Norwegian Friends having a Beer

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"

In many places around the world

Kids are raised to become part of a group

To contribute to the group

To depend on the group

They are shown how to give and take from that group

They should contribute when they can

They will receive if they need

They depend on that group for survival



In certain countries

Working adults may share bank account with their parents until they get married

And you do not need to go far away to encounter that

Actually you do not need to get outside Europe

In Norway, children are raised to become independent and self-sufficient

It influences behaviours throughout their lives


Independence is at the core of Norwegian Friendships

Norwegians do not like to owe to others

They want things to be equal and in equilibrium

At any point in time

If a Norwegian orders just for himself

it does not mean he does not like you

it simply means that he does not want you to feel like you owe him something

He is polite

Norwegian polite


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


By Julien S. Bourrelle

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