In Norway, Graduating High School Means A Month-Long Blowout
Everywhere in the world, drinking is a pretty standard activity for students finishing high school, as they transition from a life of study to a life of gin-drenched adult despair. No country does it quite like Norway, though, whose end-of-school-year partying can go for three straight weeks.
"Let's go into the woods and forget everything we learned."
The math alone is working against the cause of sanity here. The legal drinking age in Norway is 18, while kids graduate from school at 19. So high school graduation was always going to be a piss-up, but what might surprise you is just how organized of a piss-up it is. The celebrations (known as "russefeiring") are actually governed by a board of local adults in the community, giving the partying a level of legitimacy unknown to most other nations. And it's not just about the drinking, although there is -- good god -- an awful lot of that. There are a whole host of other customs and traditions that go along with russefeiring. One of the most visible is the overalls the students are required to wear for the three-week period.
Seems like this would make pee breaks harder, but they must know what they're doing.