top of page

When to Use Capital Letters in Norwegian

Norwegian and English have many similarities, but the way we use capital and

lowercase letters is not one of them. Here, we'll go over the similarities and differences so you can learn how to use capital and lowercase letters in Norwegian.

First, let’s go over the similarities.

1. This one is simple. Always capitalize the first word in a sentence.

Correct: Hunden sover. (The dog is sleeping.)

Correct: Det er hyggelig å møte deg. (It's nice to meet you.)

2. Capitalize people's names (first, middle, and last names).

Correct: Jeg heter Stine Emilie Olsen. (My name is Stine Emilie Olsen.)

Correct: Katten min heter Frank. (My cat's name is Frank.)

3. Capitalize the names of countries and cities.

Correct: Jeg er fra Spania. (I am from Spain.)

Correct: Jeg elsker Paris om våren. (I love Paris in the springtime.)

But that's it... Here are the times that we don't use capitalization where in English one would:

3. Don't capitalize days of the week.

Correct: I dag, er det torsdag. (Today, it's Thursday.)

Correct: Jeg liker å sove lenge på lørdager. (I like to sleep in on Saturdays)

4. Don't capitalize months of the year.

Correct: Den korteste måneden i året er februar. (The shortest month of the year is February.)