VOTE: Which of these 10 finalists is the best word in the Norwegian language?

The Local's readers have nominated their favourite Norwegian words to our competition. Here's a final shortlist – it's now time to pick a winner.

VOTE: Which of these 10 finalists is the best word in the Norwegian language?
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Thanks to everyone who took part in the first round of voting. The final shortlist is based on the number of nominations the words received, with our jury given the final say whenever a tiebreaker was needed.




VOTE: What's the best word in the Norwegian language?

Upvote your favourite word and help The Local pick the best word in the Norwegian language.



Outdoor life our outdoor activities are often referred to as friluftsliv, literally 'fresh air life'. “It sums up most Norwegian behavior and just sounds very lovely too,” writes Julie, one of our readers who nominated it.



We'll leave the explanation of this two-letter gem to Crystal in Fredrikstad: “It’s so descriptive using only two relatively unimportant letters. There isn’t any substitute in English, well maybe drizzle or mist. But those are much more complex words for what Norwegians have summed up in two letters, it paints a picture not only in how it’s spelled but how it’s said, it’s more a sound than a word. Also when conjugated: 'det yrer litt'. I see foggy whispers of misty rain in the fjords.”



The Norwegian word for 'welcome' is a “very positive and kindly way” to say it, writes a reader from Ulsteinvik, who nominated it.



Is 'fjord' the most famous Norwegian word? Whenever i hear “the fjords”, I can always think of Norway,” writes Mayolyn.



'Love' in Norwegian has a certain ring to it. “Its pronunciation is sweet and the meaning is sweeter”, wrote an anonymous reader as they suggested it for our vote.




Another word which channels the outdoorsy Norwegian spirits, utepils means a beer that is drunk outside. “A sure sign of spring”, according to reader Karin in Nordland.



It's a composite word, but 'chocolate cheese cake' has a great rhythm when pronounce in Norwegian. “It's very pleasing to say”, writes Max in Bergen. And also to eat, we'd add.



“I think this is a wonderful concept that has a name only in Norwegian,” writes Catherine, who nominated it for our poll. It is a little difficult to pin down, but means something like 'voluntary work accomplished for the good of the community'.



The word for 'jam' ('jelly' to those in the United States) “sounds fluffy and cute when you say it, without knowing the meaning”, according to Martina in Oslo.



A peninsula in Norwegian is a halvøy or 'half-island'. That gives it a “weird sound but sense of logic”, according to reader Oliver.

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How much does going to the dentist cost in Norway? 

A trip to the dentist can be painful in more ways than one, especially for your bank account, so how much will it set you back in Norway and how do you get an appointment?

How much does going to the dentist cost in Norway? 
Many dread a trip to the dentist. Photo by Yusuf Belek on Unsplash

Is dental work free in Norway?

Norway’s robust and comprehensive public healthcare system is accessible through the Norwegian National Health Insurance Scheme. Because it is so comprehensive, many make the assumption that all health issues, including dental problems, are covered by the scheme.  

Unfortunately, this isn’t the case as, generally, dental care is not covered by the public healthcare system. Instead, you will have to go to a private practitioner should you have an issue with your teeth or if it’s time for a checkup. 

If you’d like to learn more about what is covered by the National Health Insurance, you can look at our guide on how the scheme works and common problems foreigners run into here.

How much does it cost?

The bad news is that, much like most other things in Norway, a trip to the dentists will set you back a fair amount, and unlike the Norwegian National Health Insurance Scheme, there is no exemption card, or frikort, after you have paid a certain amount. 

READ MORE: Seven things foreigners in Norway should know about the health system

On the bright side, dental treatment is free for children under 18, and if you are aged between 19 and 20, you will only need to stump up 25 percent of the total bill. 

In most cases, everyone over the age of 21 will be expected to pay the whole bill, apart from a few exceptions, which you can read about here

The cost of dentistry can be reimbursed or subsidised if you meet any of the 15 conditions that will entitle you to claim support from The Norwegian Health Economics Administration or Helfo.

Helfo is responsible for making payments from the National Insurance Scheme to healthcare providers and reimbursing individuals for vital healthcare services not covered by the insurance scheme. 

The list of conditions includes essential work, such as having an oral tumour removed, for example. You can take a look at the 15 conditions for which you claim help from Helfo here.

You can also apply to the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) for financial assistance relating to dental work.

How much you are eligible to receive from NAV will depend entirely on your situation. 

Below you can take a look at the rough cost of some common dental work in Norway. 

  • Examination/appointment- 600 kroner 
  • Examination/appointment with tartar removal and x rays- 1,000 kroner 
  • Small filling- 900 kroner 
  • Medium sized filling 1,400- kroner 
  • Large filling- 1,500 kroner 
  • Tooth surgically removed- 2,000 kroner 
  • Root canal filling 3,800 kroner
  • Crown- 7,000 kroner

How to book an appointment

Booking an appointment in Norway is as simple as contacting your nearest dentist. Before you book, you can typically check the price list of the dentist you will be visiting to get a rough idea of how much the visit could cost you too. 

The majority of dentists in Norway will speak good English. You can also visit an entirely English speaking dentist surgery, where all the staff will speak English, in the big cities such as Oslo if you haven’t quite gotten to grips with Norwegian yet. 

You can search for a dentist using this tool which will show you your nearest dentist in the town, city or county you live in.