In Norway, it is usually not allowed to show that you are smart.
It is ok to be smart only if you make an effort to hide that you are smart
If you do well for a test and did prepare a lot
you better pretend that “you just were lucky”
that “you did not read that much”
I Norway it makes people feel good that you “just were lucky”
and that you are humble about your good achievements
Fellow Norwegians are relifthat you are not smarter than anyone else
That you "just were lucky"
This is one of the 100 Unwritten Norwegian Social Laws presented in our new book "The 100 Unwritten Norwegian Social Laws"
Read more about our amazing Norwegian friends in our other Guidebooks to Norway written by Julien S. Bourrelle and Sean Percival.