Illustration: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" (Color Edition)

Norway is not an easy place to live in

Especially in mid-November in the dark, under the snow and freezing temperatures

Knowing that the Sun will not be back until May

And that most of your life will be spent between four walls for the next six months

But let us think for a moment about how beautiful of a country Norway is

And how beautiful people Norwegians are

It is place where cities are small, clean, well-organised and unpolluted

People come from all around the world to admire Norway’s stunning fjords and mountains, and its pristine nature

Norwegians themselves are quite beautiful, and that keeps many of us here!

The welfare system is one of the world’s most generous and provides the very best family support

Everyone is considered equal and very little social classes exist

There is a strong feeling of community where everyone is expected and willing to contribute to society

People respect each other, it is a peaceful place with little aggressiveness and low criminality

Two things make it challenging

The climate and connecting with Norwegians

Norwegians are peaceful, helpful and trustful

They are often shy, reserved, well behaved, well organised, calm, efficient, pragmatic and serious

When Norwegians are sober, rigid norms frame their social interactions

If you do not obey these unwritten social norms, you may easily end up not succeeding socially

This changes with alcohol and the contrast can be shocking

I wrote two social guidebooks to help you adapt socially

And Sean Percival wrote a great book helping you Working with Norwegians

Enjoy Norway and Norwegians


Read more about our amazing Norwegian friends in our Complete Norwegian Toolkit 


By Julien S. Bourrelle 

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