Norwegian Nightmare

Drawings from "The 100 Unwritten Norwegian Social Laws

You cannot escape

You have no reason to talk

The distance to fellow humans is uncomfortably close

You really hope that no one will come into the elevator

Damn an American comes in!

Asking you weird things

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

Don't worry he doesn't

It is just part of his politeness norms

To ask how people are doing

You can just repeat the question instead of answering

In some place it is polite to look at others in the eyes

Say hi

Ask how you are doing

When entering the elevator

They even say goodbye when leaving

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



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



By Julien S. Bourrelle

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