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!


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


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