The Norwegian Mountains

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"

In our article about the Norwegian hytte

We discussed how Norwegians will drive for hours

Walk across forests, rivers and mountains

To reach a place where they can be isolated, in nature, alone and peaceful

In such an isolated place

Norwegian feel safe

They greet

They small talk

For no reason

When family and friends come to visit from abroad

I bring them to the Norwegian mountains

I show them how beautiful the Norwegian wilderness is

And how polite Norwegians are

Everyone says "hei"

Norwegians smile to people they have never met

Some even stop to small talk

About the weather

About the beauty of the landscape

Some might even ask foreigners where they are from

Why they are in Norway

Wishing them welcome to this magnificent country

When Norwegians have the possibility to escape

In the mountains, at the hytte, when cross-country skiing

They greet

They acknowledge each other

It is enjoyable

Everyone feels welcomed


Without the possibility to escape

Contact may be a little more difficult

Norwegian might not say hi

They may look away

And forget to acknowledge the person that just entered the elevator


Politeness in Norway is about not disturbing others

That could be one way to explain the Norwegian elevator


Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"


By Julien S. Bourrelle

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