Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"
They will send you letters
With the word "Dugnad"
A dugnad is supposed to be a voluntary contribution to the community
But really it is not
If you do not participate you risk to be socially excluded
The only acceptable excuse is if you are
Going to the hytte
Or are abroad
Many Norwigians go abroad and to their hytte during the dugnad period
The dugnad leader will ask you to clean the street and the park nearby
Or paint the apartment block
Or at work to assemble new furniture and change the decoration
Manual work provides a frame and a reason to socialize for Norwegians
Your neigbourgs who avoided
And never stopped to greet you since you moved in
May suddenly invite you for dinner after the dugnad
They have a reason to invite you
You did practical work together
Not many Norwegians like the Dugnad
But everyone who cannot go abroad or the hytte does it
Otherwise you may get rejected
You may create conflict
Norwegians are very "conflict-shy"
So just do it
Norwegians will love you
And you may make friends with them
GENERAL TIPS: Take part in activities with a purpose and you will be successful socially in Norway.
Learn more about the Norwegian way of doing things in "The Social Guidebook to Norway"
By Julien S. Bourrelle
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