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 not let my French side take over
So I said:
She did not really know how to react
She got a little shy
The compliment was somehow too direct
She also wanted to express that she really enjoyed the evening on my side
And gave me a beautiful Norwegian reply
"Det var ikke så verst å sitte ved siden av deg heller!"
Giving direct compliments
May make Norwegian shy
Compliments, feedback and the showing of interest towards someone
Is done carefully in Norway
In an indirect manner
Often implied rather than directly
Also at work
We have a new member in the series of "The Social Guidebook to Norway"
Just on time for Christmas
By Julien S. Bourrelle
Watch him on TED