The main indoor activity in Norway is reading. According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, Norwegians read more than any other nation in the world, spending an average of 500 kroner a year per capita on books. More than 2,000 new titles are published annually in Norway. Around 10% of these are novels, collections of short stories and books of poetry, written by Norwegian authors.
The second half of the last century, with the Nobel-Prize-winning Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson and the world famous playwright Henrik Ibsen leading the way, is known as "The Golden Age". Knut Hamsun began his writing career around the turn of the century, followed by Sigrid Undset (Nobel Prize winners in 1920 and 1928).
Among the best known Norwegian writers today are Knut Faldbakken, Jostein Gaarder, Kjell Askildsen, Roy Jacobsen, Herbjørg Wassmo and Bjørg Vik.
"Bryggen" in Bergen
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