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I’,m afraid you’re going to have to wait a while for the midnight sun. I didn’t realise that this was a created playlist. Make yourself a cup of coffee, loosen your tie and prepare for a round trip of Europe 😉

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Norway

From the 33rd edition of “XXth Century Health And Pleasure Resorts Of Europe” published in 1933

bok_front_small_thumb[1]_thumbGOVERNMENT – A constitutional monarchy. The King acts through his Council of State, who are nominated by him. This Council in reality depends on the popular Assembly. The Storting (15O members) is elected every 3 years by universal suffrage of both sexes over 23 on the principle of proportional representation, The Storting elect a quarter of their number who constitute the Lagsting, the remaining three-quarters forming the Odelsting. All legislation is proposed by the Odelsting, and, if accepted, is sent to the Lagsting, which either rejects or approves. In case of repeated rejection by the Lagsting the two Houses meet in joint sitting as the Storting, where a two-thirds majority is required to pass a Bill.

HEAD OF STATE: King Haakon VII.
Area: 323,793 km2.
Capital: Oslo. Population over 250 thousand.
Currency: Kroner and øre. 1kr = 100 øre.
Language: Norwegian.
Population: 2 ½ to 3 million.
Density: 9 per km2.
Weights and Measures: Decimal.

"TOURIST" NORWAY

Nowhere in the World can the traveller find greater restfulness (without comparative isolation) than in Norway, always provided that he avoids the tourist centres during their busy season, viz. from the middle of June to the end of August. Even then, real tranquillity can always be obtained by slightly diverging from the regular tourist track and by avoiding the Midnight Sun Mania. A sojourn at any time in one of the out-of-the-way Fjord-Resorts or Inland Hotels is perhaps the most restful and inexpensive of all holidays to be had within easy reach of England.

The unique mixture of land and water caused by the beautiful fjords penetrating in every direction into the very heart of the country, prevents much railway work, so that nearly all travelling is done by water. The regular Norwegian steamers are quieter than the large foreign boats and are very comfortable, the smaller ones being specially recommended, as they alone ‘skirt the coast through the narrow passages and smooth water, where larger vessels cannot go. This inner coast and fjord scenery is unlike that in any other country and offers a variety that never palls. During the Summer months car services connect the more important Fjord termini.

The state Railway between Oslo and Bergen penetrates some of the finest inland scenery, rising to an altitude of 4000 feet, the railway to Trondhjem stops at all places of interest, and the line through the beautiful Gudbransdal now extends beyond Domaas, rejoining the Trondhjem Line in the one direction and extending to Bjørli in the other.

In Winter, Oslo, Finse and other places on the Bergen-Oslo Railway and Gudbransdal districts are strongly recommended to those who love Winter Sports of all kinds. Skiing is of course the favorite sport in the country of its origin and can be carried on till towards the end of April.

During the Summer, fast, comfortable passenger steamers run northwards from Trondhjem through a chain of fjords and lakes to Bodø, Narvik (railway terminus), Tromsø and the North Cape. From Bodø onwards the midnight sun can be seen in all its glory during June and the first two weeks of July (longer of course in the North). Fishing and shooting is plentiful, furs can be purchased for comparatively little, and the animal life generally is interesting.

The best time for fishing is the latter half of June and the whole of July in the South, in the North also the first two weeks of August. The shooting season lasts from August 25th to March 14th with slight variations in the case of certain game.

The Summer season is June to September 15th approximately. For Climbing, July is best. The Winter season is February, March and April and extends into May in the mountains. Clothing should be light and warm with full protection against rain at all times of the year, For Motoring, Norway now offers every facility. Roads between main tourist centres are good, and those connecting up the smaller resorts have in late years undergone considerable improvement. The B. and N. Line Royal Mail Ltd. (Newcastle-on-Tyne-Bergen Route)’ make special arrangements for the conveyance of motorists visiting Norway for holiday purposes.

Further information can be obtained from the B. and N. Line Royal Mail Ltd., 25, Whitehall, London, S. W. 1.

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A tree has been given every year to Britain since 1947 by Norway in gratitude for Britain’s support for the country during the Second World War. Norway’s Government-in-Exile was based in Kensington while the country was under German occupation.

Text and image from The National Archives UK’s photostream on Flickr

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Norway before the oil – Ted 😉

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Two postcards typical for serial produced Norwegian cards in the 1960s
Text in English on the back on the one at the top:
Victoria Hotel, Lillehammer, with open-air restaurant the “Terrace”
Text in English on the back on the one at the bottom:
View from the Peer Gynt road, Gudbarandsdal Valley
From my collection of old postcards – Ted

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1174893_oh2In the mid-19th century King Oscar I had the pleasure palace of Oscarshall built on rising ground above the innermost arm of the Oslo Fjord. Since 1863 it has been at the King’s disposal. Oscarshall is regarded as Norway’s neo-Gothic showpiece and a monument to mid-19th century Norwegian art. Terraces with fountains at different levels lead down to the sea.

Guided tours
Guided tours of Oscarshall (in Norwegian) are held every hour during opening hours. The final tour starts at 4 pm. Pre-booked group tours are also available.

Top image from “old-picture.com” – Text from “visitoslo.com

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There’s a foot path right up on the left bank out of view and I can follow it all the way from where I live a good 3 km further north and all the way down to the small artificial lake at Smestad. It’s a great walk any time of the year. You completely forget that you are just outside Oslo city – Ted

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Title: Norwegian carriage [Norway]
Date Created/Published: [between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900].
Medium: 1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color.
Summary: Print shows a woman in a horse-drawn carriage on the Stalheimskleven (Stalheimskleiva), the road to Stalheim, Norway.

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Title: [Fish market, Bergen, Norway]
Date Created/Published: [between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900].
Medium: 1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color.
Summary: Print shows the Triangelen, a triangular pier where the fish market was located in Bergen, Norway.

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Title: Tvindefos (i.e., Tvindefossen) hotel [Norway]
Date Created/Published: [between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900].
Medium: 1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color.
Summary: Print shows Tvindefossen (Tvinde Waterfall) and hotel, near Voss, Hordaland County, Norway.

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Title: Stalheimskleven [Norway]
Date Created/Published: [between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900].
Medium: 1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color.
Summary: Print shows Stalheimskelven (Stalheimskleiva), the road to Stalheim, Norway.

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Two out of three Norwegian told in a large survey on Norwegians’ sexual habits that they had more sex during their holiday than usual. Some even claimed that they had considerably more sex. Only 15 % on the other hand reduced their sexual activity when on holiday.

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81 %  of travelling Norwegian use a digital camera to document their holiday while 6 % make do with their mobil camera.
Only 2 % writes a travelling diary. Now wonder, trying to read what they had scrawled down under heavy influence of alcohol in countries where these beverages are a lot cheaper than at home would be almost impossible anyway.

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E. Salvesen and John G. Dahll went on a trip to England in the late 1800s and got a chance to attend a football match for their first time.
Getting home they started Christiania Football Club on the 23rd of May 1885.
One year later the first football match on Norwegian soil took place as Christiania played a British naval team. Several thousand people turned up to see the new game.

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German tourists find the Norwegian road signs warning about moose particularly interesting, more than 500 of these road signs disappear each year and rumours has it that they end up as table tops in Germany. Road signs warning about reindeer are also popular among souvenir hunters along with signs showing speed limits like 30, 50 and 70 kmph. These usually end up as birthday presents.

Since I myself have received no less than 2 Norwegian and 2 Swedish road signs as birthday presents up through the years I guess German tourists are not the only ones with a taste for these particular items – Ted

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Chocolate was introduced in Norway in 1835, and it came to stay. People eat more chocolate in only in two other countries in the world. Each one of us eat about 8 kilo a year on an average.

I do more than my share here, just so you know – Ted

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Solo is undoubtfully the most popular Norwegian made soft drink. It was introduced in 1934.
Torleif Gulliksen, the creator of Solo had been travelling in Spain and had come across a refreshing orange soft drink there. He brought the recipe back to Norway and not long after that Solo had become Norway’s most popular bottled soft drink.
Coca Cola did not pass Solo in popularity until well into the 1960s.

Illustration © TidiousTed

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Norwegians are a rather down to earth people and this can be seen in how we name our wars and battles. Other nations call these things like The battle of Trafalgar, Desert Storm, the battle of Thermopylae, The 100 year war, and so on.
Norway attacked Bohuslän in Sweden in 1788 and the war has later been known as the Cranberry war.

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You should not trust everything you hear on the radio. On the evening of the 8th of April 1940, Finn Moe said in a program about foreign politics on the national radio station that there were little chance that Norway would ever become involved in what is now known as WWII.
The Germans invaded Norway on the morning of the 9th.

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46 % of all males over the age of 16 hunts in Lierne county in North Trøndelag.
Hunting for a wife though is harder there than anywhere else in the country as Lierne county is the place in Norway with the highest percentage of male citizens.

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When the x-mas shopping is at its most intense there are 200 credit card transactions a second in Norway. At a total we use our cards 4,5 million times on the shopping’s most busy day, usually the last ordinary shopping day before x-mas eve.

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People in the north of Norway are more interested in pornographic magazines than the average Norwegian. People in the area around Oslo would rather read the IKEA catalogue and people in the south of Norway are mostly interested in magazines about tractors.

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