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Twelve strange things Norwegians believe

Twelve strange things Norwegians believe
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Norwegians are not generally a cynical bunch. Indeed, some of their neighbours might go so far as to call them a little bit gullible. Here, The Local's list of some of the stranger things that they believe.

Unlike their Icelandic neighbours across the water, relatively few Norwegians actually believe in trolls or elves. But they're still a nation of believers – even compared to their neighbours in Sweden, Finland or Denmark, and certainly compared to world-weary Londoners or désenchantés Parisians. 

At times that's inspiring – there can be few declarations of belief in democracy and humanity as open-hearted and unqualified as the then PM Jens Stoltenberg's speech following the horrific 2011 right-wing terror attack. 

At times it works the other way. 

Click here to view our list of the twelve strangest things Norwegians believe


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