A staple in Norwegian life is the matpakke. An openface sandwich with cheese, leverpostei, or other forms of pålegg (the wonderful word that basically means all types of food you can place on bread) is what a matpakke consists of.
Bread + pålegg + waxpaper + bread + pålegg + waxpaper
Simple as that. :-)
The matpakke is brought to work, to the forest, to barnehage and school, to the park, etc.
|A complete matpakke.|
2 sandwiches made of polarbrød (the bread of the northern folk) to be shared between me and my little girl.
|Extra food for another matpakke box.|
Fruit snacks brought from USA, a banana and a can of leverpostei.
The matpakke is such a large part of Norwegian society that children bring them to school on a daily basis as warm lunches we are so accustomed to in the United States aren't served in Norway.
The typical lunch drink of choice is milk, but also a thermos of saft is acceptable as well.