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Place of originNorway
Region or stateNorway
Main ingredientsMutton with bone, cabbage, black pepper, wheat flour

Fårikål (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈfòːrɪkɔɫ, ˈfɔ̀rːɪkɔɫ]) is a traditional Norwegian dish, considered by many to be the country's national dish.[1][2] It consists of pieces of mutton with bone, cabbage, whole black pepper and occasionally a little wheat flour, cooked for several hours in a casserole, traditionally served with potatoes boiled in their skins. The dish is typically prepared in early autumn.

Fårikål Feast Day is celebrated on the last Thursday in September each year.[3][4]


Fårikål is a compound word literally meaning "mutton in cabbage". The name was amended from Danish "gaas i hvidkaal" (goose in white cabbage).

In popular culture[edit]

On September 29, 2012, Guinness World Records approved the World Record of making the largest portion of fårikål ever. The result was 594.2 kg fårikål, prepared to be finished at the same time, consisting of 60% lamb and 40% cabbage. The event happened in Spikersuppa, Oslo, Norway, and there were 10,000 guests present.[5]

In the 1970s, fårikål was elected national dish of Norway by the popular radio programme Nitimen. In 2014, after the controversial decision by the food and agriculture minister Sylvi Listhaug to hold a new competition,[6][2] it was reconfirmed as the national dish.[7][1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Norway sticks with fårikål as national dish". Thelocal.no. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Norway to replace fårikål as national dish". Thelocal.no. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Fårikålens Festdag". Matprat.no. 2010-10-04. Archived from the original on 2013-02-23. Retrieved 2010-10-04.
  4. ^ "Fårikålens Festdag". Farikal.no. 2010-10-04. Archived from the original on 2010-10-04. Retrieved 2010-10-04.
  5. ^ "Satte verdensrekord i fårikål". Handelsbladet. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Norway's national dish to change". Na-weekly.com – The Norwegian American. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  7. ^ "'Fårikål' wins again as Norway's national dish". Newsinenglish.no. Retrieved 15 December 2017.

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