Every year the Norwegian language council (Språkrådet) and Gisle Andersen, professor at Norges handelshøyskole (NHH), names the new word of the year. This word has been sigificnt in the media and among people during the last year. By looking at the new words over the last years you get an insight in what has been dominating the news and our society in Norway.

2016: Everyday Integration (Hverdagsintegrering)
Referring to regular people’s efforts to integrate refugees and immigrants into our society.

2015: The Green Shift (Det grønne skiftet)
A lot of people in Norway has become more into thinking green. and The Green Party  had great results in the municipal elections.

2014: Foreign Warrior (Fremmedkriger)
The civil wars in Syria and Irak was dominating the news, and the conflict has come closer by Norwegians going to the warzones to fight, on both sides.

2013: Slow-TV (Sakte-TV)
Over the last years TV-shows such as Nasjonal vedkveld, Nasjonal strikkekveld, Bergensbanen minutt for minutt and Hurtigruten minutt for minutt has become very popular. These shows show events happening in real time. Some say that slow-TV is a reaction to the stress of today’s everyday life.

2012: To Nave/Naving  (Å nave /Naving)
Naving is a creative word, often used by young people. It refers to taking a year off, and living on financial support from NAV (support from the government, that you receive when you don’t have a job).

2011: Rose march (Rosetog)
This word came to be after the terror attacks in Oslo July 22, when people all over the country marched with roses in their hands, to show sympathy with those who lost loved ones in the atacks. It’s a totally new word, created by two already established words (rose and tog).

2010: Ash stuck (Askefast)
There was a vulcanic outburst on Island this year, which created a lot of problems for pepole flying. Askefast refers to being stuck because of ash, not able to fly.

2009: Swineflu (Svineinfluensa)
April 24 this year, the swineflu broke out in Mexico. During the rest of the year, Norwegian newspapers used this word more than 8500 times.

2008: Financial Crisis (Finanskrise)
The fall 2008 this dominated the media totally, not only in Norway.


Kilde: Språkrådet