Are you a Nord if you’re from Norway?

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A couple weeks after the game Skyrim came out my best friend and I were playing it together one weekend. I forgot what brought it up, but I was telling him about some of the things in the game that were taken from Norse mythology. I told him that Nords were a race of people in real life, and he immediately contradicted me. “There were Norse people, but not Nords.” I told him to make sense of that for me but he couldn’t. I’m almost definite that nords were real, but I’m not sure. I need someone to get this straight for me please. If you’re american, you’re american. What are you if you’re Norse?
I do understand that Nords are part of Skyrim lore, but the word Norse really bugs me. Like, where the hell did that word come from? Could I call people in Norse mythology Norse, or is there another word for it? gah!

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Answer by Daniel Ray
no if you’re from norway then you are norwegian. Nords are just part of skyrim lore.

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Question by Everblue: what is it like to live in Norway?
I am 16 years old and I am from California. I am considering a high school year in Norway because I am really interested in Scandinavia and the vikings. I wonder about a few things about living in Norway.

Do Norwegian people accept Black people? (I am Black but I am more interested in Scandinavian culture than ancient African culture. Strange enough.)

Do Norwegian people accept my christianity? (since most of them are pagans believing in Old Norse religions. I am really interested in Norse religion but I am still a christian).

What do people eat in Norway? Is it true that they only have local food? Is pizza known in Norway? what about fast food? sushi?

Do Norwegians eat fish everyday?

What are Norwegian families like? Is the father the head of the house? Do most families have their own ship and their own cows?

Can I drive in Norway when I am 16?

Do Norwegians dress only in wool and linen? Like the vikings did……

Is Norwegian a dialect of German? Can Norwegians and Germans understand each other?

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Answer by BHope
filling up with Muslim immigrants from Asia and Africa

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7 comments on “Are you a Nord if you’re from Norway?

  1. “Nord” is the Norwegian word for North, but I have not even heard of anyone using that term to describe people from the Nordic countries (and I am from Norway). However, people from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Finland are called Nordic people, which is a geographic term. Then you have the term Scandinavian, which is only used for Norway, Sweden and Denmark (although the Icelandic people descends from Scandinavia, they do not live in the region). Scandinavia ia partly a geographic term, partly ethnic (whatever that means). Swedish, Norwegian and Danish language are more or less the same language. Norse is a term that was used in the middle ages.

  2. Yes, the people in Scandinavian mythology are Norse. From the Oxford Dictionary of English:

    Norse; from Dutch noor(d)sch, from noord ‘north'; compare with Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian Norsk.

    “Nord” was a term used by Skyrim to distinguish those people from the actual Norse. It means “north” in Scandinavian languages, and is still prsent in the Scandinavian name for Norwegians “nordmenn”.

    We English speakers call the language Norse as well, but what we usually call Norse language is actually West Norrønt, a dialect of “Norrønt” (i.e. Norse) used in Norway and her colonies (Ireland, Northern Scotland, Yorkshire, Iceland, Greenland, the Faeroes, Shetland, the Orkneys, and for a period in North America. We used the dutch term “Norse” for this language, as we have some problems pronouncing the proper name correctly. In recent times, we have come to use it about both dialects of Norse. So now it is “Norse”. Same for the people and culture.

    So, the currently correct English term for the pre-Christian Scandinavian people, language and culture is “Norse”. After they became Christian, they used the Latin term “Scandinavia” instead.

  3. I’m not from Norway, but these questions are easy peasy…

    1) All over the world you will find racist people. However, there are quite some immigrants in Norway, meaning that the majority of people are off course white with Nordic features, but it’s not like they have never seen a black person before, haha:-). I think you will experience less discrimination in Norway than in the USA (no offense, but still one of the most racist countries in the world, even though the election of Obama might prove change on the horizon).

    2) It’s true that less and less people go to church in Northern Europe, but it is still the biggest religion (I don’t consider Atheism a religion). Every city will have a church, don’t worry, you can count on that wherever you go in Europe. However, mostly protestants though.

    3) You’re kidding right? Like, McDonalds and Pizzahut you can find in the smallest most remote place on the face of the earth. If you are moving to a city in a populated part of Norway, you will find whatever restaurant off course. So yes, Italian, Chinese, Spanish… whatever. Off course they have traditional food, but you’re not obliged to eat it if you don’t like it.

    4) No, haha.

    5) Ship? Cows? What?
    Norway is a socialist country, so no real poverty, good health care, good education, public transport, good quality of live, relatively high salaries. Down side: it’s VERY COLD THERE.

    It’s one of the countries where women are the most equal to men with regards to their rights and participation in society. This means that a lot of women participate in the workforce, and household chores and child care are usually divided between the man and the woman. The discrimination against homosexuals is relatively low. It’s quite a tolerant country towards other beliefs and ways of living.

    6) No.

    7) It’s cold there. So people where good winter coats (like you would wear when you go skiing..) and off course woolen pullovers, scarves, hats. Like what Canadians wear during winter…. or people from, let’s say, New York and more upwards the North.

    8) No.


  4. First of all, Norway is a modern country. When walking around you will not notice a big difference between the people in Norway and those in the USA, or London. The numbers in the mix might be different, but all races are there. The clothing will be the same, considering the weather.

    Norwegian is a different language from German, but as they are related, most Norwegians will understand some German. And more so, as the Norwegian people are educated in languages, and will often have had some years of language education in German, next to the native Norwegian and first foreign language English.

    Most people in Norway that have a religion, are Christian.
    Most people may not go to church, but a few generations ago almost 100 percent of the Norwegians was Christian, Protestant.
    There are not many people in Norway that are pagan, and most of them have taken it up themselves, have not been brought up in a pagan tradition. So do not expect the average Norwegian to be knowledgeable about the pagan or old Norse religion.

    People eat like in most western countries. Many eat meat, Fish once or twice a week, but maybe a little more often in coastal towns and for people who like fish. Vegetables, Potatoes and Rice, and pasta. Pizza, Chinese food, and Sushi are available too, but not always cheap.
    Fast food is not as cheap as in some places, but readily available in cities and some bigger small towns.

    Driving starts at 18 as far as I know, so I think you can not drive at 16, but I am not sure about that.

    Most families have Father and Mother both carrying responsibilities, both working outside and both doing part of the care tasks.
    Most families live city lives, or suburb lives, and do not own cows and only small boats if they live on the side of a lake or have a summer house near the water, very much like American people.

    People in Norway wear the same kind of clothing as those in America, Jeans, T-shirts in summer, sweaters and coats when it is colder.
    Some will wear wool, but modern wool, not viking time kind of clothing.

  5. All norwegians are different, so I can´t answer what ALL norwegian thinks, but I can answer what I think ;)

    Most Norwegians that I know, accept Black people. There are always some stupid people who doesn´t, but most of us do ;)

    There are a lot of christians here in Norway, so that shouldn´t be a problem

    No, we don´t only have local food. I guess some people sticks to the local food, but we have a lot of international foods aswell. We do eat a lot of pizza here and fast food, and sushi (I guess. I know we have it, bit I don’t eat sushi :P)

    No, we don´t eat fish everyday. Well I guess that is different for every family, there might be someone who eats fish everyday, but most of us doesn´t ;)

    What the families are like, is different for everyone. I guess that kinda depends on what religion they have ;) We don´t own ships, but a lot of us have boats, some have big boats, and some have small boats but I doubt anyone has their own ship. Farmers own cows, but its not normal for families who lives in the city to have cows.

    No, you have to be 18 to drive in Norway.

    No we don´t. We dress just like you I guess.

    No, Germans and Norwegians can´t understand each other, but Norwegians, Swedish and Danish people can understand each other ;)

    Hope this makes you realize Norway and America really aren´t that different. ;)

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