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The First Sunday ...

Today is the First Sunday of Advent. Many traditions are linked to Christmas time in Norway. They are part of the local culture. While most of these traditio...

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WHY NORWAY?

Norway is not an easy place to live in. Especially in mid-November in the dark under the snow. Here is what makes so many enjoy and appreciate Norway.

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Happiness in Norw...

This morning a Norwegian friend posted a picture of himself. Alone, on the top of a mountain, in the middle of a snowfield. He was happy. Norwegian happy.

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Being Introduced ...

In many places around the world, when you meet someone you know, you introduce the person you are with. This is basic politeness, it is expected and welcomed...

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A Norwegian Conve...

In most countries around the world, when  a conversations goes down and it becomes a little awkward, you find something to comment about . In Norway...

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The Norwegian Bus

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" This is when you know that a Norwegian bus is full and that you need to stand Norwegians value their personal s...

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This is why it is...

Illustrations: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" Before moving to Norway I lived two years in Spain After a few weeks I was able to put together a few senten...

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Borrowing from No...

Norwegians are very nice people. They will help you, they will invite you to activities, they will lend you their belongings if they are sure  that...

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The "Bible Belt" ...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" I love Norwegians I travel around the country holding lectures about them I understand that Norwegians aren't all th...

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A Norwegian Marry...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" In Norway you may get married before Or after having children Sometimes people get married in a Church Sometimes not...

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Two books every f...

Norway may feel far from home Norwegians may feel cold, difficult to get to know and lacking basic politeness This is all about perceptions  Norwegians are ...

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The Norwegian BBQ

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" The first time I was invited for a BBQ in Norway I marinaded overnight in Maple Syrup a pork tenderloin  And brought...

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Hyttelivet (The N...

Norwegians will use a great part of their savings to buy a “hytte” where they need to Carry their food on their shoulder for kilometers Get water with bucket...

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Norwegian Politeness

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" Are Norwegians polite?  Social codes, norms and manners are different in Norway Some foreigners misinterpret Norwegi...

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Birkebeineren

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" I was invited to the cabin of a Norwegian businessman. I was looking forward to a day enjoying the sight of colorfu...

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Gender Equality -...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" In Norway This situation is totally normal  And encouraged And so is this one Totally normal and encouraged ...

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Norwegian Greetin...

Here in Norway You can greet others with a handshake Or just with "hello" Or simply avoid eye contact You should at all time Avoid hugging Avoid Kissing ...

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The Scandinavian ...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"             As a young man, I was told That a man should always walk between a woman and the cars That a man should ...

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HM King Harald V ...

A few months ago you said these words Which echoed across the planet "Norwegians are girls that love girlsBoys that love boysAnd boys and girls that love e...

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