Why going to Birken?

Birken is a popular 54 km winter cross country ski race in Norway

Norwegians are eager to participate

Tickets costing over 180 USD are sold out several months before the event each year 

A foreigner may wonder why Norwegians pay so much to cross country ski in the cold for half a day

This is one of the best opportunities for a Norwegian to show their friends and colleagues how good they are at suffering

Physical suffering is an important part of the Norwegian culture

It provides Norwegian with a great feeling of accomplishment

This year no one died

It was a good year

Thousands of Norwegians participated

They waited patiently in the cold for the race to start

They were looking forward to the next 4 hours of intense physical activity under minus degrees

Do well at Birken and the largest national business newspaper will publish your name and race time

Together with the name of the company you work for and your position there

By showing publicly that you have great physical abilities

That you are in good shape

That you endure pain under the cold for several hours in silence

You will increase your credibility, trust and respect

In the eyes of your Norwegian bosses, employees and clients

It is also one of the few opportunities Norwegians have to boost their social status

Even the royals take part in this competition

This is beautiful

Where else in the world would it be safe enough

for a future King to ski in public for 54 km?

Enjoy Norway :)



Read more about our amazing Norwegian friends in Our Social Guidebooks to Norway 


By Julien S. Bourrelle

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