The Norwegian Arm

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"

Norwegians are polite, pragmatic and efficient

Politeness in Norway means not to disturb others

Norwegians prevent unnecessary verbal communication

They do not need help from anyone

They like to be independent

Not to owe others

Not to disturb others

They are polite in their Norwegian way

The pragmatic Norwegian arm may be surprising for some

Especially those coming from countries where politeness norms differ from Norway

For Norwegians, it is much simpler, polite and pragmatic to reach out to what they want across the table

than disturbing the one sitting next to them by asking to pass them the bread!

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


By Julien S. Bourrelle

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