Norwegian Today: Jevndøgn

What is Evendon

Jevndøgn is the term used to describe springs (vårjevndøgn) and autumn (høstjevndøgn) equinox.

On the Vernal Equinox, day and night are at roughly the same time (this is not just true in Norway, but across the globe at the same time).

The word equinox used in English comes from Latin. Equus (equals) and Knox (Night). Norwegian terms are directly related to Old English and Norwegian. jeven is an adjective similar to “even” and can be used to describe physical properties (en jevn overflate means “flat surface”), which also means “equal to”.

in the meantime jeven “Equals” when talking about equinoxes, and in various other formulations related to measurements., It is used in the sense of “equality”.

Dogun is a useful Norwegian word that has no exact English translation but means both “a day” or “24 hours”.Usually used in preference to the more general Doug (“Day”) When talking about the time of day, not the day in general.

For example, a store that is open 24 hours would be described as: dognapent, “Open 24 hours”.

why do i need to know jevndogn?

September 23rd (sometimes 22nd) is the autumnal equinox. After that day, the day will have more dark minutes than light.

The Norwegian word for summer solstice is solutionfrom Sol (sun) and hverv, An old word for “turn”.


I dag er det jevndøgn, når dag og og natter like lange.

Today is the vernal equinox, the day when day and night are of equal length. Norwegian Today: Jevndøgn

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