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  1. In Cod We Trust: Living the Norwegian Dream
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  2. In Cod We Trust: Living the Norwegian Dream

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Eric Dregni’s great-grandfather Ellef fled Norway in 1893 when it was the poorest country in Europe. More than one hundred years later, his great-grandson traveled back to find that—mostly due to oil and natural gas discoveries—it is now the richest. The circumstances of his return were serendipitous, as the notice that Dregni won a Fulbright Fellowship to go there arrived the same week as the knowledge that his wife Katy was pregnant. Braving a birth abroad and benefiting from a remarkably generous health care system, the Dregnis’ family came full circle when their son Eilif was born in Norway.

In this cross-cultural memoir, Dregni tells the hair-raising, hilarious, and sometimes poignant stories of his family’s yearlong Norwegian experiment. Among the exploits he details are staying warm in a remote grass-roofed hytte (hut), surviving a dinner of rakfisk (fermented fish) thanks to 80-proof aquavit, and identifying his great-grandfather’s house in the Lusterfjord only to find out it had been crushed by a boulder and then swept away by a river. To subsist on a student stipend, he rides the meat bus to Sweden for cheap salami with a busload of knitting pensioners. A week later, he and his wife travel to the Lofoten Islands and gnaw on klippefisk (dried cod) while cats follow them through the streets.

Dregni’s Scandinavian roots do little to prepare him and his family for the year in Trondheim eating herring cakes, obeying the conformist Janteloven (Jante’s law), and enduring the mørketid (dark time). In Cod We Trust is one Minnesota family’s spirited excursion into Scandinavian life. The land of the midnight sun is far stranger than they previously thought, and their encounters show that there is much we can learn from its unique and surprising culture.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

A young man and pregnant wife move to Trondheim, Norway for a year of research. We know about the relatives who came here; this is the experience of one of us who goes there and finds the Norwegians just as strange as the Americans must have been to my grandparents. Along the way we learn about their health care system, their social mores (“Janteloven”), their food and Aquavit, the meat bus to Sweden, what to do when the sun doesn’t come up and the Home Land. Absolutely delightful.
This narrative describes the experiences of an American couple living in Norway. Their description and reaction to the local customs are interesting for other Americans who plan to visit this country.
I have read this book a couple of times and also sent it as a gift to a relative. Who knew Norway is oil-rich? I didn't! The book gives good insight into modern Norwegian culture. It is funny and very interesting as the author and his wife try to make there way in their new (ancestral) homeland. For instance: some Norwegians bundle their babies up and put them outside to sleep! I have been sleeping with my window open since I read this...evidently cold air is good for you. And I am desperate to try porridge! You will enjoy this book.
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