Saturday, February 23, 2013

Norwegian Wood

How could I not write about this one? This week the New York Times featured a story about a Norwegian TV program and news of this program has...ahem...caught fire. The article is titled "Bark Up or Down? Firewood Splits Norwegians"and discusses a NRK* program known in Norwegian as "Nasjonal Vedkveld" or National Firewood Night. I'm not kidding about this. Apparently (and this was all new to me) Nasjonal Vedkveld is a huge hit, with hours of a live fireplace (not some cheesy loop) complimented by fire-themed stories and music.

I'm not at all surprised. I've learned plenty about Norway in the last months, and on top of what I always knew about the culture, it is clear that simplicity and comfort is higher on most Norwegians' lists than money and power. And while studying this week I couldn't resist turning into on NRK.no for a little relaxing background crackling. And I have to admit, I can see the appeal. A real fire going through all it's drama over the course of a night. It you want to experience this phenomenon yourself, all 8 hours of the program are free to stream here - http://tv.nrk.no/serie/nasjonal-vedkveld/.

If you would rather experience the american perspective on this show, you can read about it on BBCNew York Times, Gawker, or Huffington Post. Or you can see the best commentary on Nasjonal Vedkveld via Stephan Colbert. 


* Norway's version of PBS/NPR

Norwegian News.
http://www.nrk.no/kultur-og-underholdning/1.10922593
http://www.aftenposten.no/kultur/Norsk-ved-TV-vekker-oppsikt-i-USA-7127150.html

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