Dinners and Norwegians

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway

In Norway

A dinner is not a means of getting to know people

But the result of an established relationship

This is one of the main inversion in the way people socialize

While in many countries around the world

Friendships often start with "giving" and "receiving"

You invite someone for dinner

You have a good time together

The other person invites back a few weeks later

There is always someone owing the other

And this role switches back and forth

In Norway

We do sport together

We work voluntarily in an organisation

We socialize in well-defined organised settings first

Then after a few weeks

Or a few years

We may have dinner together

Some even share the cost between everyone attending

Friendships in Norway are equal

Norwegians do not like to owe to anyone

And are not comfortable if they feel like they need to see someone again because they owe that person something


Read more about our amazing Norwegian friends in Our Social Guidebooks to Norway 


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