The Norwegian Sauna


Norwegians like to keep their distance with strangers

They also avoid eye contact 

And tend to be a little reserved and introvert in their social interactions

 

But when it comes to sitting right next to strangers in a very small hot room

They feel so comfortable that they may well sit completely naked

And it feels normal

I wish I knew in advance

So I could prepare mentally

 

Sometimes they will separate genders

But not always

After the sauna session

You may be asked to roll in the snow or to jump into a river

While this may feel a little weird

It does fit very well within my understanding of Norwegian socialization

Do something physical first

Suffer together

And then it will be confortable to eat and talk together!

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Learn more about the Norwegian culture for Christmas. (Also available in Norwegian "Nordmenn uten filter")