Norwegian Men Giving Compliments

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"

Men around the world compliment women

This is sometime expected and appreciated 


Norwegian men tend to be more subtle


They will imply a compliment rather than saying it directly

They compliment in ways that make Norwegian women feel comfortable

They have learnt from experience that giving direct compliments to Norwegian women may not be appreciated in the same way as it is in other countries

This also applies to feedback at work or in friendships

Norwegians have a tendency to give feedback and compliments in an indirect way

At work, in friendships, in relationships

When interacting with people from another culture

One needs to learn to interpret other people's behaviours not in terms of what it means in your own culture

But in terms of what it means in the culture of those your are interacting with

Same if you are a Norwegian woman and receive compliments from foreign men

Most people have good intentions


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


By Julien S. Bourrelle

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