The Norwegian Sauna

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"

Norwegians like to keep their distance with strangers while waiting for the bus

They also avoid eye contact with strangers

And tend to be a little shy in their social interactions

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

They feel comfortable being completely naked!

And it feels totally normal

I wish I knew in advance

So I could prepare mentally

Sometimes they will separate genders

But not always

Even if you do not wish to see your mother and father in law lying naked next to you

You might not have a choice

All your attributes will be thoroughly observed

After the sauna session

You may be asked to roll in the snow naked

 Then you may be accepted into the family

And you can now speak together and eat together


While this may feel a little special

It actually fits very well within my understanding of Norwegian socialization

Do something physical first

Then eat and talk


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