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The Norwegian Cabin Obsession 

Norwegian culture boasts a deep-seated affection for cabins, known as "Hytte" in Norwegian. These rustic retreats hold a special place in the hearts of Norwegians, dotting the landscape with their quaint charm. From the rugged peaks of the mountains to the serene shores of the coastline, these cabins come in various shapes and sizes, each offering its own unique slice of tranquility.

Picture the stereotypical Norwegian cabin: a weathered, red wooden abode, typically around 50 square meters in size, nestled atop a mountain, amidst dense forest, or gazing out onto the coastal horizon. Yet, beyond their exterior, what truly unites these cabins is their integral role in "friluftsliv," the cherished Norwegian outdoor lifestyle. In fact, the Norwegian Tourism Board boldly proclaims that the hytte is intertwined with the very essence of the Norwegian soul.

However, the modern interpretation of the hytte extends beyond the traditional image. Today, "hytte" encompasses a spectrum of wooden holiday cottages, ranging from cozy retreats to lavish getaways equipped with all the comforts of urban living, including electricity and indoor plumbing. Surprisingly, some of these cabins even rival the opulence of their owners' city apartments. Statistics Norway sheds light on the staggering scale of Norway's cabin culture, revealing approximately 440,000 such properties scattered across the country. This statistic is particularly remarkable considering Norway's modest population of just over 5 million people, underscoring the profound attachment Norwegians have to their cherished retreats amidst nature's embrace.

20 NOVEMBER 2023

BY MICHELLE

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