Personal Space - The Norwegian Bench

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 stand



When i first came to Trondheim

I would go and sit in the middle

Very often

One of the person would stand up

and take a step aside

After a little while

I realised that you cannot sit

This is a full bench

If you look different

Or wear religious symbols

How easy would it be for you to believe

That people go away from you

Because of the color of your skin

Or your religion

It has nothing to do with that

Norwegian simply need space

We all see the world through cultural glasses

Welcome to Norway

You may need a guide


Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"


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