Entering a shop in Norway

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"

I lived two years in Spain

In Spain when you enter a shop you say “¡Hola!”

The cashier replies “¡Hola!”

And all the other people in the shop reply “¡Hola!”

It looks a little bit like this

I Norway when you enter a shop a greet

Both employees and customers may wonder what you are after

Why is he saying "hei"? 

In Norway greetings mean something different

You greet when you have a reason to

When you have something to talk about

When you have something purposeful to say

Greetings are more pragmatic

Norwegians are not rude

They simply have codes that differs from other cultures

Politennes is often about not disturbing others

And respecting each other’s privacy



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


By Julien S. Bourrelle

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