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World's Strangest National Anthems

Norway

Listening to Norway’s oddly casual national anthem is like listening to one end of a phone conversation. Titled “Ja, Vi Elsker Dette Landet (Yes, We Love This Country),” it was written in 1868 by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, who subsequently went on to win a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1903. In typical Scandinavian style, the battle mentioned in the lyrics is solved not by conflict but by throwing away weapons.

Sure, we were not many
But we were enough,
When we were tested sometimes…

The enemy threw away his weapon,
Up the visor went,
We, in wonder, to him hastened,
Because he was our brother.

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