Norwegian Women - How to handle them?

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"

Since I was 12 year old, I have been told

To open doors for women

To walk on the right side of the sidewalk

To carry women's bags


When I came to Norway,

women told me

they could open doors themselves

that I should not change side on the sidewalk to walk between them and the cars

and that I should not carry their bags


Norwegians women love to be independent

When you come from a place where men and women

Have more defined roles

Where gallantry is central to gender interactions

Where men are raised in a masculine role to care and protect

Where women expect these behaviors from men

Adaptation to Norway may not be easy

Norwegians expectations may be confusing

For both foreign women and foreign men

In most societies in the world men and women have more defined roles than in Norway

Adaptation is not easy

We hope that Our Social Guidebooks to Norway will help you understand better Norwegians expectations and perceptions of gender roles



By Julien S. Bourrelle

Book a lecture