Karl was born on a small farm in Norway. There were only 2 neighbors, no telephone, no road, no electricity, He started basic but then still until he turned 14 years old, he spent on this farm every summer, so in a way, he was growing up in such kind of lifestyle: "That was a good start. And you know when you grow up like that, you learn to do everything".
Berit was born in Finnmark, in Hammerfest, and then moved to Tromsø when she was five years old, but her whole family comes from the countryside. Although she was growing up in Tromsø, every summer Berit was in the countryside and visited her family, and the same there they had no electricity, they had farms, so she also took part in the adults' life, to work a little bit: "And of course, it was a good school, it gave me skills, as Karl says, for the rest of my life".