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Norwegian word of the day: Yr 

Given how often the weather changes in Norway, this is a useful one to know.

Norwegian word of the day: Yr
Given how often the weather changes in Norway, this is a useful one to know. Photo by Francesco Ungaro on Unsplash and Nicolas Raymond/FlickR

What does it mean? 

Yr is the word used to describe a light drizzle in Norway. Yr is also the name of the country’s most popular weather app, which is run by public broadcaster NRK and the Norwegian Meteorological Institute. 

Drizzle is precipitation with a drop size of less than 0.5 mm and is a transition between rain and clouds. Given you’ll unlikely to be measuring rain drops as they fall, you’ll typically be able to tell drizzle from feel. 

Most Norwegians are undeterred by the presence of drizzle unless they are expecting heavier rain to follow. 

The reason for this is that I am sure you will have had a Norwegian tell you at some point now when you’ve complained about being cold or wet- det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær (there is no such thing as poor weather, just inappropriate clothes”). 

However, yr shouldn’t be disregarded every time you come across it or if it’s on the forecast, especially up in the mountains, as a little bit of drizzle can soon become a rain shower. 

Use it like this: 

Det er meldt yr i morgen tidlig, kanskje vi bør utsette teltturen vår?

(It’s meant to be drizzling tomorrow morning, maybe we should postpone our camping trip?)

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Eight phrases to express affection in Norwegian 

Sometimes you just want to tell somebody how much they mean to you. Here are eight Norwegian phrases you can use to let someone know you care about them. 

Eight phrases to express affection in Norwegian 

It’s always nice to tell your nearest and dearest how much you appreciate and value them. When learning a new language, you will also learn new ways to tell someone that you care about them. 

Luckily, in Norwegian, there are plenty of ways for you to express your affection for someone. Here are our picks. 

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Jeg er så heldig som har deg

(I am so lucky to have you) 

Ever have a friend or family member that’s always there for you, whether to lend a helping hand or offer a shoulder to cry on? 

You can use this phrase to let them know how grateful you are to have them. Likewise, the phrase can be said to friends, family and partners to let them know how much you appreciate them. 

Jeg elsker deg

(I love you) 

There are two ways you can tell somebody that you love them in Norwegian. Jeg elsker deg describes a very strong feeling of love that Norwegians don’t use lightly. Some may only utter it a few times in their life. 

Norwegians will use this when they are ‘in’ love with someone. 

Jeg er glad i deg/ glad i deg

(I love you/ love you) 

Glad i deg is the second, less intense, and more commonly used phrase for telling someone you love them. 

It is the preferred form used in day-to-day life to let a partner, a parent or a child know that you love them. This expression can be used to let anybody you care about that you love them. 

In specific contexts, the two ways of telling someone you love them can be interchangeably. So, for example, you can tell your husband or wife glad i deg or jeg elsker deg. But you would never say jeg elsker deg to your favourite colleague. 

Jeg savner deg

(I miss you) 

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, and telling someone you are missing them is a good way of letting them know they are in your thoughts. 

This can be used to let anyone, whether they are a friend, relative or partner, know that you miss them. 

Jeg er hodestups forelsket i deg

(I am head over heals in love with you) 

Many languages use descriptive imagery to express their feelings for someone. Unfortunately, this isn’t as common in Norwegian. However, some examples do exist- as is the case with jeg er hodestups forelsket i deg. 

Partners will often say this to one another to let them know how madly they are in love with one another. 

Du er en fantastisk venn

(You are a fantastic friend)

Friends make everything better, whether it’s hobbies, activities, or when you need a helping hand. You can use this to let someone know they are a fantastic friend, either because they’ve been a fantastic help to you or because you are guaranteed to always have a good time together. 

Takk for at du alltid er der for meg

(Thank you for always being there for me). 

If you have a Mr./Mrs. dependable in your life that you know you can rely on for anything and would move mountains to give you a hand- you should definitely use this phrase to express your deep gratitude. 

Du er verdens beste kjæreste/kompis/vennninne/mamma/pappa

(You are the world’s best partner, friend, girlfriend, mother, and father) 

A classic of a genre when it comes to birthday cards, letting someone know they are the best friend/partner/parent in the world is a great way to show your fondness for them.