Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Monday, June 11, 2007

Larger fines

Norway is well known for its large fines for breaking the law. Especially speeding can cause very large fines. Some fines, however, are not quite as well known.

Norwegians who decide to fall in love with a foreigner does not automatically have the right to a family life. He or she has to pay a fairly large fine for littering the Norwegian racial gene pool. Last year, the fine was NOK 800 (ca €100). January 1st 2007, the fine increased 37.5% to NOK 1100 (ca €138). Only six months later, on June 1st 2007, the fine made another 173% jump to NOK 3000 (ca €375), which results in a 275% increase over only six months. I wished my own salary increased this fast.

Well, the Norwegian who doesn't keep the race clean basically has two choices: Pay the fine (equivalent to driving 75 km/h in the 60 km/h limit) four years in a row and maybe keep your family or get the heck out of the country.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Mun lean Hulk

I don't speak Saami, but I have learned a little bit. I wrote this little piece to practice.

Buore beaivvi!

Mun lean Hulk.
Mun boran mánáid. Mun geahččalan heaitit.
Mus lea ruoná oaivi. Mun orun Marrasis.
Mu vuostá lea ruoná.
Ruoná vuostá ii leat buorre.
Gos lea hivsset?

Mus lea fiskes soajahisbáidi, rukses buvssat, vilges Ski-doo sohkkat ja čuvgesrukses sisbuvssat.

Mu girdi lea ráhtu. In beassan mannat ruoktot.
Mu olbmát leat Inga ja Frank. Gunn lea Hulka moarsi, arrrrr.
Dáppe lea su ruovttusiidu: http://www.stud.ntnu.no/~annenils/gunn/