You did better play sports and get good grades

In Norway, it is usually not allowed to show that you are smart

It is ok to be smart as long as you do not spend all your time studying

and that you make an effort to hide that you are smart

You did better play football and get good grades,

than sit at home studying and get good grades

If you did do well for a test and did prepare a lot,

you better pretend that “you were lucky”,

that “you did not read that much”

While this may be considered even more like bragging in other cultures,

in Norway it makes people feel good

that you “just were lucky”

and that you are humble about your good achievements

They can continue doing sport without feeling bad about it


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.