Norwegian word of the day: Julebord

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Frazer Norwell - [email protected] • 6 Dec, 2022 Updated Tue 6 Dec 2022 15:47 CEST
Norwegian word of the day: Julebord
Today's Norwegian word of the day is all about the Christmas table. Photo by Francesco Ungaro on Unsplash and Nicolas Raymond/FlickR

'Tis the season for today's Norwegian word, so best prepare yourself for what's in store over the next couple of weeks. 


What does julebord mean? 

julebord, or "Christmas table", is a traditional Norwegian gathering with your co-workers. The event typically includes dinner, drinks (lots of them), speeches, and dancing. Although, some companies will hold theirs in November or January.

Organisations, clubs and sports teams will organise their own too. Additionally, your friends and family may host an informal one at your own home. Therefore, you could end up being invited to quite a few during December. One tip is to dress for the occasion. While your office may have an informal dress code, you can bet some of your colleagues will have been planning their outfits for a while. 


The julebord may be free, subsidised or ask the employee to front the full cost. Some firms will even plan cabin weekends away and the like. Whether you have to pay is normally stated on the invitation.

The Norwegian julebord is akin to the traditional office Christmas party you'll find in other countries. 

Use it like this: 

Jeg har julebord med jobben på fredag

I am going to the Christmas party with work on Friday

Hva skal du ha på deg på julebordet?

 What are you wearing for the Christmas party?


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