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10 signs to spot ...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" I was in splendid Thailand enjoying the sunset looking out to the sea. A mother and her teenage daughter walked into...

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Cross-Country Skiing

Sport often practiced alone in the dark In freezing temperatures and Requiring no communication A very Norwegian sport WELCOME TO NORWAY* * You may need a g...

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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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In Norway we leav...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway 2" Babies need to learn to suffer like true Norwegians Norwegians love pain and suffering Babies need to get use to ...

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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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The Norwegian Dat...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" In most countries around the worldWhen you meet a women you likeYou say “hi” And you invite her for a date If th...

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Norwegian Women a...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway 2" In many countries around the world You will invest time and effort to make the woman you like feel special You wa...

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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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There's no such t...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" While many around the world enjoy warmth and Sun Norwegian kids grow up with a unique relationship to nature ...

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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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NAKED: Ready to m...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway 2"  The first time it happened to me I felt uncomfortable Where I come from it is not common to ask guests to strip...

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You can trust me now

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" The first year I was in Norway I meet a beautiful Norwegian girl She came from a place so remote that the Sun did no...

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A Norwegian Chris...

Every society has its own traditions, rituals and unwritten social codes We foreigners benefit from understanding better and learning the social codes of our...

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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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My First Julebord

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" The first time it happened to me I did not know how to react All my Norwegian colleagues and supervisors lined up  o...

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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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The Independent N...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" Norwegians are very independent Owing to someone is uncomfortable     Especially if you do not know the person very...

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All Americans mus...

Really We had no choice We needed to take action We hope that you will understand when you grow up   -- Understand Norway better Read "The Social Guidebook...

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Happy Norwegian F...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway 2 : Friendships and Relationships " Today is Father's Day People around the world express their warm feelings towa...

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Norwegians are li...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway 2" Think of a coconut It is hard on the outside And soft inside Just like Norwegians  Norwegians may feel hard fro...

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Welcome to Norway

Illustration: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" Welcome to a beautiful country With beautiful people  A place where cities are small, clean, well-organised a...

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The Norwegian Arm

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway 2" Norwegians are pragmatic and efficient Politeness in Norway often means not to disturb others With unnecessary com...

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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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Takk NSB!

Illustrations: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"  Thank you NSB You helped many By providing a great reason for Norwegians to speak to each other This was n...

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The Norwegian way

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway 2" Norwegians interact differently with alcohol You can smile You can eye-flirt You can "accidentally" bump into some...

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Why looking at ot...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" In many places around the world You smile You look in her eyes from the opposite side of the coffee-shop You flirt  ...

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Rules of Friendship

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway 2" In many places around the world Kids are raised to contribute to a family To become part of a group To depend on t...

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The Norwegian Mou...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" In our article about the Norwegian hytte We discussed how Norwegians will drive for hours Walk across forests, rive...

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Talking with a No...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" In most countries around the world When conversations go down You find something to comment about And the conversati...

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Good Enough is En...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" In Norway, we try not to make anyone feel better or worse than others We make people feel good Good enough Good enou...

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How to do it with...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" Since I was 12 year old I was told to open doors for women to walk on the right side of the sidewalk to serve wine t...

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Flirting in Norway

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" Frenchmen are experts in the art of seduction   And so are Italians   Norwegian men are a little more pragmati...

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Pain and Suffering

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" A potential business partner invited me to his hytte We woke up on the Saturday morning His kids were sitting on the...

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A Norwegian Woman...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" Norwegian women are independent Very independent Gender-based interactions are different in Norway -- You may need ...

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Norwegians do it ...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" Norwegians are very disciplined Everyone is at work when they need to They work hard They go to meetings They t...

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Two easy ways to ...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" Norwegians are pragmatic people They want to have their hands free  in case they need to climb a mountain Or pic...

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Personal Space - ...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" Norwegians need space A lot of Space This is when you know that a Norwegian bus stop is full And that you need to s...

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