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Featured in Forbes Magazine as one of the 5 most revealing books about Scandinavia, “A Frog in the Fjord – One Year in Norway” is rated in top 10 best selling books about Norway on Amazon.

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A Frog in the Fjord - One Year in Norway

Article in Forbes Magazine

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Norway Today Interview

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This author wrote a book about her experience of moving to Norway

About The Book

Norwegians are the happiest people in the world, but can anyone else be happy in Norway?
Lorelou, a French woman in her mid-20s from Provence region gets a job in Oslo, Norway. She is not too inspired by this Arctic country. Are Norwegian people as cold as their weather? She is however curious to discover the Northern lights, and explore the the country’s famous landscapes.

So many things are weird about Norwegian people: they go skiing in the middle of the city, take their holidays in cabins with neither water nor electricity, lit candles to make things koselig and have strange names like Odd and Bored. Learning Norwegian language, making local friends and dating are proving to be much harder than she thought. She has one year to figure out whether she wants to live there for good and make Norway her home.

Whether you are interested in Norway for travels, because of your family’s heritage, your love for a special Norwegian person, or because you work or study here, this book is a must-read.

Jane F. Erickson on Amazon.

I really enjoyed reading “A Frog in the Fjord – One Year in Norway”. My husband is of Norwegian descent, and this book gives a lot of insight into Norwegian men. The author writes about aspects of Norway that aren’t covered in any travel guide. I recommend it for its frankness and casual writing style. I’ve already sent it to friends as a gift.

William H. DeRoche on Amazon.

In “A Frog in the Fjord”, Lorelou Desjardins recounts her first year living in Norway. Her observations are candid, perceptive, judicious, and often amusing. The reader shares her successes and setbacks in adjusting to the aloof Norwegian Culture. If you are interested what is happening in Norway and I mean what is happening to the average Norwegian, then Lorelou is your guide.

David Nikel in Forbes Magazine.

“A Frog in the Fjord: One Year in Norway” by Lorelou Desjardins is the very funny tale of a French woman’s first year living in Oslo. The book chronicles her desire to figure out the Norwegian lifestyle, from the obsession with the outdoors to the passive aggressive workplace. It’s another book that’s part travelogue as Desjardins visits Norway’s very own ‘bible belt’ in the rural south and meets the Sami people of northern Norway on her quest to find her own place in Norwegian life.

About the author.

Lorelou Desjardins is originally from Provence in France. She has traveled the world before moving to Norway, where she has now been living for 12 years. She has worked for numerous environmental and human rights NGOs, and is also the blogger behind, as well as author of two books on Norwegian culture. She is a columnist for VG, Norway’s most read newspaper, and holds workshops for companies and universities to help foreigners integrate in the Norwegian society.

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Lorelou Desjardins

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