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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!

Let’s go!

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!

The Nordics playing hide and seek

Finland - counts most of the time because he has no interest of playing a human game.
Sweden - Sweden’s the guy who hides under bed, behind doors and in the bath tub.
Denmark - he usually breaks the rules and goes outside (if playing inside and vice versa) or hides under the quilts and in cupboards and gets himself stuck.
Norway - the hide and seek champion. You could walk past him five times and never notice him.
Iceland - says it’s a child’s game and all the other Nordics force him to play then in the end he just gets himself stuck in the fridge or something.

anonymous asked:

One time before a world meeting, Norway's floating curl got stuck to Denmark's suit without either of them knowing. As they where sitting across eachother during the meeting, Denmark noticed the curl and started stroking and playing with it since he always wondered how it would be like. However he didn't notice Norway on the other side of the table, struggeling to not let any.. Unwanted sounds come out..

AHAHAHAHAHA OMG

DenNor headcanon that when Norway is reading on the couch or something Denmark will silently shuffle over and without even needing to say anything Norway will lift up his arms to let Denmark sit in his lap and wrap his legs around Norge’s waist.  He likes the physical affection and usually ends up falling asleep like that, Norway becoming stuck there when he’s done reading so he usually falls asleep with him.  Later, Fin comes and wraps a blanket around the two of them

vansaell  asked:

Headcanons for the Nordics going to the zoo?

APH Denmark: Den’s absolute favourite part of going to the zoo is seeing all of the big cats. He loves watching the lions and the tigers (when they aren’t just lazing around anyway). Every time he goes to a new exhibit he drags another nordic with him so that they can take a picture of him posing stupidly beside the animal. Once or twice he got a little carried away and tried to stick his fingers in the cages though…

APH Finland: Finland loves to watch and play with the monkeys at the zoo. He would sit with them for hours if the others let him. He thinks that the chimpanzees are kind of funny when they play together, so he would spend the most time with them. He is also the guy that is totally decked out in souvenirs and zoo merchandise by the time they leave. He buys a new hat or something every time they go.

APH Sweden: Sve really likes going to the arctic exhibits and the bear exhibits. If there are polar bears and penguins, he will be happy for the rest of the day. He likes watching all the bears because of their strong, yet cuddly appearance. In a way they are kind of similar to him, so he feels like he has a bit of a connection with them. One time he told the other nordics what he thought of the bears, and Denmark took it upon himself to buy Sweden some bear ears so that he could be even more like them.

APH Iceland: Iceland likes hanging out in the aviary. He isn’t allowed to take Mr. Puffin in there though, because his puffin friend tends to get jealous of the other birds. The one time he was able to go in with Icy, he got into a bit of a fight with one of the little birds. The other nordics aren’t really interested in the aviary, so sometimes Iceland will go on his own for a little privacy. It’s nice for him to get away from an overly excited Denmark every once in a while.

APH Norway: Norway always gets stuck taking all of Denmark’s stupid pictures for him. Just when he thinks Denmark is done with his posing, he gets dragged off to yet another exhibit for more. He would much rather get away to the reptile house, or maybe the aquarium if there is one. He finds watching all of the snakes and fish to be quite peaceful, and the scenery around them is always gorgeous.

- Chella

anonymous asked:

Imagine everyone at the world meeting gets stuck in Norway because of flight delays due to bad weather. So, everyone goes to Norway's huge mansion (because he's hella rich) and find the entire place covered in totally adorable, cutesy family photos of Morway, Dadmark, and all of their children (Iceland, Greenland, Faroe Islands, former colonies, and micronations). Iceland gets embarrassed (because baby photos via Norway's magic), and Denmark is so totally boosting like hell yeah this my family!

DAWWW I LOVE THIS

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Some more foreign covers! It’s been fascinating to see elements of covers cross cultures, and also the wildly different takes on the book.

The take I’ve seen the most is something similar to what France has done, which is the US cover. Norway and Poland have stuck with that as well, with minor alterations. The Turkish cover was essentially the Australian cover. The French adverts borrow from the UK adverts, etc. 

I’m rather in love with the German cover, which nods to the US cover, but is tied to the story in a gorgeous way. I also love the sound of the Dutch title.

The Chinese cover and the Russian covers are like nothing else out there. I mean.

This is just… It’s surreal.

I have a very hard time talking about where the book’s been and is still going.

I’m quiet now because I’m closing in on the end of a draft (not a readable one, thanks). I’m also behind on several things. So, bear with me and look at the pretty covers.