1000 most common Norwegian words

Here is a list of the most common words in the Norwegian language. There are several official forms of the Norwegian language, here we use Norwegian Bokmål which is the most common of the official standards.

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List of the most common Norwegian vocabulary words

  1. i [preposition] (in)
  2. og [conjunction] (and)
  3. være [verb] (to be)
  4. en [determiner] (a, an) In Norwegian, the definite article is placed in front of the noun, while the indefinite article is in most cases a suffix which is added to the end of the noun.
  5. det [pronoun] (that)
  6. [preposition] (on)
  7. ha [verb] (to have)
  8. å [particle] (to)
  9. til [preposition] (to)
  10. som [pronoun] (which)
  11. for [preposition] (for)
  12. av [preposition] (by)
  13. med [preposition] (with)
  14. at [conjunction] (that)
  15. de [pronoun] (they, those)
  16. ikke [particle] (not) This common Norwegian word comes from the Old Norse word “ekki” which means “not”.
  17. bli [verb] (to become, to stay)
  18. vi [pronoun] (we) interestingly the pronoun “we” ranks above the pronoun “I” in this list of the most common Norwegian words. This linguistic observation may be seen as an indication of the collectivist rather than individualistic nature of Norwegian society. For more on this, see this article on Janteloven.
  19. om [preposition] (around, about)
  20. jeg [pronoun] (I)
  21. kunne [verb] (could)
  22. den [determiner] (the, it)
  23. du [pronoun] (you)
  24. [verb] (to get, to receive, to be allowed to) This common Norwegian verb comes from the Old Norse verb “fá”. Swedish and Danish, which are languages that like Norwegian descend from Old Norse, also have the verb “få”.
  25. fra [preposition] (from)
  26. han [pronoun] (he)
  27. men [conjunction] (but)
  28. skulle [verb] (should, would)
  29. si [verb] (to say)
  30. ville [verb] (will, would)
  31. seg [pronoun] (oneself, itself)
  32. mye [adverb] (a lot, much)
  33. mange [adjective] (many)
  34. god [adjective] (good) The opposite of this word, which is “dårlig” and means “bad” also appears in this list of the most common Norwegian words.
  35. [adverb] (so)
  36. også [adverb] (also)
  37. etter [preposition] (after)
  38. dette [pronoun] (this)
  39. år [noun] (a year)
  40. ta [verb] (to take)
  41. annen [determiner] (other)
  42. eller [conjunction] (or)
  43. komme [verb] (to come)
  44. gjøre [verb] (to do)
  45. ut [preposition] (outside)
  46. se [verb] (to see)
  47. [adverb] (now)
  48. måtte [verb] (must)
  49. stor [adjective] (great)
  50. sin [pronoun] (his, her)
  51. ny [adjective] (new) The opposite of this word, which is “gammel” and means “old” is also in this list of common Norwegian words.
  52. noen [determiner] (somebody, someone)
  53. [verb] (to go)
  54. ved [preposition] (by)
  55. da [adverb] (then)
  56. dag [noun] (a day)
  57. hun [pronoun] (she)
  58. hel [adjective] (whole)
  59. over [preposition] (above)
  60. opp [preposition] (upwards)
  61. når [conjunction] (when)
  62. man [pronoun] (people, one, they)
  63. gi [verb] (to give)
  64. mot [preposition] (against)
  65. denne [determiner] (this)
  66. all [determiner] (all)
  67. inn [preposition] (inside)
  68. her [adverb] (here)
  69. to [numeral] (two)
  70. før [preposition] (before)
  71. selv [adverb] (oneself)
  72. bruke [verb] (to use)
  73. enn [preposition] (than)
  74. vår [pronoun] (our)
  75. slik [adverb] (like this, in this way)
  76. Norge [proper noun] (Norway) Unsurprisingly, the common proper noun in this list is “Norge” which means “Norway”. The names of major Norwegian cities also appear among the most common Norwegian words, but further down the list.
  77. foto [noun] (photo)
  78. bare [adverb] (only)
  79. der [conjunction] (there)
  80. hva [pronoun] (what)
  81. liten [adjective] (small)
  82. tid [noun] (time)
  83. mene [verb] (to mean)
  84. gang [noun] (entrance)
  85. finne [verb] (to find)
  86. sist [adjective] (last)
  87. politi [noun] (police)
  88. hvor [adverb] (where)
  89. noe [pronoun] (something)
  90. litt [adjective] (a little)
  91. legge [verb] (to lay)
  92. norsk [adjective] (Norwegian)
  93. under [preposition] (under)
  94. både [conjunction] (both)
  95. vise [verb] (to show)
  96. ønske [verb] (to wish) This word comes from the Old Norse word “ósk”. See here for a comparison of Norwegian and Old Norse.
  97. barn [noun] (child)
  98. stå [verb] (to stand)
  99. viktig [adjective] (important) This Norwegian word originates from Middle Low German, and the corresponding modern German word is “wichtig”.
  100. tidlig [adjective] (early)
  101. din [pronoun] (your)
  102. lang [adjective] (long)
  103. første [adjective] (first)
  104. mann [noun] (a man)
  105. sette [verb] (to set)
  106. tro [verb] (to believe)
  107. mellom [preposition] (between)
  108. tre [numeral] (three)
  109. siden [conjunction] (since)
  110. sak [noun] (a case)
  111. skrive [verb] (to write)
  112. hvordan [adverb] (how)
  113. del [noun] (share)
  114. egen [determiner] (own)
  115. blant [preposition] (among)
  116. rett [adjective] (right)
  117. kommune [noun] (municipality)
  118. disse [determiner] (these)
  119. land [noun] (country)
  120. hver [determiner] (each)
  121. igjen [adverb] (again)
  122. uten [preposition] (without)
  123. veldig [adverb] (very, really)
  124. fortelle [verb] (to tell)
  125. hvis [conjunction] (if)
  126. kamp [noun] (a battle)
  127. ingen [pronoun] (nobody, no one)
  128. rundt [preposition] (around)
  129. sammen [adverb] (together)
  130. uke [noun] (a week)
  131. gjennom [preposition] (through)
  132. nok [adverb] (enough)
  133. burde [verb] (to should)
  134. holde [verb] (to hold)
  135. Oslo [proper noun] (Oslo) Oslo is the capital of Norway.
  136. møte [verb] (to meet)
  137. ligge [verb] (to lie down, to be situated)
  138. min [pronoun] (my, mine)
  139. vite [verb] (to know)
  140. krone [noun] This word refers to the currency of Norway.
  141. like [adverb] (as, equally)
  142. skje [verb] (to happen)
  143. sted [noun] (a place)
  144. samme [determiner] (same)
  145. følge [verb] (to follow) This Norwegian word comes from the German word “Folge”.
  146. derfor [adverb] (therefore)
  147. høy [adjective] (high)
  148. jobbe [verb] (to work)
  149. person [noun] (a person)
  150. lese [verb] (to read)
  151. gammel [adjective] (old)
  152. ned [preposition]
  153. bil [noun] (a car)
  154. klar [adjective] (clear)
  155. vei [noun] (road)
  156. alt [pronoun] (everything)
  157. folk [noun] (a people)
  158. ifølge [preposition] (according to)
  159. øke [verb] (to increase)
  160. én [numeral] (one)
  161. bilde [noun] (picture)
  162. hos [preposition] (at)
  163. mulig [adjective] (possible) This adjective is related to the noun “mulighet” which also appears in this list of the most common Norwegian words.
  164. spille [verb] (to play)
  165. mål [noun] (target, measurement)
  166. mens [conjunction] (while)
  167. velge [verb] (to choose)
  168. grunn [noun] (reason)
  169. prosent [noun] (percent)
  170. måte [noun] (way)
  171. tillegg [noun] (an addition)
  172. kveld [noun] (evening) A synonym of this word is “aften”.
  173. tilbake [preposition]
  174. kanskje [adverb] (maybe)
  175. sende [verb] (to send)
  176. lenge [adjective] (for a long time )
  177. vid [adjective] (wide)
  178. jo [adverb] (yes)
  179. kvinne [noun] (a woman)
  180. lag [noun] (a layer)
  181. million [noun] (a million)
  182. lage [verb] (to make)
  183. trenge [verb] (to need)
  184. fordi [conjunction] (because)
  185. mulighet [noun] (a possibility, an opportunity) This noun is formed by adding the suffix “-het” to the adjective “mulig” which means “possible”. The Danish language also has the same word, except that it is spelled “mulighed”. That word is among the most common Danish words.
  186. plass [noun] (a place)
  187. kjøre [verb] (to drive)
  188. alle [pronoun] (everyone)
  189. starte [verb] (to start)
  190. skole [noun] (a school)
  191. tenke [verb] (to think)
  192. vinne [verb] (to win)
  193. bruk [noun] (use)
  194. enkel [adjective] (simple)
  195. dersom [conjunction] (if)
  196. fortsatt [adverb] (still)
  197. svær [adjective] (heavy)
  198. område [noun] (an area)
  199. dere [pronoun] (you)
  200. skade [noun] (damage)
  201. bra [adjective] (good)
  202. frem [preposition] (forward, forth)
  203. ulik [adjective] (different) This adjective is formed by adding the prefix “u-” to the adjective “lik” which means “equal”. The Norwegian prefix “-u” corresponds to the English prefix “un-”.
  204. liv [noun] (life)
  205. gjelde [verb] (to apply)
  206. fire [numeral] (four)
  207. verden [noun] (world)
  208. løp [noun] (a run)
  209. neste [determiner]
  210. menneske [noun] (a human being)
  211. sterk [adjective] (strong)
  212. samtidig [adjective] (simultaneous)
  213. spesiell [adjective] (special)
  214. nær [adjective] (near)
  215. forhold [noun] (relationship)
  216. synes [verb] (to think, to consider, to seem)
  217. arbeid [noun] (work) The origin of this Norwegian word is the German word “arbeit”.
  218. jobb [noun] (job)
  219. side [noun] (a page)
  220. hvilken [pronoun] (which)
  221. sitte [verb] (to sit)
  222. ofte [adverb] (often)
  223. slå [verb] (to beat)
  224. allerede [adverb] (already)
  225. klare [verb] (to clear)
  226. melde [verb] (to report)
  227. spørsmål [noun] (a question)
  228. lett [adjective] (easy)
  229. leder [noun] (a leader)
  230. vanskelig [adjective] (difficult)
  231. fin [adjective] (fine)
  232. problem [noun] (problem)
  233. begynne [verb] (to begin)
  234. ting [noun] (a thing)
  235. heller [adverb] (rather)
  236. kun [adverb] (only)
  237. likevel [adverb] (nevertheless)
  238. time [noun]
  239. først [adverb] (first)
  240. by [noun] (city)
  241. hans [pronoun] (his)
  242. skape [verb] (to create)
  243. dermed [adverb] (thus)
  244. snakke [verb] (to talk) Double consonants frequently appear in the spelling of Norwegian words. This is because they serve to indicate vowel length. A double consonant indicates that the preceding vowel is short.
  245. eksempel [noun] (an example)
  246. kjøpe [verb] (to buy)
  247. informasjon [noun] (information)
  248. minutt [noun] (a minute)
  249. pris [noun] (price)
  250. be [verb] (to pray)
  251. aldri [adverb] (never) This common Norwegian adverb is covered in our guide to Norwegian adverbs. Its opposite (its antonym) is “alltid”.
  252. bak [preposition] (behind)
  253. finnes [verb] (to occur, to be found)
  254. full [adjective] (full)
  255. prøve [verb] (to try, to test)
  256. bidra [verb] (to contribute)
  257. føre [verb] (to lead)
  258. fjor [noun] This Norwegian word is used in the prepositional phrase “i fjor” which means “last year”.
  259. stille [verb] As an adjective or as an adverb this Norwegian word means “silent” or “silently”, but as a verb its meaning can be “to place”, “to set”.
  260. søndag [noun] (Sunday)
  261. fram [preposition]
  262. sen [adjective] (late)
  263. alltid [adverb] (always)
  264. måned [noun] (month)
  265. bygge [verb] (to build)
  266. hjelpe [verb] (to help)
  267. lite [adjective] (small)
  268. håpe [verb] (to hope)
  269. støtte [noun] (support)
  270. fredag [noun] (Friday)
  271. kreve [verb] (to demand)
  272. dårlig [adjective] (bad)
  273. kort [adjective] (short)
  274. ung [adjective] (young)
  275. rask [adjective] (fast)
  276. prosjekt [noun] (a project)
  277. tur [noun] (a trip)
  278. selskap [noun] (company)
  279. sesong [noun] (a season)
  280. behov [noun] (a need)
  281. fortsette [verb] (to continue)
  282. kjenne [verb] (to feel)
  283. lørdag [noun] (Saturday)
  284. ansette [verb] (to employ)
  285. bety [verb] (to mean)
  286. klubb [noun] (a club)
  287. sikre [verb] (to ensure)
  288. slutt [noun] (end)
  289. mandag [noun] (Monday)
  290. fem [numeral] (five)
  291. kontakt [noun] (a contact)
  292. oppleve [verb] (to experience)
  293. gjerne [adverb] (gladly)
  294. torsdag [noun] (Thursday)
  295. reise [verb] (to travel) This Norwegian word comes from the German word “reisen” which also means “to travel”.
  296. innen [preposition] (within)
  297. klokke [noun] (clock)
  298. betale [verb] (to pay)
  299. bok [noun] (a book)
  300. resultat [noun] (result)
  301. familie [noun] (a family)
  302. krav [noun] (requirement, a demand)
  303. ute [preposition]
  304. rekke [noun] (a line)
  305. situasjon [noun] (a situation)
  306. nesten [adverb] (almost)
  307. vente [verb] (to wait)
  308. natt [noun] (night)
  309. seier [noun] (a victory)
  310. deres [pronoun] (their)
  311. føle [verb] (to feel)
  312. onsdag [noun] (Wednesday)
  313. vurdere [verb] (to consider, to evaluate)
  314. tirsdag [noun] (Tuesday)
  315. vanlig [adjective] (usual)
  316. levere [verb] (to deliver)
  317. hjelp [noun] (help)
  318. løsning [noun] (a solution) Except for a small difference in spelling, this Norwegian word resembles its Swedish counterpart, “lösning” which is also among the most common Swedish words.
  319. imidlertid [adverb] (however)
  320. sykehus [noun] (a hospital)
  321. gjennomføre [verb] (to implement)
  322. begge [determiner] (both)
  323. elev [noun] (pupil)
  324. kjent [adjective] (familiar)
  325. spiller [noun] (a player)
  326. regjering [noun] (a government)
  327. sikker [adjective] (safe)
  328. poeng [noun] (a point)
  329. vel [adverb] (well)
  330. la [verb] (to let)
  331. utenfor [preposition] (outside)
  332. selge [verb] (to sell)
  333. utvikle [verb] (to develop) This Norwegian verb originates from the German verb “entwickeln”
  334. åpne [verb] (to open)
  335. høre [verb] (to hear)
  336. samt [conjunction]
  337. enda [adverb]
  338. lav [adjective] (low)
  339. tilby [verb] (to offer)
  340. behandling [noun] (treatment)
  341. utvikling [noun] (development)
  342. søke [verb] (to seek)
  343. samle [verb] (to collect)
  344. plan [noun] (a plan)
  345. hjem [preposition]
  346. valg [noun] (election)
  347. grad [noun] (degree)
  348. passe [verb] (to fit)
  349. parti [noun]
  350. sommer [noun] (summer)
  351. riktig [adjective] (right)
  352. tips [noun]
  353. handle [verb] (to act)
  354. bo [verb] (to stay)
  355. enkelt [adjective]
  356. helg [noun] (a weekend)
  357. dele [verb] (to divide)
  358. feil [noun] (error)
  359. lære [verb] (to learn)
  360. form [noun] (shape)
  361. faktisk [adjective] (actual)
  362. lokal [adjective] (local)
  363. pasient [noun] (a patient)
  364. produkt [noun] (a product)
  365. hjemme [preposition]
  366. redusere [verb] (to reduce)
  367. lov [noun] (law) This is what is called a “false friend” in the context of language learning. This Norwegian word looks similar to the English word “love”, but it has a completely different meaning.
  368. offentlig [adjective] (public) This Norwegian adjective originates from the German adjective “öffentlich”.
  369. delta [verb] (to participate)
  370. altså [adverb] (therefore)
  371. samarbeid [noun] (collaboration, cooperation) This Norwegian word is formed by adding the prefix “sam-” which means “co-” to the word “arbeid” which means “work”
  372. jente [noun] (a girl)
  373. avtale [noun] (agreement)
  374. forskjellig [adjective] (different)
  375. trekke [verb]
  376. politisk [adjective] (political)
  377. ekstra [adjective] (extra)
  378. kunde [noun] (a customer) This common Norwegian word comes from the German word “Kunde”.
  379. fast [adjective] (solid)
  380. opplyse [verb] (to inform)
  381. mat [noun] (food)
  382. gruppe [noun] (a group)
  383. hus [noun] (a house)
  384. hvem [pronoun] (who)
  385. ansvar [noun] (responsibility)
  386. tiltak [noun] (action)
  387. drive [verb]
  388. erfaring [noun] (experience)
  389. bedrift [noun] (a company, a business)
  390. akkurat [adverb] (exactly) This Norwegian word comes from the Latin word “accūrātus”. Since the letter ‘c’ is typically not used in the spelling of Norwegian words, the letter ‘k’ is used instead.
  391. vann [noun] (water)
  392. dra [verb] (to drag)
  393. type [noun] (a type)
  394. internasjonal [adjective] (international)
  395. morgen [noun] (morning)
  396. forslag [noun] (a suggestion, a proposal) This Norwegian word has the same origin as the German word “Vorschlag”.
  397. ti [numeral] (ten)
  398. vare [noun] (goods, merchandise)
  399. endre [verb] (to change)
  400. åpen [adjective] (open)
  401. antall [noun] (number)
  402. periode [noun] (a period)
  403. benytte [verb] (to use)
  404. myndighet [noun] (authority)
  405. forelder [noun] (a parent)
  406. hvorfor [adverb] (why)
  407. film [noun] (a film)
  408. medium [noun] (a medium)
  409. seks [numeral] (six)
  410. fungere [verb] (to function)
  411. endring [noun] (a change)
  412. miste [verb] (to lose something, to miss something)
  413. ende [verb] (to end)
  414. alvorlig [adjective] (serious)
  415. glede [noun] (joy, gladness, happiness)
  416. utfordring [noun] (a challenge)
  417. styre [noun] (a board of directors)
  418. uansett [preposition] (regardless of, anyway)
  419. hente [verb] (to get)
  420. forklare [verb] (to explain)
  421. positiv [adjective] (positive)
  422. ganske [adverb] (quite)
  423. slippe [verb] (to escape)
  424. sosial [adjective] (social)
  425. stemme [verb] (to vote)
  426. eneste [adjective] (single, sole)
  427. særlig [adjective] (particular, special)
  428. medlem [noun] (a member)
  429. historie [noun] (history)
  430. tilbud [noun] (an offer)
  431. kalle [verb] (to call)
  432. egentlig [adjective] (actual)
  433. lede [verb] (to lead)
  434. flott [adjective] (splendid, excellent)
  435. virke [verb] (to function, to work, to have an effect)
  436. par [noun] (a couple)
  437. meter [noun] (meter) Norway uses the metric system like most European countries.
  438. inne [adverb] (inside)
  439. svar [noun] (an answer)
  440. bestemme [verb] (to decide)
  441. nødvendig [adjective] (necessary) This common Norwegian word comes from the German word “notwendig”
  442. svare [verb] (to reply)
  443. høst [noun] (autumn)
  444. melding [noun] (message)
  445. forrige [determiner] (previous)
  446. foran [preposition] (in front of)
  447. rapport [noun] (a report)
  448. dyr [noun] (an animal) This Norwegian word comes from the Old Norse word “dýr”, and is cognate with the German word “Tier”.
  449. tanke [noun] (thought)
  450. forstå [verb] (to understand)
  451. fall [noun] (a fall)
  452. start [noun] (a start)
  453. merke [verb] (to mark)
  454. kontroll [noun] (control)
  455. Bergen [proper noun]
  456. tilfelle [noun] (an instance, a case)
  457. aktivitet [noun] (activity)
  458. tjeneste [noun] (service)
  459. gutt [noun] (a boy)
  460. spennende [adjective] (exciting)
  461. fornøyd [adjective] (satisfied)
  462. ja [interjection] (yes)
  463. kvalitet [noun] (quality)
  464. flytte [verb] (to move)
  465. går [noun] (yesterday)
  466. knytte [verb] (to tie)
  467. økonomisk [adjective] (economic)
  468. spørre [verb] (to ask)
  469. forbindelse [noun] (a connection)
  470. bekrefte [verb] (to confirm)
  471. trygg [adjective] (safe)
  472. total [adjective] (total)
  473. samfunn [noun] (society)
  474. direkte [adjective] (direct)
  475. stenge [verb] (to close)
  476. stadig [adjective] (constant, unceasing)
  477. bort [preposition] (away)
  478. kurs [noun] (a course)
  479. amerikansk [adjective] (American)
  480. leve [verb] (to live)
  481. hard [adjective] (hard)
  482. kunnskap [noun] (knowledge) This Norwegian noun is formed by adding the suffix “-skap” to the verb “kunne” which can mean “to know”.
  483. president [noun] (a president)
  484. tall [noun] (number)
  485. avis [noun] (a newspaper) This is another common Norwegian vocabulary word which comes from French.
  486. student [noun] (a student)
  487. ferdig [adjective] (finished) The antonym of this word is “uferdig”.
  488. virkelig [adjective] This common Norwegian word comes from the German word “wirklich”.
  489. regel [noun] (a rule)
  490. rom [noun] (room)
  491. tape [verb] (to lose)
  492. trening [noun] (training)
  493. ord [noun] (a word)
  494. falle [verb] (to fall)
  495. bolig [noun] (housing, residence)
  496. styrke [verb] (to strengthen)
  497. huske [verb] (to remember)
  498. topp [noun] (a top)
  499. anbefale [verb] (to recommend)
  500. behandle [verb] (to treat, to process) This is a common Norwegian verb which comes from the German verb “behandeln”.
  501. oppgave [noun] (a task)
  502. tross [preposition] (despite)
  503. venn [noun] (a friend)
  504. kropp [noun] (a body)
  505. forsøke [verb] (to attempt)
  506. nordmann [noun] (a Norwegian)
  507. system [noun] (a system)
  508. oppdatert [adjective] (updated)
  509. daglig [adjective] (daily)
  510. sånn [adverb] (like that)
  511. navn [noun] (name)
  512. ramme [noun] (a frame)
  513. vond [adjective] (bad)
  514. årsak [noun] (a cause)
  515. nemlig [adverb] (namely)
  516. video [noun] (a video)
  517. aller [adverb] (at all, ever)
  518. eventuell [adjective] (possible)
  519. arbeide [verb] (to work)
  520. glad [adjective] (happy)
  521. alternativ [noun] (alternative)
  522. avslutte [verb] (to finish, to complete)
  523. milliard [noun] (a billion)
  524. trolig [adjective] (probable)
  525. spise [verb] (to eat)
  526. mars [noun] (March)
  527. slite [verb] (to toil, to work really hard)
  528. brann [noun] (fire)
  529. sentral [adjective] (central) The origin of this Norwegian word is the Latin word “centralis”. Since the letter ‘c’ is typically not used in the spelling of Norwegian words, the letter ‘s’ is used here instead.
  530. utføre [verb] (to perform)
  531. mai [noun] (May)
  532. fort [adjective] (fast)
  533. spill [noun] (a game)
  534. aktuell [adjective] (current)
  535. hevde [verb] (to assert, to claim)
  536. hverandre [pronoun] (each other)
  537. barnehage [noun] (kindergarten)
  538. kraftig [adjective] (powerful)
  539. lure [verb] (to wonder, to deceive)
  540. via [preposition] (via)
  541. fri [adjective] (free)
  542. ungdom [noun] (youth)
  543. snar [adjective] (quick)
  544. innenfor [preposition] (inside)
  545. privat [adjective] (private)
  546. fjerne [verb] (to remove)
  547. sjanse [noun] (a chance)
  548. planlegge [verb] (to plan)
  549. ettermiddag [noun] (afternoon)
  550. fokus [noun] (focus)
  551. [verb] (to die)
  552. enig [adjective] (agreed) This common Norwegian adjective comes from the German word “einig”.
  553. butikk [noun] (a shop) This is a common Norwegian word which comes from the French word “boutique”.
  554. tilgjengelig [adjective] (available)
  555. utsette [verb] (to postpone, to expose)
  556. hennes [pronoun] (hers)
  557. organisasjon [noun] (an organization)
  558. fly [noun] (airplane, aircraft)
  559. sørge [verb] (to care for, to mourn)
  560. program [noun] (program)
  561. nett [noun] (a net)
  562. stoppe [verb] (to stop)
  563. motta [verb] (to receive)
  564. regne [verb] (to rain)
  565. virksomhet [noun] (a business)
  566. fantastisk [adjective] (fantastic)
  567. fengsel [noun] (a prison)
  568. tak [noun] (roof)
  569. mor [noun] (a mother)
  570. nivå [noun] (a level) This is a common Norwegian vocabulary word which originates from the French word “niveau”.
  571. ball [noun] (ball)
  572. deretter [adverb] (thereafter)
  573. ledelse [noun] (leadership)
  574. mangle [verb] (to lack)
  575. sikte [noun]
  576. trener [noun] (a trainer)
  577. fylle [verb] (to fill)
  578. normal [adjective] (normal)
  579. tilgang [noun] (access)
  580. Tromsø [proper noun]
  581. naturlig [adjective] (natural)
  582. utgangspunkt [noun] (a starting point)
  583. debatt [noun] (a debate)
  584. undersøkelse [noun] (an examination)
  585. hånd [noun] (a hand)
  586. aktiv [adjective] (active)
  587. nettopp [adverb] (just)
  588. lege [noun] (a doctor)
  589. dømme [verb] (to judge)
  590. Sverige [proper noun] (Sweden) Norway and Sweden are neighboring countries and there are many linguistic similarities between Norwegian and Swedish.
  591. unna [preposition]
  592. påvirke [verb] (to influence)
  593. Stortinget [proper noun]
  594. pågripe [verb] (to apprehend)
  595. miljø [noun] (an environment) This Norwegian vocabulary word comes from the French word “milieu”.
  596. marked [noun] (a market)
  597. januar [noun] (January)
  598. råd [noun] (advice)
  599. rolle [noun] (a role)
  600. endelig [adjective] (final)
  601. inneholde [verb] (to contain)
  602. meget [adverb] (very)
  603. trene [verb] (to practice, to train)
  604. ulykke [noun] (accident)
  605. juni [noun] (June)
  606. registrere [verb] (to register)
  607. enten [conjunction] (either)
  608. sjekke [verb] (to check)
  609. hotell [noun] (a hotel)
  610. båt [noun] (a boat)
  611. utrolig [adjective] (incredible) The antonym of this word, which is “trolig” is also in this list of the most common Norwegian words.
  612. forvente [verb] (to expect)
  613. nasjonal [adjective] (national)
  614. stat [noun] (a state)
  615. foreløpig [adjective] (provisional, tentative) This Norwegian word comes from the German word “vorläufig”.
  616. Stavanger [proper noun] Stavanger is the name of a fairly large Norwegian city.
  617. runde [noun] (a round)
  618. tema [noun] (a theme)
  619. svensk [adjective] (Swedish)
  620. dekke [verb] (to cover)
  621. lys [noun] (light)
  622. prosess [noun] (process)
  623. kompetanse [noun] (competence)
  624. verdi [noun] (value)
  625. inkludere [verb] (to include)
  626. interesse [noun] (interest)
  627. politiker [noun] (politician)
  628. nei [interjection] (no)
  629. basere [verb] (to base)
  630. desember [noun] (December)
  631. utvalg [noun] (a selection)
  632. Trondheim [proper noun] Trondheim is a Norwegian city
  633. død [noun] (death)
  634. voksen [adjective] (adult)
  635. arrangere [verb] (to arrange)
  636. tydelig [adjective] (evident)
  637. sentrum [noun] (center)
  638. score [verb] (to score)
  639. ellers [adverb] (otherwise)
  640. åtte [numeral] (eight)
  641. varsle [verb] (to warn)
  642. far [noun] (a father)
  643. unngå [verb] (to avoid)
  644. koste [verb] (to cost)
  645. nevne [verb] (to mention)
  646. besøke [verb] (to visit)
  647. felles [adjective] (common)
  648. opptatt [adjective] (busy)
  649. grei [adjective] (nice, good)
  650. opplevelse [noun] (an experience)
  651. bestå [verb] (to consist)
  652. vurdering [noun] (assessment)
  653. Europa [proper noun] (Europe)
  654. rest [noun] (rest)
  655. personlig [adjective] (personal)
  656. følelse [noun] (feeling)
  657. august [noun] (August)
  658. beskrive [verb] (to describe)
  659. forskjell [noun] (difference)
  660. forsker [noun] (a researcher)
  661. sykdom [noun] (disease)
  662. effekt [noun] (an effect)
  663. effektiv [adjective] (efficient)
  664. hund [noun] (dog)
  665. angrep [noun] (an attack)
  666. kjempe [verb] (to fight)
  667. midt [adverb] (in the middle)
  668. per [preposition]
  669. lærer [noun] (a teacher)
  670. foreslå [verb] (to suggest) This Norwegian verb comes from the German verb “vorschlagen”
  671. omgang [noun]
  672. omtale [verb] (to mention)
  673. september [noun] (September)
  674. bryte [verb] (to break)
  675. bakgrunn [noun] (background)
  676. innhold [noun] (content)
  677. tett [adjective] (dense)
  678. april [noun] (April)
  679. konsekvens [noun] (a consequence)
  680. forskning [noun] (research)
  681. juli [noun] (July)
  682. overfor [preposition] (opposite)
  683. salg [noun] (sale)
  684. treffe [verb] (to hit)
  685. dessuten [adverb] (furthermore)
  686. telefon [noun] (telephone)
  687. grunnlag [noun] (basis) The origin of this Norwegian word is the German word “Grundlage”.
  688. tredje [adjective] (third)
  689. stilling [noun] (position)
  690. presentere [verb] (to present)
  691. digital [adjective] (digital)
  692. helse [noun] (health)
  693. perfekt [adjective] (perfect)
  694. tøff [adjective] (tough)
  695. praksis [noun] (practice)
  696. fremtid [noun] (future)
  697. fordel [noun] (an advantage)
  698. utover [preposition]
  699. alene [adverb] (alone)
  700. sikkerhet [noun] (security)
  701. helst [adverb] (preferably)
  702. farge [noun] (color) This Norwegian word is similar to the German word “Farbe” which also means “color”.
  703. buss [noun] (bus)
  704. henge [verb] (to hang)
  705. nettside [noun] (a website)
  706. opplysning [noun] (information)
  707. utstyr [noun] (equipment)
  708. fysisk [adjective] (physical)
  709. etablere [verb] (to establish)
  710. tilpasse [verb] (to adapt)
  711. bane [noun] (a track, a trajectory)
  712. overraske [verb] (surprise)
  713. frykte [verb] (to fear)
  714. tung [adjective] (heavy)
  715. vekt [noun] (weight)
  716. ren [adjective] (clean)
  717. grense [noun] (a border) This is another common Norwegian word which originates from German. The corresponding German word is “Grenze”. For more similar words, see this article on the similarities between Norwegian and German.
  718. oversikt [noun] (an overview)
  719. bytte [verb] (to change)
  720. takke [verb] (to thank)
  721. risiko [noun] (a risk)
  722. halv [adjective] (half)
  723. kaste [verb] (to throw)
  724. generell [adjective] (general)
  725. besøk [noun] (a visit)
  726. havne [verb] (to end up)
  727. vær [noun] (weather)
  728. innebære [verb] (to imply)
  729. imot [preposition] (against)
  730. hendelse [noun] (an event)
  731. slett [adjective]
  732. vedta [verb]
  733. enhet [noun] (a unit) This Norwegian word comes from the German word “Einheit”.
  734. musikk [noun] (music)
  735. lyst [noun] (desire)
  736. hode [noun] (head)
  737. oktober [noun] (October)
  738. konkurranse [noun] (competition)
  739. februar [noun] (February)
  740. ene [numeral]
  741. fotball [noun] (soccer)
  742. tap [noun] (loss)
  743. borte [preposition]
  744. produsere [verb] (to produce)
  745. rette [verb] (to correct)
  746. teknisk [adjective] (technical)
  747. journalist [noun] (a journalist)
  748. invitere [verb] (to invite)
  749. skikkelig [adjective] (decent)
  750. understreke [verb] (to stress)
  751. publikum [noun] (audience)
  752. politikk [noun] (politics)
  753. løse [verb] (to solve)
  754. hete [verb] (to heat)
  755. leilighet [noun] (an apartment)
  756. vokse [verb] (to grow)
  757. innlegg [noun]
  758. liste [noun] (a list)
  759. forsvinne [verb] (to disappear)
  760. bruker [noun] (user)
  761. trykk [noun] (pressure)
  762. bord [noun] (a table)
  763. hensyn [noun] (consideration)
  764. modell [noun] (a model)
  765. betydelig [adjective] (significant)
  766. felt [noun] (field)
  767. gjest [noun] (a guest) Despite the difference in spelling, this word is similar to its English counterpart. In fact, Norwegian and English are both Germanic languages.
  768. selvsagt [adjective]
  769. november [noun] (November)
  770. statsminister [noun] (a prime minister)
  771. anledning [noun] (opportunity)
  772. såkalt [adjective] (so called)
  773. presse [verb] (to press)
  774. innsats [noun] (an effort)
  775. mening [noun] (an opinion)
  776. vinter [noun] (winter)
  777. løpe [verb] (to run)
  778. økonomi [noun] (economy)
  779. serie [noun] (a series)
  780. teste [verb] (to test)
  781. ennå [adverb] (yet)
  782. undersøke [verb] (to examine)
  783. andre [adjective]
  784. drap [noun] (murder)
  785. oppnå [verb] (to achieve)
  786. avhengig [adjective] (dependent)
  787. dør [noun] (a door)
  788. hverdag [noun] (weekday)
  789. involvere [verb] (to involve)
  790. tilsvare [adjective]
  791. sammenheng [noun] (context)
  792. søknad [noun] (an application)
  793. uttale [verb]
  794. gratis [adjective] (free)
  795. dessverre [adverb] (unfortunately)
  796. praktisk [adjective] (practical)
  797. tvil [noun] (a doubt)
  798. lik [adjective] (equal)
  799. skjønne [verb] (to understand)
  800. selve [determiner] (itself)
  801. øye [noun] (an eye)
  802. drift [noun] (operation)
  803. usikker [adjective] (uncertain)
  804. artikkel [noun] (an article)
  805. syk [adjective] (sick)
  806. love [verb] (to promise)
  807. varm [adjective] (warm)
  808. psykisk [adjective] (psychic)
  809. nummer [noun] (a number)
  810. pause [noun] (a pause)
  811. teknologi [noun] (technology)
  812. reagere [verb] (to react)
  813. ressurs [noun] (a resource)
  814. omfattende [adjective] (comprehensive)
  815. anlegg [noun] (a facility)
  816. inntil [preposition] (up to)
  817. innføre [verb] (to introduce)
  818. nettsted [noun] (a website)
  819. økning [noun] (an increase)
  820. kritikk [noun] (criticism)
  821. derimot [adverb] (however)
  822. produksjon [noun] (production)
  823. utdanning [noun] (education)
  824. advokat [noun] (a lawyer)
  825. oppdage [verb] (to discover)
  826. direktør [noun] (a director)
  827. samtale [noun] (conversation)
  828. ødelegge [verb] (to destroy)
  829. ordfører [noun] (a mayor)
  830. masse [adjective]
  831. selvfølgelig [adjective]
  832. hvit [adjective] (white)
  833. kilometer [noun]
  834. kommentar [noun] (a comment)
  835. nekte [verb] (to deny)
  836. kultur [noun] (culture)
  837. kritisk [adjective] (critical)
  838. ringe [verb] (to ring)
  839. arrangement [noun] (arrangement)
  840. vedtak [noun] (a decision)
  841. diskutere [verb] (to discuss)
  842. avgjøre [verb]
  843. bygg [noun] (building)
  844. vold [noun] (violence)
  845. skille [verb] (to separate)
  846. slags [noun]
  847. innrømme [verb] (to admit)
  848. vekst [noun] (growth)
  849. viss [adjective] (certain)
  850. oppstå [verb] (to arise)
  851. negativ [adjective] (negative)
  852. bred [adjective] (wide)
  853. takk [noun] (an acknowledgement, a thank-you)
  854. betydning [noun] (a meaning)
  855. ingenting [pronoun] (nothing)
  856. samarbeide [verb] (collaborate, to cooperate)
  857. Russland [proper noun]
  858. redde [verb] (to rescue)
  859. data [noun] (data)
  860. slutte [verb] (to conclude)
  861. trafikk [noun] (traffic)
  862. populær [adjective] (popular)
  863. tjene [verb] (to serve)
  864. forsøk [noun] (attempt)
  865. varme [noun] (heat)
  866. farlig [adjective] (dangerous)
  867. billig [adjective] (cheap)
  868. plassere [verb] (to place)
  869. aktør [noun] (actor)
  870. påpeke [verb] (to point out)
  871. sekund [noun] (a second)
  872. fisk [noun] (a fish)
  873. nylig [adverb] (recently)
  874. avdeling [noun] (a department)
  875. minne [verb] (to remind)
  876. beskjed [noun] (message)
  877. øvrig [adjective] (other)
  878. inngå [verb] (to enter into)
  879. oppfordre [verb] (to encourage)
  880. nyhet [noun] (news)
  881. natur [noun] (nature)
  882. enorm [adjective]
  883. bank [noun] (a bank)
  884. kostnad [noun] (cost)
  885. hytte [noun] (cottage)
  886. alder [noun] (age)
  887. kontrakt [noun] (a contract)
  888. oppdrag [noun] (mission)
  889. kilde [noun] (source)
  890. drikke [verb] (to drink)
  891. gate [noun] (a street)
  892. ytterligere [adjective] (additional)
  893. tekst [noun] (a text)
  894. frisk [adjective] (fresh)
  895. variere [verb] (to vary)
  896. fremover [preposition]
  897. bekymre [adjective]
  898. kraft [noun] (power)
  899. dom [noun] (judgement)
  900. utgjøre [verb] (to constitute)
  901. ni [numeral] (nine)
  902. bestille [verb] (to order)
  903. moderne [adjective] (modern)
  904. streng [adjective]
  905. mengde [noun] (quantity)
  906. retning [noun] (direction)
  907. Molde [proper noun] Molde is the name of a city in Norway.
  908. frivillig [adjective] (voluntary) This Norwegian adjective resembles the German adjective “freiwillig”.
  909. foregå [verb] (to take place)
  910. unik [adjective] (unique)
  911. våpen [noun]
  912. ordning [noun] (an arrangement)
  913. imponere [adjective]
  914. sammenligne [verb] (to compare)
  915. godkjenne [verb] (to approve)
  916. fremdeles [adverb] (still)
  917. dukke [verb]
  918. konkret [adjective] (concrete)
  919. redd [adjective] (afraid)
  920. Kristiansand [proper noun] Kristiansand is a large Norwegian city.
  921. inntekt [noun] (an income)
  922. faglig [adjective] (professional)
  923. funksjon [noun] (function)
  924. spare [verb] (to save)
  925. interessant [adjective] (interesting)
  926. langs [preposition] (along)
  927. Østfold [proper noun]
  928. innbygger [noun] (an inhabitant)
  929. fare [noun] (danger)
  930. befolkning [noun] (population)
  931. nærhet [noun] (proximity)
  932. rød [adjective] (red)
  933. spor [noun] (a trace)
  934. svak [adjective] (weak)
  935. deltaker [noun] (a participant)
  936. fremme [verb]
  937. forlate [verb] (to leave)
  938. snakk [noun] (talk)
  939. størrelse [noun] (size)
  940. avgjørende [adjective] (decisive)
  941. publisere [verb] (to publish)
  942. hud [noun] (skin)
  943. intervju [noun] (an interview)
  944. brev [noun] (a letter)
  945. plutselig [adjective] (sudden)
  946. forfatter [noun] (an author)
  947. nord [preposition]
  948. eie [verb] (to own)
  949. dommer [noun] (a judge)
  950. fart [noun] (speed)
  951. ferd [noun] (journey)
  952. energi [noun] (energy)
  953. flertall [noun] (a majority)
  954. klasse [noun] (a class)
  955. oppmerksomhet [noun] (attention)
  956. snø [noun] (snow)
  957. opprette [verb] (to create)
  958. eier [noun] (an owner)
  959. vakker [adjective] (beautiful)
  960. kommentere [verb] (to comment)
  961. formiddag [noun] (morning)
  962. standard [noun] (a standard)
  963. absolutt [adjective]
  964. prege [verb]
  965. konflikt [noun] (conflict)
  966. test [noun] (a test)
  967. innsyn [noun] (insight)
  968. rykke [verb]
  969. materiale [noun] (material)
  970. tusen [noun] (a thousand)
  971. leie [verb]
  972. oppdatere [verb] (to update)
  973. true [verb] (to threaten)
  974. stand [noun] (condition)
  975. glemme [verb] (to forget)
  976. budsjett [noun] (a budget)
  977. ansvarlig [adjective] (responsible)
  978. kald [adjective] (cold) This Norwegian adjective has a synonym which is “kjølig”, but it is a bit less common and as a result it does not appear in this list of the 1000 most common Norwegian words.
  979. relativ [adjective] (relative)
  980. verktøy [noun] (a tool)
  981. vitne [noun] (a witness)
  982. hyggelig [adjective] (nice)
  983. peke [verb] (to point)
  984. tale [verb]
  985. videregående [adjective] (pertaining to high school)
  986. velkommen [adjective] (welcome)
  987. klage [noun] (complaint)
  988. sju [numeral] (seven)
  989. formål [noun] (a purpose)
  990. strøm [noun] (electricity)
  991. evne [noun] (ability)
  992. konsert [noun] (a concert)
  993. utvide [verb] (to expand)
  994. språk [noun] (language)
  995. jevn [adjective] (even)
  996. enhver [determiner] (anyone)
  997. ekstrem [adjective] (extreme)
  998. prioritere [verb]
  999. vegg [noun] (a wall)
  1000. kirke [noun] (church)
  1001. stund [noun] (a while)
  1002. punkt [noun] (point)
  1003. hest [noun] (a horse)
  1004. press [noun] (pressure)
  1005. håndtere [verb] (to handle)
  1006. middel [noun]
  1007. snu [verb]
  1008. møtes [verb] (to meet)
  1009. årlig [adjective] (annual)
  1010. hindre [verb] (to hinder)
  1011. foreta [verb] (to undertake)
  1012. søk [noun] (a search)
  1013. utland [noun] (a foreign country)
  1014. andel [noun] (a share)
  1015. bakke [noun] (a hill)
  1016. kontor [noun] (an office)
  1017. ferie [noun] (vacation)
  1018. fjell [noun] (a mountain)
  1019. tysk [adjective] (German)
  1020. tillate [verb] (to allow)
  1021. hundre [numeral] (hundred)
  1022. tilstand [noun] (state)
  1023. Drammen [proper noun]
  1024. kontakte [verb] (to contact)
  1025. arbeidsplass [noun] (a workplace)
  1026. tidspunkt [noun] (point)
  1027. sønn [noun] (a son)
  1028. grønn [adjective] (green)
  1029. tradisjonell [adjective] (traditional)
  1030. rettighet [noun] (a right)
  1031. savne [verb] (to miss)
  1032. Kina [proper noun] (China)
  1033. an [adverb]
  1034. olje [noun] (oil)
  1035. gal [adjective] (crazy)
  1036. utenlandsk [adjective] (foreign)
  1037. Bodø [proper noun]
  1038. ettersom [conjunction] (as)
  1039. forståelse [noun] (understanding)
  1040. idé [noun] (idea) This Norwegian word comes from the French word “idée”.
  1041. stoff [noun] (fabric)
  1042. annerledes [adjective] (different)
  1043. dreie [verb] (to turn)
  1044. mistenke [verb] (to suspect)
  1045. kontrollere [verb] (to control)
  1046. dokument [noun] (a document)
  1047. datter [noun] (a daughter)
  1048. morsom [adjective] (funny)
  1049. Finnmark [proper noun] (Finnmark)
  1050. verdt [adjective] (worth)
  1051. engasjere [verb] (to engage)
  1052. dyp [adjective] (deep)
  1053. jord [noun] (earth)
  1054. representere [verb] (to represent)
  1055. næringsliv [noun] (the business world)
  1056. stolt [adjective] (proud)
  1057. kutte [verb] (to cut)
  1058. fange [verb] (to catch)
  1059. design [noun] (design)
  1060. flink [adjective] (good)
  1061. klær [noun] (clothes)
  1062. skyldes [verb] (to be caused by, to result from)
  1063. omtrent [adverb] (approximately)
  1064. fransk [adjective] (French)
  1065. løfte [verb] (to lift)
  1066. luft [noun] (air)
  1067. elske [verb] (to love)
  1068. tog [noun] (a train)
  1069. Danmark [proper noun] (Denmark)
  1070. maskin [noun] (a machine)
  1071. håp [noun] (hope)
  1072. favoritt [noun] (favorite)
  1073. eksistere [adjective]
  1074. omfatte [verb] (to include)
  1075. vekk [adverb] (away)
  1076. koble [verb] (to connect)
  1077. krig [noun] (war) Sadly, this is still a common word, in Norwegian as well as in other languages. This word often appears in news articles.
  1078. ivareta [verb] (to take care of)
  1079. samisk [adjective] (Sami)
  1080. reaksjon [noun] (a reaction)
  1081. skuffe [verb] (to disappoint)
  1082. måle [verb] (to measure)
  1083. tyde [verb] (to decipher)
  1084. beholde [verb] (to keep)
  1085. Telemark [proper noun] Telemark is a region in southern Norway.
  1086. opplæring [noun] (training)
  1087. uttrykk [noun] (an expression)
  1088. bære [verb] (to wear)
  1089. kombinere [verb] (to combine)
  1090. fag [noun] (subject)
  1091. aksjon [noun] (action)
  1092. sjelden [adverb] (rarely)
  1093. gøy [adjective] (fun)
  1094. idrett [noun] (sport)
  1095. engelsk [noun] (English)
  1096. forbedre [verb] (to improve)