History & Culture
Although quite young, Norway has an extensive history and unique culture. From their union with Denmark and Sweden, to their occupation by Germany during World War II, Denmark has come a long way to become an independant state. Originally inhabited around 10,000 years ago, these first people surivived by hunting and gathering- and in time began to farm. Today's culture is still highly influenced by their humble beginings as the popular cuisine includes salmon, herring, as well as a variety of cheese/diary products- all of which were eaten in the early days of inhabitence. Other than food, Norwegian art is vital to their culture, as they were highly influenced by Germany and Holland (who they were politically affiliated with). Most notably, Norway was home to famed artist Edvard Munch, who is credited with the creation of the iconic Scream painting.
The Norwegian flag- a red background with a blue and white Scandinavian Cross in the foreground- is representative of the country's history and values. The red, white, and blue coloring (inspired from the colors of the French flag) represent liberty and independence, and the inclusion of the Scandinavian Cross gives homage to the ties Norway once held with other Scandinavian nations.
This colorful and unique ornament captures the essence of Norway and would make a perfect gift or addition to your own collection. Celebrate your heritage or remember a visit to this beautiful country.