Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"
In Norway, we try not to make anyone feel better or worse than others
We make people feel good
Good enough is enough
If you are “too” good
You will feel a pressure to be just good enough
If you are struggling
The society will help you to be good enough
Those who achieve more than others are not often praised
Nor do we make those who lag behind feel like they are
We encourage, we help others
And at the end, no one should believe that they are better than others
Foreigners may find it challenging
Especially if used to a competitive society that pushes you to be best
Feedback is subtle in Norway
Learn to interpret feedback in terms of what it means in the culture of those who give it to you
TIPS to foreigners: If you are unsure about the feedback you are receiving - just ask. Norwegians will feel more comfortable to elaborate on their feedback if you ask precise questions on why you received such feedback.
TIPS to Norwegians: Help foreigners understand you better - buy them a social guidebook to Norway it is a very cheap way to bridge culture in multicultural companies.
Read more about our amazing Norwegian friends in Our Social Guidebooks to Norway