Norway personal reflections

USA Branded Bergen

There are quite a number of Americans in Bergen, Norway. I did not come across any Americans during four days in the southeast Norway coastal towns of Larvik and Sandefjord. So I guess it is not surprising to discover USA branded Bergen. Think Starbucks, McDonald’s, Burger King, 7-Eleven. And of course there is the ubiquitous Subway sandwich shops I have seen all over Bergen, Oslo, Sandefjord and even Larvik, Norway.

Yet, these USA branded Bergen businesses have a distinctive character you are unlikely to recognize in the USA.

Take a look at these USA brands in Bergen.

Starbucks Bergen, Norway

Starbucks Coffee next to the Hanseatic League Museum.

Across the street from Starbucks is McDonalds.

McDonald’s Bergen, Norway

I wonder if they serve Coke Zero at this Middle Eastern café?

CocaCola Coke Zero at Ali Baba Bergen, Norway

I recall 7-Eleven stores all over Singapore, so not too surprised to find them in Bergen, Norway too.

7-Eleven Bergen
7-Eleven Bergen, Norway

Then there is Subway, the home of the 25 Norwegian kroner ($4.25) six-inch skinke (ham) sandwich. They metric size the small sub as 15 centimeters here.

Subway Larvik, Norway featuring the 15-cm skinke sub at the bargain price of 25 NOK ($4.25 USD).

All the Subway shops I have seen look like normal Subway.

Of course you can go uniquely Norwegian with seafood you won’t find anywhere in the USA.

Whale hamburger
Whale Hamburger is distinctively minke and Norwegian.


Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.

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