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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