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The referee

Iben Kamilla Iddeng (16), Oslo
The TV series SKAM (Shame) has led to international focus on young Norwegians. We have met 10 real youngsters from generation Skam, representing both urban and rural parts of the country.
Iben Kamilla Iddeng, Oslo
Iben Kamilla Iddeng, Oslo.
Photo: Alexander Benjaminsen

“The most important things that have ever happened to me are my brothers. I have three brothers, and we’ve had lots of arguments and disagreements over the years. But also so much more. They have taught me to share and to play football – and they have taught me that few things are as important as I think. I can get stressed about so many things, but they have taught me that it’s not the end of the world if I don’t make it every time. I know that no matter how I feel, I can come to them. They will do anything to cheer me up.”

So you don’t worry about anything anymore?
“Well… Right now, I worry about the looming graduation and that I might be examined in maths. And sometimes I get a bit embarrassed because I talk too much and take up a lot of space.”

You attend Hartvig Nissen, the actual school featured in SKAM. Have you met many SKAM tourists?
“Disappointingly few! I haven’t really seen many at all. Some people have taken pictures in the school yard, but nothing more than that.”

You were even an extra in the show?
“You could only see my back on the screen. It didn’t really matter, but it would have been cool to be more involved, especially since the show is both great and important. On the other hand I was once filmed in connection with a dance performance at school, which was shown on TV in Pakistan. That was weird!”

What is the best thing about living where you live?
“That I feel so safe. I am never scared when I am out alone and I always feel that if anything happens, the people in the local community will help me. Also, I love all the cool people in my area.”

If you got visitors and wanted to show them the nicest place Oslo has to offer, where would that be?
“Grünerløkka! There are so many cool things to look at and buy there. The place is alive with interesting people, it has lots of parks you can relax in, and there are young people everywhere. I think that is why so many people have settled there.”

You play football. Are you tough on the field?
“I play the striker or wing position mostly. I don’t usually play it rough, but if we’re losing, I’ll toughen up my game. In my spare time I also referee football matches to make some extra money.”

Are you a strict referee?
“Strict, but fair.”

What else do you do?
“I take pictures. Photography has interested me for many years, and I remember the Christmas when I got my first camera. I was so happy! I love how you can keep memories by taking pictures. I look at them on the days when I don’t feel so good.”

What makes you happy?
“I am really, really happy when I get to travel. When I can experience different cultures, people, and food. I’m also very pleased when I have mastered something I’ve been dreading, like school presentations and football matches.”

What do you want to do when you grow up?
“I want to make a difference for neglected children. A home should be a safe place where you always feel welcome and loved. I want to help as many people as possible to get a childhood as good as mine were.”

Things to do in Oslo

Iben Kamilla Iddeng, Oslo

Iben Kamilla Iddeng, Oslo.
Photo: Alexander Benjaminsen
Iben Kamilla Iddeng, Oslo

Iben Kamilla Iddeng, Oslo.
Photo: Alexander Benjaminsen
Iben Kamilla Iddeng, Oslo

Iben Kamilla Iddeng, Oslo.
Photo: Alexander Benjaminsen
About SKAM

Skam is a Norwegian teen drama TV series about the daily life of teenagers at the Hartvig Nissen School, a gymnasium in the West End borough of Frogner in Oslo. The series is created by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK).

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