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Example of an Onboard Norway Newsletter

Updated: Nov 28, 2023

One of the things we do every week is to write a newsletter for our client’s employees. Below you can see an is an example of what the newsletter looks like.For those that have our full membership we also inform about the upcoming Onboard Norway events, which in the coming week is the digital meeting on How to buy a home in Norway and a Board game night in Trondheim.

What's on In Trondheim?

Hello everyone and welcome to this week's newsletter! This is the last newsletter for the month of October and we hope it finds you well on a darkened evening in Trondheim!

The month of October is soon to be over and the days are indeed getting darker, however, these last few days have actually been getting warmer. This trend is looking to continue going into the weekend with quite warm temperatures of 10 - 12℃ being reported. For Saturday and Sunday there’s not going to be much rain either, so this weekend should be a good opportunity to go on a hike! If you’ll be spending time in the city centre, there’s plenty of things happening though. The last weekend of October of course means it’s Halloween and there will be a lot of events in conjunction with that. This Sunday is not only the celebration of the All Hallows Eve, it also marks the end of the reopening celebration of Endelig Folkeliv in Trondheim. Therefore, most stores will stay open from 12 - 16 in the city centre on Sunday and all bus lines for the city centre will be for free -- exactly like the first Sunday of October. So if you’re going shopping on Sunday, or anything else for that matter, it is important you remember to turn the clock back an hour. This Sunday we will go over to winter time, meaning we all can look forward to enjoying an extra hour of sleep! You can read more about winter time in this week’s feature of Word of the Week. Much like our recent newsletters, this one will feature information on OnboardNorway events, various events in Trondheim and a section for children and families called Children's corner. It will continue with the Word of the Week and then close with the COVID-19 update.

God helg (when the time comes)! Onboard Norway Coming Events

-Board game night in Trondheim

-How to buy a house in Norway

What to do This weekend will be pretty halloween-themed it seems and Bar Circus is kicking it off early with a full Halloween party in their bar starting tonight. Best costumes wins a prize -- don’t be scared off by the creature's tending bar! The Trondheim main public library currently hosts a photo exhibition called Trondheim i fascinerende farger (Trondheim in fascinating colors). The exhibition is displaying the brilliant photography of Aziz Nasuti, an Iranian geophysicist and researcher at NGU here in Trondheim, who has captured the urban and natural landscapes of Trondheim in a most vivid fashion! The exhibition is free to attend and open for all, you can find it on the second floor of the main public library. The exhibition is on until the 8th of November and the photographs are for sale. This is magnificent photography captured through the eyes of an expat in Trondheim! For a taste you can check out some photographs by Nasuti on his homepage here. Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum (called the National Museum of Decorative Arts & Design in English) is inviting you to tour their museum behind closed doors. The museum has been closed to the public since the first covid-measures was implemented and has still not opened yet. Here you will get a tour of their magazines, hidden stairways and corners and learn more about the art of curating and how to move a collection of 30.000 art pieces! The tour is held on Friday at 18:00. You can read more about the tour and book the tickets here -- they cost NOK 110. Meetup is at their main entrance in Munkegata 7, 18 sharp. If you’re hankering for some real Norwegian music and a concert experience out of the ordinary during this Halloween themed weekend, check out Djevel at Byscenen on Friday! Djevel is a Trondheim-based black metal band playing in a more atmospheric vein. Black metal is one of Norway’s biggest cultural exports to the wider world as this distinctive genre was formed in Norwayduring the early 1990’s. There are still some tickets left and you can get them here for NOK 350. Trondheim Jazzforum invites for their reopening night concert at Dokkhuset on Sunday 31st. The concert will feature lot’s of improvisation from both jazz trios and bigger brass ensembles, connected to the highly skilled programme for performing musicians at NTNU. The concert starts at 20:00 and you can get the tickets here, they cost NOK 100. For all fans of antiques and collectibles: there will be a retro market market at Charlottenlundhallen this weekend! Here you can find antiques and a varied selection of unique and original collectibles for a good price. Need a new tea set? Then this is the right place. You can read more about the market here and you can buy the tickets here. It costs NOK 110 for a weekend ticket and NOK 90 for a day ticket. The market is open from 10:00 on Saturday and 11:00 on Sunday. The market will be held in Charlottenlundhallen which you can find here. It is approximately a 15 minutes drive from the city centre. The closest bus stop is called ‘Tunvegen’ and you can take bus line 14 to get there, but you will have to switch from bus line 1 or 3 from the city centre. Trondheim Science Centre invites for the Trondheim Planetary Festival this weekend! Over the course of Friday and Saturday evening there will be several events connected to visual arts, planetary travel and psychedelic concerts in the planetary and 360-cinema hall at the science centre. Click this link to see the program for both evenings. The festival will finish with a full listening experience of Pink Floyd's legendary Meddle album, all set in a planetary environment! A full festival ticket cost NOK 475 and a day ticket cost NOK 275 -- you can get them here. If you will be out hiking this weekend, why not take the tour via Grønlia? Grønlia is a tourist hut in Bymarka where you can get drinks, snacks and a nice view! At 11:00 on Saturday you can catch a free concert with the Norwegian flute duo Duolivia. They play folk music, so you can tune in for a real Norwegianexperience here! If you think 11:00 is a bit early on Saturday morning, fear not, as they also will play for free at the Lavollen hut at 14:00. The Trondheim Symphony Orchestra has made a habit of “taking over” urban spaces to perform classical music. This weekend they will come to Pirbadet bathing facility to perform the mighty cantata Carmina Burana by Carl Orff! Here they will bring choirs, soloists, pianists and a heavy percussion line to truly make some waves! The concert will be held on Saturday and Sunday at 18:00 and you can read more about the program and get the tickets here. The tickets cost NOK 350. This Saturday the Farmers Market makes a return to the city centre from 11:00-16:00. So pay a visit to the Trondheim Torg (the town square) to pick up some fresh produce, meat, fish, or cheese while supporting local and regional growers and farmers. Click the link above to see the different producers selling their products! Childrens’ corner Trondheim Guide Service will host a special tour of the city centre with a historical focus on Halloween this weekend. The event is aimed at children, but the guides will be dressed as witches, so it might be a good idea to prepare the children that it might become a bit scary! The tours are held for free but you need to reserve a ticket in advance, which you can do here. By clicking the link you can also see all the available time slots for joining a tour. The meetup for these tours will be at the statue of the old lady in the town square. On the topic of Halloween: there will be a Halloween themed entertainment day at the Peder Egges plass, the square right behind the main public library on Saturday from 11:15. The magician Peder Alstad will come and show off magic tricks, cool effects and illusions. From 12:00 the Circus Agio will entertain and allow the children to participate in the circus tricks. Then from 13:00 there will be a science show with the crazy professor Kristoffer before it is rounded up with a concert at 13:30. Everyone is welcome and free to drop by! On Sunday from 16:00 - 17:00 there will be a free concert in tribute of the beloved legends Knutsen & Ludvigsen. Knutsen & Ludvigsen is Norway’s most famous children's band, which pretty much everyone growing up in Norwaysince the early 1970’s has a relationship to. They both came from Trondheim, meaning most of their songs are in the local ‘trønder’ dialect. On Sunday their music will be played with a real show for adults and children alike in the town square. The concert is for free and you need not book anything in advance -- there is rumoured to be a candy guarantee though! Word of the Week Welcome to our regular feature of the newsletter: Word of the Week. Here we will discuss a Norwegian word, which usually bears some relevance to the events in the newsletter. The word for this week is vintertid which means wintertime.

The word is a compound word consisting of vinter meaning ‘winter’ and tid meaning ‘time’. It translates directly into English as both have a common Germanic root. The word can be used to simply describe the time of winter, i.e. the winter season, but it is most often used to describe the turning back of the clock known from spring/summer.

Vintertid commences on the last Sunday of October and ends on the last Sunday of March -- when the clock is turned to what Norwegians call sommertid, or daylight saving time in English. Thus, vintertid is actually counted as the standard time, as daylight savings time first was instituted in most European countries in 1916. If vintertid is taken to be the standard time, then Norway actually has less months of standard time than vice versa (along with the EU/EEA). Vintertid lasts for a total of 5 months in Norway, where sommertid lasts for 7.

There is currently some dispute of whether the whole practice of summertime/winter time should be discarded and, in that case, which time should be implemented for the whole year. A large study from the University of Bergen found that 78% of the Norwegian public wants to dispense with the practice, where a total of 62% favored the summertime as standard time. Researchers of sleep on the other hand, recommend winter time as the standard, seeing as the early morning light you get more of with the winter time standard has beneficial health effects. Nevertheless, it won’t be dispensed with this year, so we can all look forward to “getting the extra hour” on Sunday. The clock should be turned back at 03:00 on Sunday morning. Sleep tight!

Here’s how to use it in a sentence: “Han glemte alltid å stille klokka til vintertid” (He always forgot to turn the clock to winter time). “Det skal bli deilig å få en ekstra time når vi stiller klokka til vintertid” (It will be good to get the extra hour when we turn the clock to wintertime). COVID-19 Update Ever since the reopening of Norway in late September there have been no new national or local measures of significance inside Norway. However, the number of reported cases has been increasing recently - doubling in the last week - so we do urge everyone to not forget that COVID-19 is still in circulation. The new government has announced that it will not impose new national restrictions now, but they are monitoring the situation and either local or national restrictions may be imposed if necessary. For more information on international travel and travel advice from the Norwegian government click here. If you need to change your foreign corona certificate into a valid Norwegian certificate you can contact your local doctors office (legekontor) and contact your personal doctor (fastlege). How this is done varies from place to place, at certain places you will need to schedule an appointment and other places accept to do it at drop in. Some places charge a sum and others might do it for free, so you will simply have to make contact to find out how your local doctors office does it. There is no fixed sum you necessarily pay for this, though charging a fee is most common. The private clinic Volvat can also make the exchange into a Norwegian certificate and they charge NOK 450 for this. Even though Norway has reopened, there are still restrictions pertaining for travelling into Norway and border entry. For an updated map of countries with the colour coding for travel to Norway click here. For an updated overview of corona and vaccination statistics in Trondheim and Trøndelag click here. For an overview of corona and vaccination statistics in Norway you can click here. If you need to book a test in Trondheim click here.

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