Norwegian Friday nights

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"

A few days after I first came to Norway

I wanted to explore the city at night

I saw beautiful blond Norwegian young women

In nice dresses

Crawling on the sidewalks


And men in full suits

Crawling after them

They call it “fadderuke”

It is one week at the beginning of the university

where new Norwegian students are locked together into a group 

given alcohol

and forced to socialize

Norwegians make friends for life during that week

The relationship Norwegians enjoy with alcohol can be surprising

I encourage Norwegians to drink

It makes them happy

They give each other physical contact

And many meet their partners like this

But I always suggest to “Prevent the crawling”


Enjoy Fadderuke

Have fun, party, hug, have sex

But prevent the crawling

Other Norwegians traditions including alcohol includes Russ, or the grown up version of it, Julebord


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


By Julien S. Bourrelle

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