Norwegian word of the day: sommerferie

Agnes Erickson
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Norwegian word of the day: sommerferie
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This is a useful word to know at this time of year in Norway.


What does it mean? 

Sommerferie is a compound word, sommer+ferie, and means summer holiday. 

Why do I need to know it?

Because schools have just let out for the summer. And it seems the topic of everyone's discussions these days is what their plans are for the summer. In the Norwegian society, the last 3 weeks of July is like a joint holiday for the whole country. A large percentage of the population is free from work, and it is also the month when most residents receive their feriepenger, or “holiday pay”.

Use it like this

Hva er planene dine for sommerferien? - What are your plans for the summer holiday?

Det regnet hele sommerferien! - It rained the whole summer holiday!


langfri - a long period of time one is free from work

skolefri - a period of time free from school



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