The Norwegian "Julebord"

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"

 I wrote on this blog

That it may be difficult to create contact with Norwegians

That conversations may sometime be a little challenging

That Norwegians require great personal space


But Something very special happens at this time of the year

I did not know what it was at first

 Suddenly everyone started to say “hi”

and began to talk to each other


They gave each other hugs

and a lot of physical contact

And suddenly

Something even more special happened

Norwegians started to show emotions

Norwegian compensate for the difficult sober state

And the contrast can be surprising at times

They become curious

And happy to talk with strangers

This is a special day

 it is Julebord!


If your colleagues have feedback

Positive or negative

They may wait for that specific day of the year to tell you


If someone is interested in you

That person may also wait for that day of the year to show it


It is a good idea to explain to foreigners what a julebord is

I was slightly surprised the first time it happened to me


These are my books


They explain all what you have to know about Norwegians

They are called "The Social Guidebook to Norway"

Get them for Christmas 

With an extra 15% on already reduced prices

Use discount code "JULEBORD" before checkout

Enjoy the Julebordsesong!




By Julien S. Bourrelle

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