Unesco recently released its Human Development Report, which makes Norway a model of health for the rest of the world. The report looks at many factors, including life expectancy and average number of years spent in school. Norway ranked number one in their data.
Since Norway is setting a good example for how to live, we thought now would be a good time to take a look at how Norwegians eat. Heres what you should know:
Breakfast is a light affair often involving Norwegian bread either lefse, rye bread or a roll cheese, jam and butter. Theres also often meat and fish, like salami, ham, smoked salmon or pickled herring. Muesli is also common. And coffee is a must.
Heavy egg dishes are not the norm here.
In Norway, cheese reigns supreme especially when its brown.
Brunost, a brown cheese like no other, is beloved in its uniqueness. Its a whey cheese thats sweet and has a caramel-like texture. Its often peeled in thin slices and eaten on open-faced sandwiches (as pictured above).
The cuisine is shaped by the need to preserve.
Norway is not only surrounded by the sea, but its climate is such that it demands preservation. The short growing season and cold weather in Norway make it a necessity for survival.
Norwegian fish (and seafood) is unparalleled.
And thats one of the reasons thatcured, smoked, pickled, dried, and yes, even sometimes just fresh fish, is so popular in Norway. It makes sense that Norway has such a strong seafood culture theres a high coast-per-land ratio. They eat fish for breakfast, as we mentioned above. They serve it for lunch on open-faced sandwiches. You can even get tubed caviar at the grocery store thats how serious they are about their seafood.
Their cold, wet climate means they get some of the sweetest berries around.
The most prized being the cloudberry. The cloudberry only grows in the wild, and picking locations are guarded like family secrets. Theyre often served simply, with whipped cream, or made into jams to preserve them for the many months when cloudberries arent in season.
Waffles are eaten as an afternoon snack.
Theyre thicker and richer than American waffles, and they often come heart-shaped. Norwegian waffles are often eaten with brown cheese, naturally, or with sour cream and jam. Of course, they arent only eaten in the afternoon, but it is common to have a waffle with coffee as a snack.
The Norwegianslove of cake is strong.
Norwegians are credited with creating the worlds best cake, after all. Its called Kvfjordkake and is the beautiful culmination of sponge cake, vanilla cream, almonds and meringue.But thats not their only noteworthy cake theyre all show-stoppers in their own right.
Looks like even the healthiest nations have a sweet tooth.