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The "Bible Belt" ...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" I love Norwegians I travel around the country holding lectures about them I understand that Norwegians aren't all th...

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A Norwegian Marry...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" In Norway you may get married before Or after having children Sometimes people get married in a Church Sometimes not...

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Two books every f...

Norway may feel far from home Norwegians may feel cold, difficult to get to know and lacking basic politeness This is all about perceptions  Norwegians are ...

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Norway Went to th...

For years I saw Norwegians Trying to avoid social interactions Or painfully and reluctantly endured them It seemed to involve discomfort around social intera...

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Norwegian Communi...

Norwegian are pragmatic They use simple & direct communication It may feel rude if you come from abroad But really it is not meant in a bad way Norwegian...

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Norwegians do it ...

Inspired from: "The Loud American's Guide to Doing Business in Norway"  Norwegians are very disciplined Everyone is at work when they need to They work har...

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Happy 17th May, m...

Illustration: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" Today is May 17th The Norwegian national day   Everyone is happy today in Norway They go in the train in "Bun...

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The Norwegian Ega...

Illustrations: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" The Norwegian society is built on egalitarian principles Everyone is considered of equal value None should be...

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The Norwegian BBQ

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" The first time I was invited for a BBQ in Norway I marinaded overnight in Maple Syrup a pork tenderloin  And brought...

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Time for the "Dug...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway" They will send you letters With the word "Dugnad" A dugnad is supposed to be a voluntary contribution to the communi...

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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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