Norwegian Women: "I can do it myself!"

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"

Since I was 12 year old

I was told to open doors for women

to walk on the right side of the sidewalk

to serve wine to women first


When I got to Norway

women told me

they could open doors themselves

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

and they were suspicious that I was trying to get them drunk when serving them wine

Norwegian women are independent

Very independent

Gender-based politeness norms are mostly absent

And it is considered as a good thing

Politeness means something different

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

Our books will help you understand better Norwegians' expectations and perceptions of gender roles

And how to explain it to foreign visitors and newcomers


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


By Julien S. Bourrelle

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