which he wrote for Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt, both of which represent Norwegian culture today. It simply wouldn't be right to describe our country without mentioning the Norwegian patriot and composer, Edvard Grieg.

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Ada:

OSTEHØVELEN
Thor Bjørklund was a Norwegian man from Lillehammer, born in 1889 and died in 1975. This was a man who always got annoyed when the cheese slices never became perfect when they were cut with a knife or any other tools. He finally invented the ostehøvel or cheeseslicer.
The invention of the cheese slicer was registrated on the 27th of february in 1925, which consisted of four parts, the blade with an egg, a middlepart, pin and a shaft.
Thor Bjørklund started his production of "ostehøvler" in Lillehammer in 1927. After different trials and competition, "Thor Bjørklund og sønner AS" is still the leading factory of the Ostehøvel after more than 80 years of production.

The product has changed throughout the years, but the starting patient is still the same as before. The product was made so that it could easily be changed to customise a different type of cheese.One can find the Osteøvel in various examples, mykosthøvler (soft cheese slicer), osterasper (cheesegrater), ostekniver (cheese knifes) and other serving pieces.
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Since the beginning of 1925, the company has made over 50 million Ostehøveler, and in the beginning of the production years, they used up to one hour per ostehøvel.
This product has been in over 80 years a symbol of Norwegian culture.

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Tine milk
For many people Norway signifies oil brigs, fish exportation and the 17th May. However, when I think of Norway external image Soelv-til-Dinamo-Design-for-Tine-Melk.jpga completely different object comes to mind – Tine milk. For me Tine milk represents everything I love about Norway: the beautiful environment, the fjords, the quaint cities and the general freedom. I especially think this represents Norway because it was what I would look forward to the most when going to Norway for the summer and winter holidays – I despised Spanish milk, so it became typical for me to drink a lot of Norwegian milk instead.
As for it being Tine, there is no special reason other than it being the brand we usually buy, and because the carton’s design has ‘nisser’ on it during the Christmas season. Therefore, Tine melk also represents Norway well because it reminds me of a traditional Norwegian Christmas!
The third and final reason for me choosing Tine milk is because it reminds me of Norway’s winter sports. One of the new ideas which Tine has incorporated onto their cartons is the inclusion of facts about various ski-professionals, such as Marit Bjørgen and Petter Northug. Therefore we also remember how important winter sports are in Norway, and of the weekends in early winter when some of us go up to our cottages to go skiing in the newly fallen snow. All in all Tine milk is an excellent representation of Norway, as it incorporates a wide range of activities and aspects which are associated with Norway.


Julie