Norwegians Google like everyone else, but for things particularly Norwegian, they often Kvasir. Search engine Kvasir revealed one of the favorite lists for Internet users, the most ‘sought after’ people in Norway. Unsurprisingly, the list is dominated by attractive young women who have gained fame or notoriety in a variety of ways.
Pop culture is a quick route to getting to know a place, so this list is a crash course in pop Norway. The winner, Tone Damli Aaberge, is a typical modern celebrity. After nearly winning Norwegian Pop Idol in 2005, Ms. Aaberge has had a more successful music career than most of the show’s winners, and she has stayed in the spotlight thanks to a run in Strictly Come Dancing … and from being extremely photogenic.
The reader might want to have a quick search of some of the other names, I must confess that I don’t recognize them all. The most interesting one is arguably artist Marianne Aulie, who is famous for her series of paintings about clowns, and also for using her … extremely photogenic body to promote her painting career.
Aulie, a protégé of the Sand family of artists, has used a potent combination of scandal and nudity to promote her art career. Her latest stint in the headlines came after she appeared panty-less on a high profile TV talk show.
The only man to break into the top ten was Eurovision Song Contest winner Alexander Rybak.
Kvasir information consultant Renate Morken told finance web site E24.no that the result showed that Norwegians tended to be most curious about Norwegians, and their curiosity was piqued by Norwegian TV.
A number of academics and industry figures were quizzed for their reactions to the list, but they were unable to produce anything profound. Sociologist Trond Blindheim at the Oslo College of Marketing at least summed it up well: “Before you had to have done or be someone special to be famous. Walk to the North Pole, win medals or be part of the royal family. Now the requirements of celebrity are far more democratic. The only talent you need is an enormous urge for exposure – and to be liked.”
The top ten:
1. Tone Damli Aaberge
2. Triana Iglesias
3. Marianne Aulie
4. Aylar Lie
5. Isabella Martinsen
6. Jenny Skavlan
7. Alexander Rybak
8. Anne Rimmen
9. Sandra Lyng Haugen
10. Alexandra Kakurina