How do Happy Norwegians Greet

illustrations from: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"

In some places around the word

When good friends suddenly bump into each other

They express their joy and enthusiasm in obvious manners

Often loudly

With a lot of body movements

And close physical contact

In Norway

Good friends may be a little more subtle

In their expression of feelings

They are still good friends

They simply expressed their emotions differently

They may express their surprise and happiness with statements like

«Oi» or «Nei, men»


If you meet a Norwegian abroad

And he appears reserved

Or even “cold”

Remember that it does not mean he is rude

Or that he does not like you

He just expresses feelings in a different way


illustrations from: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"


By Julien S. Bourrelle

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