Well maybe it is a Swedish thing. IKEA is after all a Swedish company, not a Norwegian company.Lingonberry jam was always in our house and used as such...on toast, etc. I have had reindeer stew in Norway, with lingonberries simply sprinkled on top. I do not recall my mother much using it as a condiment with meat. I think it may have taken the place of cranberries with turkey from time to time. She made really good Norwegian meatballs, but not served with tyttebær (what my parents always called lingonberry). I'll have to try the Ikea variety if ever I get to Vancouver again (or maybe there's an Ikea in Victoria).
Anyway, hearing of tyttebær brings back memories. Not often heard of in Canada. Kinda' like gjetost (goat milk cheese from Norway) or torskerogn (cod roe) - nice when you can find it.
I've only visited Norway once and that was for a week or so spent in Bergen. I liked it but too much open face fish based sandwiches for my liking. I'm not a big fish fan at all.
I found their smoking and drinking habits a bit of an eye-opener. Most people who smoke, roll their own cigarettes to save money and I'm not talking about poor people. They also drink at home to save money before going out for say a Friday evening to meet friends at a bar. Then they smoke 'tailor made' packaged cigarettes while out at the bar or restaurant etc. Apparently, it is a result of the high taxes on alcohol and tobacco.