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18 Ridiculously Helpful Norwegian Habits You Should Adopt

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How a lot have you learnt about Norwegian individuals? After a number of years dwelling in Norway, and a lifetime of visiting my Norwegian household each summer time and Christmas, I’ve come throughout a number of stereotypes of Norwegian individuals, in addition to some habits that you simply won’t suspect of Norwegian individuals.

Plus, after the uproar final week over my writing about how I secretly want I have been Scottish, I really feel like I want to point out slightly love for my Norwegian roots.

Okay nice, there was no uproar, simply my very own guilt over betraying my individuals.

And I ought to really feel responsible, as a result of being (even solely half) Norwegian is superior. In reality, each time I learn one of many billions of “Useful Habits of Ridiculously Profitable Individuals That You Have to Undertake” articles on the market, I all the time end with not solely a brand new willpower to start out waking up early and by some means incorporate lemon water into my food plan, but in addition a sense that these individuals is perhaps “ridiculously profitable,” however they don’t have something on Norwegian individuals.

As a result of individuals dwelling in Norway are onto one thing – 18 issues, in reality.

1. Norwegians breathe in when saying sure.

I imply, that’s simply sensible.

2. Norwegian individuals assume actually boring issues are fascinating.

It looks like just about something will rely as leisure for a Norwegian individual. Good day, sluggish television. And have you ever seen the Norwegian information? Even I’m information in Norway.

three. “Mmmm.”

No, they haven’t simply eaten one thing scrumptious, Norwegian individuals simply love to provide a superb lengthy “mmmm” in response to only about no matter you say. It’s type of the Norwegian equal to the tremendous ambiguous Indian/Nepali head bob.

I discover myself doing it on a regular basis now as nicely, even with my non Norwegian associates, who’re identical to, are you able to please use your phrases? Sorry, buddies, that is the Norwegian approach.

four. Battle? What’s that?

Norwegian individuals have a tremendous and typically downright baffling capacity to brush something off. They inform me it’s as a result of they don’t like confrontation so would quite simply let stuff slide, however as a woman with a little bit of a mood I’m all the time in awe of how cool my Norwegian pals can stay no matter what’s thrown at them. And sure, I completely attempt to provide you with methods to impress them, and sure, I all the time fail.

Although after shifting as much as Northern Norway I might identical to so as to add that this won’t be true of Northerners.

Lol, this undoubtedly isn’t true of Northerners. In truth I really feel like Northern Norwegian individuals are so totally different than the Norwegians of the south that perhaps they deserve their very own weblog publish. What do you assume, ought to I write up one thing about Northern Norwegian individuals?

5. They’re tall.

Does that rely as a behavior? I assume not, however it positive is useful typically.

That’s to not say the Scandinavian look is all excellent news, although. Some individuals are so blonde right here they’ve to attract on their eyebrows.

Oh wait, is that a development all over the place?

6. Individuals dwelling in Norway take getting cozy very critically.

It looks like most Norwegians’ function in life is to be cozy or have a comfortable time, particularly if it’s a Saturday.

Issues that Norwegians do to get cozy: eat sweets and/or chips, go to a cabin in the midst of the mountains with no electrical energy or operating water, spend time with individuals they love, mild roughly eight,000 candles round their residence, and eat tacos.

I’m truly unsure if the taco factor counts as kos, or in the event that they’re doing it as a result of it’s Taco Friday. I’m nonetheless studying a lot about this place!

7. They snus as an alternative of smoke.

Just a little a part of me dies inside each time I’ve to promote somebody tobacco at work (as a result of I little a part of them goes to die), however as a non-smoker I’m a minimum of grateful that as an alternative of getting a face filled with smoke from my tobacco-loving neighbors, in Norway all I’ve to cope with is the sight of that bizarre bulge within the nook of their higher lip.

eight. They drink fish oil by the jugful.

I do know as a result of once I labored in a grocery store I bought fish oil by the jugful, and these Norwegians purchase an entire lot of it. Now that’s a very good behavior.

Learn additionally: 5 Norwegian TV Exhibits That Show Norway is Loopy

9. They love nature.

I imply, I’m fairly positive anybody who visits Norway goes to like the character right here. However I’m additionally fairly positive nobody who visits will like it fairly as a lot as a Norwegian individual does. Typically they get somewhat loopy with their love.

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10. They’re appreciative of being Norwegian.

They know that they’re actually, actually fortunate to not have been born in Sweden.

I’m kidding, Sweden. Properly, kind of. I did have so as to add that I’m kidding right here as a result of I appear to have upset some Swedes within the feedback part, which kind of makes me marvel concerning the Swedish humorousness? I imply, I’m completely stereotyping Norwegians right here however none of them are getting upset.

(Truly if there’s one factor Norwegian individuals love greater than making enjoyable of themselves it’s studying about themselves. You’re welcome, guys.)

11. They love the straightforward cabin life.

Yeah they’re actually rich and will vacation wherever they like, however no thanks, they’d somewhat go to that freezing cabin with no plumbing. They’ll even write a love letter to their outhouse in the midst of winter. Oh wait, that was me.

Does this imply I’m integrating?

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12. They stress by no means.

I’ve lived in some locations (ahem, Germany) the place individuals appeared to take delight out of being “so careworn,” and admittedly, it actually burdened me out.

Nicely, keep in mind how I stated it’s almost inconceivable to make a Norwegian indignant? It’s even more durable to emphasize Norwegian individuals out, they’re so maddeningly laid again.

I imply, low stress might be an excellent factor, however what about when there’s stuff to get finished? A deadline? One thing goes flawed? Somebody is making an attempt to order a service out of your firm?

Typically I attempt to think about what necessary political conferences have to be like in Norway and I’m fairly positive they simply include a bunch of “mmmmms” after which everybody goes to their cabins for an extended weekend.

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13. The Norwegian language doesn’t have loads of phrases, however it has the necessary ones.

The Sami individuals apparently have lots of of phrases for snow. Now, I don’t know that a lot concerning the several types of snow (although I in all probability know greater than you since, you realize, I stay in Norway), however I’m guessing they do, so it makes good sense to offer them totally different names.

What I do know, nevertheless, is that beer tastes totally different when loved outdoors, and that’s why in Norwegian it’s referred to as “utepils.”


14. The phrase for boyfriend or girlfriend, kjæreste, actually which means “dearest,” is non gender particular.

Love is love!

15. Talking of gender, Norway is all about that gender equality.

16. When one thing sucks they’ll name it kjedelig, which interprets to English as “boring.”

Now, I do know that is extra of a linguistic than cultural factor, nevertheless it’s truly kind of genius. As a result of if one thing is annoying or unfair, then I can work myself up into fairly a state over how annoying or unfair it’s. As an alternative, a Norwegian will simply be all “ugh, that’s so boring.”

They usually’re proper! It often is boring and never value getting labored up over, and even fascinated with anymore in any respect.

Go forward, begin changing your indignant phrases with “boring” and watch your rage soften away.

17. They’re simply so cheery.

A Swede I used to work with was satisfied that there have to be some Twin Peaks fashion sinister happenings happening beneath all of the cheeriness in Rauland, however I’m fairly positive it’s simply that mountain air.

Although in accordance with my dad, who has been coming to Norway as a foreigner for means longer than I’ve, Norwegian individuals didn’t was so cheerful. The truth is, they was fairly stern. Norway additionally was one of many poorest nations in Europe, and now it’s one of many richest. Perhaps cash should buy happiness?!

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18. They’re tremendous humble.

Whereas dwelling in Japan my good friend Kathryn used to snort about how for those who say yoroshiku onegaishimasu to a Japanese individual it’s like pushing a button that makes them bow. (Truly, should you say it to me I’ll in all probability additionally bow.)

Nicely, in case you reward a Norwegian individual they may: take a deep breath, look actually skeptical, scratch the again of their head whereas wanting round for an exit, after which shortly scurry away. Thanks, janteloven.

I imply, it may be annoying whenever you’re nonetheless in the midst of a dialog they usually’ve simply up and left, however principally it’s simply fairly lovable.

Sorry, Norwegians, has this publish made you uncomfortable? I imply, you guys are the worst. You completely suck are boring.

Bonus: video

And if you wish to know extra about Norwegians and life in Norway, right here’s a video about ALL features of dwelling in Norway – the great, the dangerous, and the ugly:


There are some things Scandinavians just do right.


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