Well, let me tell you why Norvegia is the people's choice
: they have no alternative.
Norwegian supermarkets are utterly depressing places. The vegetable department sells white cabbage, carrots, and, if you're lucky, cucumbers. If you're extremely lucky, onions. The vegetables are easy to spot, being the only objects that aren't in fridges or cardboard boxes.
There is cheese there, thoroughly plastified, produced by Tine, the new fancy trade name used by Norske Meierier, the Norwegian national dairy company.
The cheese comes in three varieties:
- entirely without taste or any other distinctive quality (Norvegia)
- with an acquired aftertaste. obtained by adding whey (brown cheese) - except for the sweet, strange aftertaste and the different colour, it's candle wax just like Norvegia
- the same, only stronger: dark brown candle wax cheese, made out of goat's milk
If I ever moved to Norway, I wouldn't mind the snow.