Top Ten Norwegian Proverbs

January 8th, 2015 | by Johnnny
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Greetings from Norway! This is no joke.

Hammerfest, Norway – The entire FM Observer staff is here in Hammerfest, Norway for their annual Hammerfest. We also needed to buy a hammer for our workshop and decided this would be the perfect place to do some hammer shopping.

While here, we discovered that Norway is known for much more than all those Norwegian jokes. Ole and Lena’s country is also rich with some wonderful and wise old proverbs.

So, as promised during a beer toast, here is our much-awaited list of the Top Ten Norwegian Proverbs, brought to you by the FM Observer, and by the entire country of Norway. Enjoy!

#10: Do not sell the hide until you have shot the bear.

#9: A small grass tuft can topple a big cart load.

#8: Carve your good words in stone, the bad in snow.

#7: Behind the clouds, the sky is always blue.

#6: No one can help someone who will not help themselves.

#5: There is hope as long as your fishing line is in the water.

#4: Do not report the weather while standing in a garage.

#3: An empty head gets the easiest sleep.

#2: No such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.

#1: More cooks make a bigger mess.


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