How do Norwegians decorate their Christmas trees?

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How do Norwegians decorate their Christmas trees?
According to a new survey, 90% of Norwegians will have a Christmas tree at home this holiday season. Photo by Sapan Patel / Unsplash

Christmas is just two weeks away, and according to a new survey, 93 percent of Norwegians plan to decorate their homes for Christmas.


An extensive international Christmas survey in 17 countries that celebrate Christmas showed that no one is more fond of decorating their homes for Christmas than Norwegians.

According to the survey, 93 percent of Norwegians will decorate their homes for Christmas, and 90 percent will have a Christmas tree, news bureau NTB points out.

Some 60 percent will have fake trees, while 30 percent want real trees.


A big Christmas survey

The Christmas survey has been carried out by the payment and shopping platform Klarna. More than 17,000 respondents have answered questions about their Christmas tree and Christmas decoration plans.

It seems that the once frowned-upon plastic tree is now twice as popular as real trees, in some countries even more so.

"It's an example of how something is gradually being accepted," social anthropologist and trend researcher Gunn-Helen Øye told the news bureau NTB.

In the past, the plastic Christmas tree was criticized for looking fake, but today, several varieties look very real. In addition, it does not carry live insects, and it can be reused, to mention just a few of its benefits.

Sales of artificial Christmas trees soar

Sales and product manager at Jernia, Stian Jørgensen, says the chain has so far sold twice as many artificial Christmas trees as last year.

Compared to 2018, the growth is around 240 percent. Jørgensen believes a lot of the increase is due to the fact that the trees look so real.

With only 10 percent of Norwegians opting for a Christmas without a tree, Norway differs slightly from other Nordic countries in the survey.

The proportion of people who will not decorate a Christmas tree in their home is 24 percent and 21 percent in Finland and Sweden, respectively.

The survey shows that the Christmas tree is considered the most important element among Christmas decorations in all the surveyed countries.


How do Norwegians decorate their Christmas trees?

The survey also asked people how they plan to decorate their trees. Five out of six Norwegians answered that they plan to decorate trees traditionally.

On a slightly more detailed level, they were also asked to describe the style of their Christmas tree.

Here are the survey results:

  • Maximalist style with lots of lights and decorations (33 percent)
  • Mostly personal decorations: Characterized by inherited Christmas decorations and decorations that people feel personally connected to (30 percent)
  • Minimalist style, limited lights and decorations on the Christmas tree (13 percent)
  • Monochromatic, clean style (10 percent)
  • Only homemade decorations, preferably natural decorations (cones, cookies, dried fruit) (4 percent)


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