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Jul 4, 2015

Non-Norwegians React To Norwegian Things

Think soccer is too hard? Don't worry! There's always handball!

Norway is a pretty awesome country. There's also a bunch of weird shit that goes on. We sent 14 uncaptioned photos of Norwegian stuff to BuzzFeed offices around the world and asked them for their first reaction. These are their stories.

Kransekake: "Looks like fancy Eggo waffles."

Flickr: gcbb

What do you think this is?

Crystal (LA): Waffle stack of glory, OBVIOUSLY. TBH though, I get heartburn just looking at it.

Hilary (UK): Is that.... a waffle tower? Oh my. Be still my beating heart. No wonder you put so many flags in it, you should be proud and patriotic about this beautiful, calorie filled treat.

Hayes (DC): Wait are this a tower of rice cakes? Is Norway super into health food and I didn't know about it?

Candice (LA): A patriotic waffle stack. I approve!

Adam (NY): I don't remember but I think they had to do something with this in an episode of The Amazing Race once.

Michelle (LA): That is an adorable tower of rice cakes that looks better than it actually tastes. Great for an Instagram pic tho.

Sarah (Canada): Looks like fancy Eggo waffles. I feel curious and hungry.

Scott (UK): Those flags muse be very sharp and uncomfortable to swallow.

Kransekake is basically almond cake rings with icing. Norwegians eat it for special occasions.

Hunderfossen troll: "Wow, Muppets are really creepy in Norway."

Flickr: hammershaug

What's this?

Hayes (DC): Swamp Thing and the Yeti had a child and it is the worst.

Jenna (Sydney): Is this one of the old gods from Game of Thrones?

Crystal (LA): A reject from Where The Wild things Are. Not enough wild, too much nose.

Paul (UK): That's a fairytale thing isn't it — Old Wilty Dicknose. Comes to you at night if you forget to wash behind your ears.

Hilary (UK): Wow, Muppets are really creepy in Norway.

Ema (NY): Vaguely how I felt the morning after Pride.

Adam (NY): This is a nightmare. It makes me feel like I am in a nightmare.

Sarah K. (NY): A tree man thing. He should marry grandmother Willow.

Scott (UK): That tree is coming after us and everyone you love.

Norwegians love trolls. This one is located at a theme park in Lillehammer.

Russ: "It's a sex convention for parachute jumpers."

Smalahove: "NO NO NO NO NO. NOPE. NO."

Handball: "Pussy rugby."

Flickr: 2012bilder

What do you think about this?

Hayes (DC): Think soccer is too hard? Don't worry! There's always handball!

Bibi (Mexico): Pussy rugby.

Bryant (NY): Upgraded version of dodgeball.

Maritsa (NY): This is a game of soccer where people are breaking a whole lot of rules.

Scott (UK): Handball, which from this photo means ANYTHING GOES SO A WORLD OF PAIN.

Sarah A. (Canada): Seems like a epic soccer and football mash-up sport.

Alex (SF): I'd def play.

Hilary (UK): "I can't believe you stole my girlfriend Lars, I'm going to hit you in the face with this football!" "No Sven, leave it, he's not worth it."

Norwegians take handball pretty seriously.

Vigeland: "I don't think these people fully understand babies."

Flickr: thomascuelho / Flickr: tonycarr

What's going on here?

Jenna (Sydney): What the fuck?

Michelle (NY): No fuckin' clue. But I relate more with the statue on the left. Who needs kids, amirite?

Hayes (DC): This set of statues commemorates Norway's Great Baby Revolt. Here's a rundown. 1: Norway's adults horrible mistreat the babies of the country. 2: The babies revolt. 3: The babies take over the country.

Maritsa (NY): I don't think these people fully understand babies.

Elena (NY): This is exactly how I imagine raising children would be like.

Hilary (UK): Ah, it's the age-old story. Rampaging guy punches babies, babies get their revenge by using his girlfriend as a pony.

Ema (NY): Ancient Viking 50 Shades of Grey.

Sarah K. (NY): Monuments remind you why kids are the worst.

Alex (SF): Art... duh.

Scott (UK): Call the police. What is wrong with your country?

Vigeland Sculpture Park is a statue installation located in Frogner Park in Oslo. The statues are the work of Gustav Vigeland who also designed the Nobel Peace Price.

Sylte: "It's like a lovely meat sandwich where the bread is meat and the filling is meat."

Bunad: "It's a multi-generational beauty pageant."

IceMusic Festival: "A DJ who couldn't afford turntables so he just used ice."

Flickr: 40040656@N05

What's this?

Hayes (DC): No wait, I lied ~This~ is a deleted scene from Frozen.

Maritsa (NY): This man is doing a live performance of "Let It Go" in the way it was meant to be performed.

Candice (LA): An ICE CONCERT! I would see this. Does the concert end when everything melts? Does the tone change as things are melting? SO MANY QUESTIONS.

Jenna (Sydney): Is he... PLAYING ice?! That sounds like a quick way to get frostbite.

Sarah A. (Canada): A DJ who couldn't afford turntables so he just used ice.

Alex (SF): An artist to be featured on Kanye's next album.

Paul (UK): Probably Moby. He has to be relevant somewhere.

Hilary (UK): Is that Paul McCartney playing a keyboard made of ice? Next to some ice windchimes? Or am I just really really really drunk?

Sarah K. (NY): Ice instruments?! If the white walkers had concerts, this would be it.

Yeah, it's basically what it looks like. A festival where people play ice.

Hjell: "A fish cemetery."

Flickr: soldatnytt

What's going on here?

Hayes (DC): Clearly this is an offering to Godzilla to keep the country safe for another year.

Adam (NY): They are drying fish. I also think this was in an episode of The Amazing Race. I knew watching that show would pay off someday.

Crystal (LA): Hey, Norway, try roof shingles next time. *eyeroll*

Scott (UK): To be honest, who needs a freezer when you've got minus 30 degrees directly outside your house?

Sarah A. (Canada): A fish cemetery.

Bibi (Mexico): Someone is drying fish so they can eat it while watching an aurora borealis.

Hilary (UK): Ah, the traditional fish washing lines of Norway. When you've given your pet fish a good scrub, you hang it out to dry for a while, then bring it in and put it back in the tank. Classic.

Ema (NY): I'VE BEEN HERE. When you bike over those dried, gaping, fish heads it makes a really unnerving crunching noise.

They're drying fish out!

Ylvis: "A poor man's Jon Snow and Robb Stark."

Ian Gavan / Via Getty Images

Who are these people?

Maritsa (NY): Two very neutral bros.

Hayes (DC): Norway's version of the Jonas Brothers?

Jenna (Sydney): Apparently every country has a requirement for two bland white guys to host reality singing competitions.

Michelle (NY): Based on their hair and that scarf they've gotta be Norway's hottest pop stars.

Hilary (UK): I'm not completely sure, but I think the one on the right is a bad waxwork of the one on the left.

Adam (NY): They aren't people, they are plastic robot men.

Elena (NY): Robots from the future here to destroy the human race.

Alex (SF): A poor man's Jon Snow and Robb Stark.

Bryant (NY): Swipe right.

Sarah A. (Canada): Game of Thrones actors?

Crystal (LA): WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes. Brothers, right? Haha.

You can thank Vegard and Bård Ylvisåker for getting "What Does the Fox Say" stuck in your head.

Royal family: "The cast of Norwegian Les Miserables."

Ragnar Singsaas / Via Getty Images

Who are these people?

Jenna (Sydney): Amy Poehler has a secret Norwegian family who still dresses like they're in the 1600s?!?!

Candice (LA): The Von Trapp family.

Crystal (LA): King and Queen Ichibod and their royal norwagian descendants Stegan, Inga, Inger, Lilliput, and a furry dog statue.

Paul (UK): Probably royals. Mere mortals can't afford that many buttons.

Bibi (Mexico): What about the dog who is just tired of the pictures.

Alex (SF): Probably a royal family and a dog that has no chill.

Scott (UK): JUST AT THAT PROUD DOG WHO CARES ABOUT THE REST OF THESE PEOPLE.

Bryant (NY): Awkward. I'm that dog.

Ema (NY): The cast of Norwegian Les Miserables.

That's the Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Marius Borg Høiby (Mette-Marit's son from a previous relationship), Princess Ingrid and Prince Sverre. Oh, and their dog Milly Kakao, of course.

Jan Egeland: "A Norwegian Tim Gunn."

Jim Watson / Via Getty Images

And who's this?

Hayes (DC): The King of Norway? Do you people do a king?

Maritsa (NY): Some nerd.

Alex (SF): A Norwegian Tim Gunn.

Paul (UK): No idea, but I want to poke that middle wrinkle and see what it does to the rest of his face.

Hilary (UK): Didn't he play Voldemort in Harry Potter?

Bryant (NY): He looks important.

Ema (NY): Someone diplomatic. You can tell from the sensible glasses.

Jan Egeland is a big Norwegian politician. Ylvis even made a song for him.

Breakfast: "Pretty sure I once threw up something very similar."

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