TEENS REACT TO CRAZY NORWAY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION PARTIES (Russefeiring)
– Oh my gosh.
That looks so fun. – I’d be the most lit
person there. I put it down. – It’s too much for me, man
I couldn’t do that. ♪ (rock intro) ♪ – (FBE) Okay, so today
we’re gonna show you a few videos of a popular
tradition from teens across the globe in Norway.
– Oh, Norway. That’s very far. – That’s close to my home.
– (FBE) Where are you from? – Denmark.
Yeah, so I’ll probably recognize some of it. – (girl) Today, I want to
talk about the Norwegian Russ. For those of you who don’t know,
– What? – (girl) Russ is a term that
is used for people who graduate high school
at year thirteen. – What the heck? – (girl) The whole point
of being a Russ is to celebrate the fact
that you finished high school. You’ve done thirteen years.
– Oh, it’s like their prom. – So a graduation thing? – (girl) So, the period that
you are a Russ is usually the last week of April
until the 17th of May. – A month to celebrate? – (girl) The last day you have
to celebrate. – I sort of know it.
In Denmark, it’s kind of different, though.
We kind of get this card on our thirteenth year
and you decorate it and you put up kind of
like a school motto, so it’s kind of like
in America how you get a Senior quote.
It’s cool to see what they do in Norway,
’cause I actually didn’t know it was different. – (girl) You wear a set
of pants like these that I have.
– Oh, those are cute. – No offense, but I don’t
know about that fashion trend. – (girl) Then, you also make
these silly business cards. This is my one.
– That’s crazy. – (girl) Kids will just come
up to you and ask for your business card.
– That’s so interactive. What? – (girl) The kids are usually
very sweet and they get super excited
to see you. So, it kind of feels like
you’re a celebrity. – Interesting. – We don’t dress up
or give out business cards. We just party.
Drive around from street to street.
You get to meet all your classmates parents
and family and some of the parents are super
festive and they decorate the whole house. – (girl) Which leads us
nicely into the next bit about Russ,
which is the Russeknuter. These are challenges that
are set for the Russ. Usually, they’re very silly things.
– Dang, graduation’s really a big deal over there. – (girl) Usually, they’re very
silly things like eat breakfast in a roundabout.
– (laughs) – (girl) Then, it can also
be really bad things like having sex with a person
at your school who is responsible
for the Russ. – That went extreme real fast. – What?
Repeat. – (girl) What I find the most
crazy about the Russ celebration is the buses.
Now some people… – Did she say buses? – (girl) They buy buses
and they kit them out with loads of equipment,
as in stereos, – Whoa.
They pimp it. – That sounds fun,
but sounds like a lot of work. – (girl) They decorate
the outside of it and then ten to fifteen
Russ will just go around and party in this bus.
– Ay, that’s dope. – Ah yeah.
That’s exactly what we have. – (girl) People follow
their groups and they announce where the next
party is gonna be, where the bus is headed.
– Dang, so everybody knows where the party’s at.
That’s awesome. – (girl) There is also a
dedicated Russ parade in every city.
It’s a big thing. – I wish we had that here
in America. – (girl) So, there you go.
You have about three weeks to party and do crazy thing.
– Three weeks? I feel like your last three
weeks you should be studying. – (girl) You usually have about
five days until your exams start.
– Wait, this is before exams? – Norway is on one.
They wild. – (girl) And then you haven’t
actually done your exams yet. But that’s Norwegian logic
for you. – Yep. – I’m down.
I’m down. Sign me up. – That’s pretty funny.
Celebrating being done with high school and then
you’re not even done with high school. – (FBE) Okay, so the next
thing I’m gonna show you is a group of 26 Senior girls
who are in their Russ year, which is their Senior year
in high school. It’s common to start planning
for your Russ party as early as your Freshman year.
– You have three years to plan a party for three weeks? – (speaking Norwegian) – “To be a little bit stupid.”
Nah, it’s to go wild. – That’s so smart, though.
You’re young. Let yourself be young. – Ah, that’s so cute. – (speaking Norwegian) – That bus is crusty,
but I bet it’s gonna be so pretty when they’re
done with it. – Dang, they built their bus
from the bottom up. They literally paint it. – Wow. – Who pays them? – This is awesome.
This is a cool community thing. – I love the language.
It sounds so cool. – I’d rather put in all
my time and effort doing this and then at
the end be like, look at what we did.
That’s what makes it so much more fun. – (FBE) Finally, the last clip
showcases various Russ celebrations. – Dang, you guys are
making me jealous. – Wow.
Hype. – Oh, it’s lit. – Who’s blowing the whistle?
That really is keeping the party going is
the whistle. – That bus driver’s like,
“It’s that time of year again.” – That’s huge. – Oh my God, the bus
is so cute, though. – Dang.
(laughs) – Oh my God,
it’s like a rave. – I can’t tell you how many
times I’ve seen that on my Snapchat.
All my Danish friends. – That looks so fun. – Three weeks of that
every night. Holy [bleep]. – It just looks like
a giant frat party. That’s what it looks like. – Hey, and they all have
the matching pants, aw. – Damn, that looks fun as hell. – That’s fun though.
It’s kinda just one big last hurrah with all the kids
you grew up with. – The buses are so cute
and to think that they all spent their time
and painted it together, that’s so cute. – (speaking Norwegian)
Endgame. – I love that it ranges
from very huge buses to a minivan.
It’s whatever you have and I think that’s what
makes it fun. – Okay, turn up. – They taking shots?
They’re like nineteen. – Yeah, just everyone looks
like they’re having a great time.
I think that’s what we need here. We’re just so serious
and boring. – Oh my gosh, that
looks so fun. – I’d be the most lit person
there. I put it down. – That’s so cool.
I wanna go back to Denmark and do that. – I feel like this could
get really unsafe real fast though. – It’s too much for me, man.
I couldn’t do that. – I went to a Catholic prom,
so we couldn’t even– we were just there like,
whoo. They’re going crazy. – I have mixed opinions,
’cause just the dumb side of me, I’m like,
“Dude, just get partying and having fun for
three weeks.” Dude, hell yeah,
but then I’m like, “Three weeks.
That’s a long time.” – (FBE) Okay, so we’re not
Norwegian, so we’re gonna do our best to
pronounce this correctly, – Yes.
– (FBE) But as you mentioned earlier, Russefeiring…
– Okay. – (FBE) …is a traditional
celebration for Norwegian students in their final
spring semester in high school and it dates all the way back
to 1905. – This isn’t something new. – That makes it a lot
more reasonable for the parents to allow their
kids to do it because their parents
obviously did it. Even their grandparents,
possibly did it. – (FBE) So, these celebrations
typically go on from April 20th to May 17th.
– I know. It’s so long. – (FBE) While seeing this
tradition, have you ever given thought to how other
teens in other countries celebrate their final year
of high school? – I haven’t given thought to it
up until this point. I’m surprised this isn’t
a thing here. – I definitely know because
of foreign exchange students. They’re more lax about kids
having fun, so the drinking ages are much lower
versus American culture, it’s so totally different. – I feel like prom is just
like a high school thing everywhere, but I guess not. – It’s pretty cool to see that,
’cause I know living in America sometimes it’s like living
in a bubble. You just assume everybody else
does what you do too. – Since I graduated in
Denmark, I was like, “I kinda wanna go see
how high school’s like in America.”
It’s kind of similar, it’s just not as much
drinking and partying. – (FBE) So, one of the
main highlights of the celebration is the Russ bus.
– Yeah. – (FBE) The bus is used
by 15 to 25 students with some reporting the average
cost of buying and renovating the bus to be around
$116,000. – That hurt my stomach. – (FBE) It’s common to start
planning for your Russ year starting freshman year.
If this were a tradition here, do you think this is
something you and your peers would be able to
organize starting from freshman year, similar
to the video we showed you? – Yeah, well the thing is,
it costs money to go to college in America, so you know,
a lot of people’s parents would be like, “You know,
you could use some money towards your college.” – People here struggle
to have the same friends for two months,
so I definitely don’t think that anyone in high school
could have done that. – If it was culturally acceptable
to do it, I think it totally would be done in America. – Most definitely.
I would be the leader if I had to.
I would push them like, this is what’s gonna happen,
’cause we would have to be the most lit bus. – (FBE) So, another aspect
of the tradition is the various dares
the students complete in order to win these knots
that they put on their Russ caps. Some of these challenges
can be as silly as wearing bread on your feet for a day
or chugging beer with tampons in your mouth.
– What? – (FBE) But, they also get
really racy like daring someone to have sex outdoors.
– Oh my God. – That’s when I feel like
it can get dangerous. People get in trouble,
’cause they could be silly things or it could be
terrible things. – We have that in Denmark.
There’s different cuts, something like if you lose
your virginity on the night and some of them are as easy
as kissing a stranger. – (FBE) All of this is part
of the tradition in Norway, but not everyone participates
in it, of course, but there is that side,
so do you think your parents and schools
would be open to having a Russ celebration knowing
those other sides to it? – Truly, not even a little bit. – Norway, it’s been going on
for a while, so everyone has a good idea,
but if we were just to bring it over here,
I think everyone would be confused and everyone would
be freaking out. – If we tried to bring this,
I’d have been like, “Listen, we have this cool idea.
Norway does it. We just party three weeks straight.”
I don’t think the government or the school system would
allow that. – We have this giant handcuff
on our youth and I think that’s where
a lot of our youth gets in trouble, but if you
let them have their fun with this three week thing,
then it’s a great way for them to get it all out
and then focus on that fourth week for finals. – There are so many implications
that can happen if you’re caught with a video of drinking
or anything. It could be sent to your
college you’re going to. It’s crazy that it’s acceptable
in Norway and it’s just not acceptable here even
though we’re just kids and we’re doing the same thing.
We’re the same ages. – (FBE) So finally, the Russ
celebrations end on May 17th, so teens in Norway are still
partying as we film today. – Party on. – (FBE) So, if you had the chance,
would rather go to prom or have a Russ party?
– Russ. Prom’s one night.
Russ is three weeks. – I’d probably have the Russ party. – Russ. – I’m going to the Russ
in my would have been prom suit. – I would probably do
the Russ party. – A Russ party just because
it’s interesting to experience other cultures. – I’d rather have a Russ party. – I’d probably stick with prom
just because I’m like, “This is safe.” – Russ because prom
is one night. I’d rather go ham.
Three weeks of partying. – Russ, please.
I’d rather spend 116 grand on a nice bus with a bunch
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