Norway vs America

Drawings from "The 100 Unwritten Norwegian Social Laws

In an elevator

You cannot escape

You have no reason to talk

The distance to strangers is uncomfortably close for Norwegians

And they really hope that no one will come into the elevator

Damn an American comes in!

And he starts asking weird things

Why on Earth is this complete stranger wondering how you are doing

Actually he doesn't

It is just an American

It is part of his politeness norms to ask people how they are doing

Just repeat the question instead of answering

In some places, like in the USA, it is polite to look at strangers in the eyes when you meet them

Say hi

Ask how they are doing

You do that when entering the elevator

And when you leave you say goodbye 

For Norwegians this is a nightmare

Norwegians can greet

Small talk


But they need to be doing an activities

have a lot of space

And feel like they can escape at any moment

Like in nature for example



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


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