10 Norwegian movies and series to add to your watchlist


Since we know that you love our blog posts about fun ways of learning Norwegian, we have put together another list of Norwegian movies and series that you should definitely add to this year’s watchlist.

Norway has a thriving film and television industry. In the past few years, there have been several outstanding Norwegian language movies and TV series that have caught the attention of audiences worldwide. In this blog post we already discussed the benefits of watching movies in a foreign language, so today we will share some new Norwegian favourites with you.

1. Beforeigners (TV series, 2019-2021)

Beforeigners (Fremvandrerne) is a sci-fi crime drama that explores the concept of time travel. The show takes place in modern-day Oslo, where mysterious time portals have started to appear, allowing people from different time periods to arrive in the present day. The series follows the investigations of two police officers, one from the Viking Age and one from the present, while they try to solve a series of murders.

2. Ragnarok (TV series, 2020-2021)

Ragnarok is a fantasy drama series that takes place in a small Norwegian town where strange weather patterns and supernatural events are occurring. The show follows a group of teenagers as they discover that they have been chosen to fight against the gods in an upcoming battle.

3. Home for Christmas (TV series, 2019-2020)

Even though the holiday season is well and truly over, we can’t leave out this adorable and cosy Norwegian Christmas series from the list. Home for Christmas (Hjem til jul) is a heartwarming romantic comedy series about a woman who sets a deadline to find a boyfriend in time for Christmas. She tries to avoid the dreaded family questions we are all too familiar with. The show follows Johanne’s search for love, relatable dating struggles and awkward moments along the way. The series has been praised for its warm and relatable storyline, charming characters, and stunning cinematography.

4. Norsemen (TV series, 2016-2020)

Norsemen is a comedy series that takes place in a small Viking village in the late 8th century. The show is known for its sharp wit and clever writing. In addition, it features a talented cast of Norwegian actors, who deliver their lines with a perfect balance of humour and seriousness. The show has been praised for its ability to seamlessly blend historical accuracy with modern-day humour. The series was filmed twice, once in Norwegian and once in English. Surely, we’d recommend the Norwegian version. 😉

5. Narvik (movie, 2022)

Narvik is a Norwegian war drama film set in 1940 in a small town of Narvik in northern Norway. The town was the source of the iron ore needed for Hitler’s war machinery. The movie follows a group of Norwegian soldiers as they fight against the invading German army in Narvik. Through two months of fierce winter warfare, Hitler is dealt his first defeat. Narvik is a must-watch for anyone interested in the history of Norway during World War II or for those who enjoy war dramas.

6. The Worst Person in the World (movie, 2021)

The Worst Person in the World (Verdens verste menneske) is a Norwegian romantic comedy that premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. The movie follows Julie, a young woman in her late twenties, as she navigates the difficulties of love and everyday life in Oslo. With a unique visual style and engaging performances, Verdens verste menneske is a delightful and thought-provoking film.

7. Exit (TV series, 2019-)
Norwegian series "Exit"

Exit is a gripping drama series that follows a group of wealthy and successful businessmen as they navigate their way through the darker side of Oslo’s high society. The show explores themes of power, greed, and corruption, and features strong performances from its ensemble cast. All in all, Exit is a thrilling and intense series that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.

8. The Painter and the Thief (movie, 2020)
Kunstneren og tyven cover photo

The Painter and the Thief (Kunstneren og tyven) is a powerful documentary about an unlikely friendship between a Norwegian artist and the man who stole two of her paintings. The film follows the artist as she forms a bond with the thief and tries to understand his motivations for stealing her artwork. The Painter and the Thief is a moving and insightful look at the complexities of human relationships.

9. Lilyhammer (TV series, 2012-2014)

Though technically not from the past few years, Lilyhammer is a fabulous dark comedy TV series starring Steven Van Zandt. The show follows an ex-New York mobster who enters the witness protection program and moves to Lillehammer, Norway. There, he tries to adapt to a new way of life and starts a nightclub. Nevertheless, his past soon catches up to him. Without doubt, Lilyhammer is a must-watch for anyone who enjoys quirky and unique comedies.

10. Dag (TV series, 2010-2015)
Norwegian movie "Dag" picture

Last, another oldie but goldie. Dag, is a Norwegian comedy-drama series that follows the life of a marriage counsellor named Dag. The show explores the complexities of relationships and human nature with a dark, dry humour. Dag is an excellent example of Norwegian storytelling, while its amazing cast makes it an incredibly engaging and entertaining series.

There you go, hours and hours of entertainment that will also help you improve your Norwegian language skills. Whether you’re a fan of comedy, action, or drama, there’s definitely something for you among these Norwegian movies and TV shows. Enjoy!

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