The first day of summer 2013 in the United States, the longest day of the year, still has less sunlight than northern Norway right now. Territories in the arctic circle have, effectively, 60 first days of summer.
Making a bed in Norway is different than in America. The sheet sizes come in metric, not full, queen, or king, and it is the custom for couples, though they sleep on the same bed, to have their own sheets and duvet.
Expat couples heading abroad leave behind a support network of friends and family. To fill in those roles, expat couples become one another's action-movie obsessed brother, chatty sister, or stew-cooking mom.
Back in America for a short stint away from her life in Norway, Saleha Mohsin starts noticing what she took for granted while growing up in the US. Huge fruit, paper money, and friendly conversation – being back in America is chipping away at her expatriate enthusiasm.
Parent power: Norway's generous parental leave creates a social space for the stroller mafia that clogs cafes and stops traffic. It's a perfect place to be as a new parent.
Is it Christmas without butter? Norway may offer lavish social benefits from universal healthcare to generous parental leave, but it doesn't have enough cows to produce enough butter.
Norway has a liberal paternity leave policy that places equal responsibilities on men and women. In turn, this progressively redefines traditional gender roles.