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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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Norwegian Women -...

Since I was 12 year old, I have been told to open doors for women , to walk on the right side of the sidewalk, to carry women's bags. When I came to 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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Norway is best. S...

Norway is great Absolutely fantastic The best country in Scandinavia   We have the best women The best, absolutely greatest women Sexy, smart, inte...

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Norwegians and Wi...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" Think of a wild cat What happens if you come close to it Move a lot Make noise Or try to give it food? The wild cat...

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Hyttevenner

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway 2" Many Norwegians have a hytte* This is a good example of a social bubble If they make friends at the hytte these a...

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Norwegian Christm...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" Norwegians might not have seen their friends for over a year They want to show them how much they care They will spe...

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Norwegian Service...

Today I walked into a hotel just outside Oslo. Two employees were talking together at the reception desk. I waited a few seconds looking at them. Nothing. T...

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The Norwegian "Ju...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"  I wrote on this blog That it may be difficult to create contact with Norwegians That conversations may sometime b...

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A Norwegian mothe...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway 2" I lived in Spain The mother of my roommate would hold her hand each time we would visit her at the village   ...

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Do not worry, it ...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" It is always nice to compliment Norwegians I was once at a concert with a lovely Norwegian girl it was difficult to ...

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