Illustration: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"
Welcome to a beautiful country
With beautiful people
A place where cities are small, clean, well-organised and unpolluted.
People come from all around the world to admire Norway’s stunning fjords and mountains, and its pristine nature.
Norwegians themselves are quite beautiful, and that keeps many of us here!
The welfare system is one of the world’s most generous and provides the very best family support.
Everyone is considered equal and very little social classes exist.
There is a strong feeling of community where everyone is expected and willing to contribute to society.
People respect each other, it is a peaceful place with little aggressiveness and low criminality
Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"
Two things make it challenging
The climate and connecting with Norwegians.
Norwegians are peaceful, helpful and trustful.
They are often shy, reserved, well behaved, well organised, calm, efficient, pragmatic and serious.
When Norwegians are sober, rigid norms frame their social interactions.
If you do not obey these unwritten social norms, you may easily end up not succeeding socially.
This changes with alcohol and the contrast can be shocking.
I wrote two social guidebooks to help you adapt
By Julien S. Bourrelle
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