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Customs – Norway

In Norway They are direct and somewhat reticent towards the conversation. However, they are sincere and tolerant. If you do something wrong, they will understand and tell you bluntly. Their customs Y social conventions They are not very different from the rest of Europe.

The greeting is given with a handshake. Among men and women who know each other, the greeting is with a hug. It is very rare that they kiss the cheek. One of the first questions they will ask you when greeting you is what do you think of their country. Since they feel that their country is not well known, speaking well and showing knowledge about it will be extremely valued.

Perhaps a most curious feature is the fact that Norwegians rarely use “please.” It is not because of an education issue, but because the Norwegian language rarely uses this word. On the other hand, the word “thank you” is used for everything.

Norwegians use the first name in any formal situation. There is no right way to talk to different people “hierarchy.” Formalities are demonstrated by actions and not in words. Calm, low voice and silence are very appreciated virtues, should not be confused with a bad mood.

Casual clothing is common. There is no dress code. Despite this, some bars and clubs do not accept clients in tennis and jeans. When you are invited to a house make sure you take off your shoes. Norwegian wooden floors are delicate and any contact with snow or mud can ruin them. If you do not want to remain without shoes, you can take some indoors.

Despite being a very tolerant and open country, there are certain issues that are best avoided. For example, Norway It is a country with a very active whaling industry. Although there are always pockets of opposition among Norwegians, the majority will be engaged in heated discussions in favor. Another sensitive issue is World War II, when they were occupied by Germany. Therefore avoid any mention of this.

May 17 marks the national day of Norway. There are parades and dances through the main streets of all towns and cities. Among the attendees it is customary to use the typical dress called the “bunad” the typical rural costume of Norwegians.

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