Norwegian Prepositions

A preposition links nouns, pronouns and phrases to other words in a sentence. A preposition usually indicates the temporal, spatial or logical relationship of its object to the rest of the sentence as in the example in the table below. Prepositions usually come before the noun and its article (like in English).

Norwegian Prepositions


Norwegian Prepositions

The keyboard is on the desk

Tastaturet er pulten

The carpet is under the table

Teppet er under bordet

The tree is in front of the building

Treet står framfor bygningen

The child is hiding behind his mother

Barnet gøymer seg bak mor si




The most common prepositions are: after (etter), before (før), between (mellom), under (under), on (på or oppå), in (i), outside (utanfor), behind (bak)... (for a longer list, see the table below).

Almost all languages have their own take on some prepositions, which make them difficult to learn for foreigners. In Norway, the prepositions (on) and i (in) sometimes confuse. In English, you would use in to describe living somewhere, as in I live in Oslo, I live in Gjøvik. In Norwegian, these sentences are Eg bur i Oslo, eg bur Gjøvik. The logic behind this is that bigger or coastal cities demand i, while several inland cities, as well as islands, use .

Prepositions table in Norwegian

Here are some examples of demonstrative prepositions in the table below, note that just like in English, they're used very often in German:

Norwegian Demonstrative Prepositions

This (neuter)

dette

This (male and female)

denne

That

det

These

desse

Those

dei


Norwegian Prepositions

Vocabulary

Norwegian Prepositions

Above

over

After

etter

Around

rundt

At

på / i / ved

Because of

fordi

Before

før

Beside

ved sidan av

Between

mellom

But

men

Close to

nær

Down

ned

During

medan

For

for

From

frå / av

In

i

In front of

framfor

Inside

i / inni

Instead of

i staden for

Like

som

Near

nær

Next to

ved sidan av / attåt

On

On top of

oppå

Out

ut

Outside

ute

Over

over

Since

sidan

Than

enn

To

til

Under

under

Until

til

Up

opp

Without

utan


I hope the content of this page was useful to you, and that you learned some Norwegian Prepositions, consonants and vowels. Try to memorize them to be able to use them in your daily conversation. Make sure to check our Learn Norwegian page, which contains several lessons that might help you in your learning process.