Culture of Norway

Norway is a young nation with a long history, especially as a maritime nation. In spite of being joined to Denmark for 400 years, Norway retained a strong cultural tradition of its own, which, together with cultural impulses from abroad, produced its own unique diversity. This can be seen not only in museums and galleries, but also in the landscape.

In addition to its music, literature and art, Norwegian culture is evident in the traditional national costumes, or bunads, which are worn with pride on special occasions such as weddings, christenings and of course on 17 May, the Norwegian national day.

The Saami are the indigenous people of Norway and are today a minority group. They have their own parliament and live mainly in the county of Finnmark in northern Norway. The Saami people traditionally make their living from reindeer herding, hunting and fishing. They are proud of their heritage and produce beautiful arts and crafts.


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