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A Background of Norway’s Surprising Coffee Culture

Norway is a coffee-loving country, and its citizens are some of the biggest consumers of this beverage in the world. According to a recent study, the average Norwegian drinks four cups of coffee daily.

Norwegians have a long history of coffee consumption, and the country is home to several iconic coffee brands and cafés. In recent years, the Norwegian coffee culture has been growing in popularity, with more and more people embracing the tradition of enjoying coffee with friends or family.

They even drink coffee at night as an accompaniment to their favorite Scandinavian desserts. No wonder the country is one of the world's leading bean consumers.

A Quick Background

Coffee arrived in Norway at the end of 1600 but only became a hit around 1850. The first coffeehouses started appearing in Oslo and soon spread to other cities.

In 1842, the Norwegian government banned liquor, which led many people to turn to coffee as a replacement for their usual digestif. While coffee may not have the same reputation as alcohol, it can still be an enjoyable and stimulating drink.

Coffee is so ingrained in the country's culture that it's not uncommon for children to start drinking it at a young age. This trend has caused concern among the medical community because coffee contains caffeine, which can harm developing brains.

Coffee became increasingly popular as a social drink, and coffeehouses became places where people would gather to chat, read the newspapers, and catch up on the latest gossip while indulging in their favorite Scandinavian desserts.

During the second world war, there was a shortage of coffee, and at one time, imports altogether ceased. To keep the coffee flowing, Norway began trading dried cod (abundant in the country) for coffee with Brazil. Today, coffee is an integral part of Norwegian culture, and you can find a good cup of coffee anywhere in the country.

Modern Statistics

As Norwegians are becoming wealthier, coffee consumption is growing along with people's higher incomes. It is due to several factors, including the increasing popularity of specialty coffees, the growing number of coffee shops, and the higher disposable incomes of Norwegians.

Specialty coffees, such as those made with organic beans or fair trade certifications, are becoming more popular in Norway. It is likely due to the growing awareness of the environmental and social impact of the coffee industry. As more Norwegians become aware of the coffee industry's issues, they are willing to pay more for ethically and sustainably sourced coffees.

The number of coffee shops in Norway has also been growing recently. Coffee shops are now seen as more than just places to get coffee. They are also seen as social spaces where people can meet and relax. It has made them particularly popular with young people.


The Norwegian tradition of drinking coffee while eating popular Scandinavian desserts is a great way to socialize with friends and family while enjoying the flavors of both treats.

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