Time for the "Dugnad" again

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

Do it

Manual work provides a frame and a reason to  socialize for Norwegians

Your neigbourgs who avoided

Eye contact

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.

Enjoy Norway!



Learn more about the Norwegian way of doing things in "The Social Guidebook to Norway"

By Julien S. Bourrelle

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