«Okkupert» … that’s the Norwegian word for ‘occupied’, and it’s a TV-series we started watching last night.
Fascinating, rather fast paced, fictional … taking place ‘in the near future’, as they said. It’s being streamed on Netflix, and has 10 episodes. We watched the first three, last night.
It has English subtitles, of course, as it is in Norwegian. After the first episode, I was surprised to notice that I’d stopped reading subtitles after a few minutes in. When Gerry, my husband, has asked me how close Norwegian is to Swedish, my guess was always about 85% understanding. After last night, I’d give a higher number. This in spite of the subject matter often being complicated … energy politics and such. I couldn’t speak or write Norwegian, of course, but my understanding of the spoken language is definitely higher than 85%. To me, as a Swedish person, spoken Norwegian sounds … “cute” … as if all Norwegian people are happy and kind. Perhaps they are 🙂!
The plot is that the Green Party has come to power in Norway, and halted the oil production. Russia, together with E.U. wants to force them to put it back on … After a surprising twist in the first episode, involving a helicopter, it all gets very tense and you get sucked right in.
Jo Nesbø, is the name of the author who came up with the idea for this story. I’ve read one book by him before, and was meaning to read all of his production, but something else [another author] got in the way 🙂
I found out they’d used Statoil’s headquarters as the fictional office of the prime minister. Very futuristic architecture. I was wondering about that a little, while I was watching. Sadly, I’ve never been to Norway, even though it’s Sweden’s closest neighbour. I regret that, but it’s not too late to correct.
From what I understand, from my googling, this series [Ockupationen] hasn’t started to air in Sweden yet.