Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway 2"
I lived in Spain
The mother of my roommate would hold her hand
each time we would visit her at the village
My roommate was 33 years old at the time
I was 25
Her mother would also hold my hand
Even if we only had met a couple of times
She would show me around the medieval town she grew up in
Holding my hand
Physical contact was her way to express a warm feeling
To make an outsider feel welcomed
We see few mothers holding the hand of their daughters
Once their daughter grow up
It does not mean the mother and her child are less connected
There is simply less physical contact between people in Scandinavia
Except in certain situations
When Norwegians touch each other a lot
And that can be surprising for certain cultures ...
Learn more in "The Social Guidebook to Norway"
By Julien S. Bourrelle
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