I'm struggling to get a nb_NO version of the wordpress admin interface. Here's what I've done so far:

  • Installed latest wordpress from wordpress.org
  • Moved installation from root to wp/ - site working fine
  • Edited wp-config.php to define('WPLANG', 'nb_NO');
  • Went to wp-admin and clicked "Re-install now" on the 3.5.1–nb_NO update.

The update runs with no errors, but the admin is still in english. I've tried with different languages as well with the same result.

What am I doing wrong? Moving the wp core to wp/ should not brake the language installer..?

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    Are the correct language file in wp-content/languages/?
    – fuxia
    Commented May 1, 2013 at 11:03
  • Thanks for your comment. Couldn't find the language files anywhere so that got me thinking Wordpress is having trouble writing the files to the languages folder. I posted my solution as an answer below.
    – simen
    Commented May 1, 2013 at 20:06

2 Answers 2


The problem was that I had changed the 'WP_CONTENT_DIR' directory, and Wordpress did not have writing permission to the new content folder, so it couldn't create the 'WP_CONTENT_DIR'/languages folder.

After creating the languages folder in my new WP_CONTENT_DIR directory Wordpress did the language upgrade successfully.




Try download this package


If its not working. This package should obtain Norwegian language.


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