"Souvenirs from Norway" Norway Shopping Tip by diocletianvs

Norway Shopping: 46 reviews and 56 photos

  Pure Norwegian!
by diocletianvs

After you visit some country there are usually some people at home that expect “something” that represent the country and can be called a souvenir.

The task of choosing souvenirs in Norway is exceptionally hard one if you’re looking for something that fits under the price range “normal” in your local terms. Nothing is cheap in Norway, and souvenirs are extremely expensive.

What to buy: The good choice is of course Norwegian knitwear. If you’re looking for original knitwear expect to pay up to 1500 kr (200 $) for a sweater. If you are lucky to find a sweater in a 300 – 500 kr price range, make sure that you remove “Made in China” tag before giving it as original Norwegian.

Troll figures usually also have “Made in Taiwan” label, which doesn’t make them less expensive but they still remain rather popular choice.

Norwegian knives are also popular – if it’s ordinary it’s expensive, if it reminds of Norway somehow it is extremely expensive.

But I have few affordable tips that you can bring to someone and that will be “pure Norwegian”. The first one is Norwegian brown cheese (see my Brunost tip under “Local customs”). You can find it in any supermarket – don’t waste your money on special packages since the one you’ll find at supermarket is the most original brunost you’ll find!

And there are two ingenious products invented by Norwegians that can be nice souvenirs. The first one is cheese-slicer. If you give it to someone together with Brunost it will be pure Norwegian!

Another “pure Norwegian” product you’ll find in any stationery shop. Did you know that it were Norwegians who invented paperclips? They even make statues to it, like this one in Oslo. So, with one box of paperclips you can bring souvenirs from Norway to the whole department in your homecompany!

What to pay: From 10 kr for a 100-pieces box of paperclips.

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Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 9, 2003
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