What is Politeness in Norway?

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"

Are Norwegians polite? 

Social codes, norms and manners are different in Norway

If you want to be polite in Norway

Respecting privacy, space and silence is important

Norwegians may not disturb someone only to greet them without a purpose

You avoid speaking loudly in public places to respect others

You do not listen to high music in your headphones

You leave space

Both physically and psychologically


"In Norway, politeness is often about not disturbing others"

Norwegians are practical, purposeful and efficient in their politeness

They do not want to disturb

They won’t even disturb you to tell you that you are being impolite

They will let it go

This also prevents confrontation

Norwegians are very uncomfortable with confrontation

Welcome to Norway

You may need a guide


Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"

By Julien S. Bourrelle

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