Do this to Norwegian Women | "New to Oslo" version

As a young man, I was told

That a man should always walk between a woman at the cars

That a man should always open doors for women

That a man should walk women home at night


When I got to Norway, women told me

They could open doors themselves

That I should not change side of the sidewalk

And thought I was trying to get in bed when walking them home at night



Genders relate differently in Norway

Perhaps for good reasons

Gender-based politeness gestures common in so many countries

Often employer men

Putting them in a position of control and authority


Genders are equal in Norway

It makes gender interactions simpler

Norwegian men often do what is most practical and efficient




It helps to prevent conflict

Ensure equality

And everyone is happy


The way Norwegian women react to foreign gallantry 

Varies with age

I learnt to love Norwegian women

Off all ages

Some say this is what keeps me in Norway


By Julien S. Bourrelle

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Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"