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Documents reveal 2,000-year-old Egyptian youth organization

In Roman Egypt, 14-year-old boys were enrolled in a youth organization in order to learn to be good citizens.

Swedish glass production 300 years older than historians believed

A large lump of glass is shedding new light on the history of glass production in Sweden.

Swedes and Danes dominate Scandinavian Midsummer Eve

A survey shows only 15 percent of Norwegians now celebrate the ancient festivities around the summer solstice.

Video: Interview with Holberg Prize 2014 winner

Professor Michael Cook discusses Islam’s resurgence and how this ties in with political developments.

When rebels dressed in national costumes

Today is Norwegian Constitution Day. Dressing up in national costumes is a big part of the traditional celebration. But no more than a hundred years ago, people were spat on for dressing this way.

An historical look at meditation

Nowadays, numerous people meditate without a religious purpose, but the word "meditation" does in fact come from Christianity.

Beer brewing – from tradition to trend

There is a renewed interest in micro-brewing in Norway. Tradition and history are important ingredients. While taste is more important than ever.

Suffering morphs into cosiness in Easter celebrations

Anyone who wishes to be faithful to old Norwegian Easter traditions should eat salted herring and black pudding on Long Friday.

What do you know about Lawrence of Rome?

The EU wants people to get more interested in their cultural heritage, and is starting pilot projects in England, Spain and Norway.

A treasure trove of Arabic terms

Are the terms alcohol and kohl related? Yes, if we trace their origins. An Arabic etymological term base, the first of its kind, can provide new knowledge about Arab identity and cultural history.