Among various surveys that have been conducted in Norway recently was one that questioned Norwegians about their Christmas cookie habits during the holiday season. Baking has long been a strong tradition in the country, and apparently still is.
Fully 59 percent of women and 40 percent of men questioned said they baked all their Christmas cookies (called julekakene) themselves. Not all baked the traditional syv sorter (seven different types of cookies) but those they served were homemade.
The survey, conducted by polling firm Sentio for newspaper Nationen, indicated that Norwegians living in small towns and rural areas were the most likely to bake all their own cookies, while around 20 percent of those living in Oslo and other cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants chose to buy all their Christmas cookies.