Unwritten Norwegian Social Law § 48 "You shall not walk in cross-country ski tracks without wearing skis"


Unwritten Norwegian Social Law § 48

"You shall not walk in cross-country ski tracks without wearing skis"

If you do, Norwegians may scream "Løype" or stare at you.

“Løype” means “slope”, but really it means “Get the hell out of the ski slopes”.

There are not many politeness rules in Norway, politeness in Norway is usually about not disturbing others.

Do not walk in the ski tracks.

In Norway, ski tracks are maintained better than the national highways, and Norwegians are very proud of that.

Do not take this lightly!

Enjoy the Norwegian winter :)  

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This is one of the 100 Unwritten Norwegian Social Laws presented in Egil Aslak Hagerup's book "The 100 Unwritten Norwegian Social Laws"

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