The Norwegian Neighbour

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"

Do not be surprised if your Norwegian neighbour passes just in front of you

Without looking at you

Without greeting you

As if you did not exist

As if you were invisible

He is not rude, nor impolite

He is actually very polite

Norwegian polite

He does not want to disturb

He will talk to you if there is a practical reason to do so

If something is wrong with the garden

If he is unpleased by something

If your neighbours, colleagues and acquaintances do not greet you and small talk, it does not mean they do not like you

They are just trying to be polite, Norwegian polite

If you meet in another setting where there is a reason to speak

Like in «Syden» or at «marka»

It will provide a comfortable framework and a practical reason to speak to you

And you neighbour will be more than happy to speak with you then!


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



By Julien S. Bourrelle

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