I’m an ambassador for Norway?!
Well considering I was accepted as an ambassador for @hetaliafandomhub weeks ago but totally forgot about it the first impression I’ve left must kinda suck, but I’ll try my hardest to redeem myself!
Heisann! My name is Mari, I’m 17 and I am as Norwegian as they come (except I don’t have blue eyes and I’m not obsessed with skiing). I’ve wanted to contribute to the Hetalia community somehow for a long time and figured this was the best thing I could do, considering I’ve always been interested in history, culture and languages, all that good stuff.
But owo wut’s this ambassador thing anyways?
Well my friend, I’ll be here to answer any questions relating to Norway, whether you’d like some help with language (if you’re learning it or maybe you want aph norway to say something in Norwegian in your fic, anything really), if you have any questions relating to Norwegian history (or as I call it, proving my ships’ canonness;) ), or if you want some inside information about culture (but I will admit I do not know why hot dogs and ice cream are considered traditional food on the 17th of may (constitution day). Maybe it’s simply because it’s cheap and can easily be served to many people).
At the end of the post I’ve included some ‘just Norwegian things’. It’s not required reading but I briefly touch upon history, language, and culture. Maybe reading some of it will make it easier to ask a question.
A little announcement which might be relevant to know
I am not of Sami (see end of text post if confused) decent or consider myself to be a same (although I wanted to be and legit believed I was one when I was like 4, this backstory can be uncovered later if anyone is interested). Therefore I can’t help with Sami language and not too much with culture, but I still think I can answer basic questions about them, they’re very interesting! I can also use Norwegian sources and do some digging for you if it’s necessary, I’d love to, in fact!
Back to me again :)
As you can see, I like to act pretty chill, but I’ll still try to provide the most accurate information and include as many perspectives as possible (if relevant). I do well in school and my friends beg me to chill with all the history and language, so do not hesitate to contact me because I’d love to answer pretty much anything! If it requires some brushing up of knowledge on my part or research from scratch even better, I spend like 30% of my spare time reflecting about random stuff and googling history stuff anyways xD
That’s really it for my introduction, it’s really long isn’t it? Sorry ‘bout that! I’ll list some basic stuff below if you’re interested, other than that, I do hope you contact me if you have any questions at all! No question is a dumb question (unless you ask me if Norwegians really are Swedes or Danes, in that case, I’ll reply with a ‘-_-’ but you can still do it if you want to). Also, I’ll try not to reply with a 10-page paragraph, I’ll control myself (or at least try).
Some basic bonus ‘Just Norwegian things’
Norway’s population live scattered across the country. The capital of Norway is Oslo, which is also the biggest city here. However, it’s not really a big city after international standards. We’re a small country consisting of barely 5 million people altogether (and NYC has like 8 million inhabitants!!!). So we smol. We smol.
History stuff (my personal fave)
How old is Norway and what’s been going on up there in the North?
Norway was ‘officially’ first unified as a kingdom around 870 AD by a guy called Harald Fairhair, also our coat of arms is one of the oldest in the world. Still, we’ve been ruled by Denmark for 400 years, followed by Sweden for around 90 years before regaining our independence (interrupted by a German occupation during WW2), so we’ve not always been a sovereign kingdom but we was around you know, caught in between the disputes of our not so lovely older brothers Denmark and Sweden (jk we love you, Scandinavia fam for life).
1814: Constitution time!
The most important year for Norway historically is probably 1814, the year the Danish-Norwegian union ended and when we made our constitution on the 17th of May, which is now our constitution day which we celebrate proudly every year. The Swedish-Norwegian union did come into force this year as well, but we got to keep our constitution with some ‘minor’ changes that allowed the Swedes to rule over us. (there was a very brief war but Sweden outpowered us and had the support of one of the many coalitions that were fighting Napoleon at the time. Sweden didn’t want to be a jerk and Norway realized fighting would be pointless and they settled for some kind of compromise if you can call it that)
The Norwegian language (relationship status: it’s complicated)
There are 3 official written languages in Norway, more precisely there are two official languages: Norwegian and Sami, however, there are two official written forms of Norwegian: bokmål (the most used main form, stems from Danish) and nynorsk (less used as one’s main form, stems from Norwegian dialects)
I realized I had a lot to say on this matter so if you’re curious, ask me to elaborate and I gladly will.
What is typical Norwegian? A brief introduction to Norwegian culture, which is basically ‘we need to do things to stress that we’re not Swedish or Danish’ I guess
I decided to include some things on the topic of culture as well, here’s a short summary of things Norwegians think of as very ‘Norwegian’
Skiing. We say Norwegians are born with skis on their feet, and the first thing we usually do when foreigners come here is to take them skiing. Personally, it’s no hobby of mine, but I usually end up skiing a couple of times each winter. We love the sport aspect of skiing as well, and we tend to dominate cross country competitions, which we’re very proud of.
Norwegian hiking culture: In Norway, most people love hiking. We love being outside, hiking in the mountains or strolling through forests. We have our own law which elaborates the rules of where you’re allowed to go and camp and how you should act outside and treat your surrounding environment. So in other words, Norwegians love to go hiking just as much as the tourists do, even if we’ve been on the top of the same mountain 20 times. Nature here is generally stunning so I guess it’s only natural to want to experience it.
Norwegian cabin culture: Have you ever grown tired of your own house and felt like you need a change of scenery enough to buy a cabin? Well, that’s ultimately what most of us do. This tradition is tied back to when Norwegians were farmers and had little cabins in the mountains where they stayed with their cattle or sheep as the grassed freely during summer. Most of us aren’t farmers today, but it’s still fairly common to own your own cabin or share a cabin with relatives or friends in the mountains or by the sea. We usually go there during longer holidays or sometimes over the weekend. Traditionally cabins were supposed to be smaller than regular houses with more basic facilities, sometimes without electricity and water. Recently some cabins have grown more extravagant and most people want a proper toilet and an internet connection, but the essence of it is to have a more deserted place to flee to when work and life are stressing you out and you have a few days off to relax. Also, cabins are usually located in ideal hiking areas so the hiking and cabin thing kind of go hand in hand.
Bunad: Bunads aren’t a “Norway only” thing, it was a normal, formal garment around the 19th century. As our national costume, it has been adopted as something very Norwegian. There are tons of different patterns and designs and they’re usually worn on the 17th of May and in confirmations (a traditionally Christian tradition where you confirm your faith. The ceremony symbolized the entrance to adulthood and has stuck in Norway as a coming of age celebration, whether you choose to do it in church or not. Also, this is usually when kids get their bunad as a gift from their family.). It’s sometimes also used in other important celebrations like weddings. Bunads have usually been worn mostly by girls, but lately more guys have seemed to start wearing them as well! Keep going guys, you all look stunning!