2. Don't Try to HaggleEvery item has a fixed price tag, so unless the item is damaged trying to bargain over the price with a vendor will only get a puzzled look. Keep your haggling skills for second hand car salesman
3. Don't Expect to Pull Your Suitcase
4. Keep Your Hands to YourselfThere is little personal touching in public in Norway, unless you are a really close friend or a member of the family - and even then, touching is kept to a minimum. A hearty handshake in greeting is expected, but a kiss is not.
7. Don't CriticizeKeep negative comments to yourself. Criticism of anyone's system is frowned upon. Criticizing the hefty sales tax can come across as uninformed (there ARE reasons for it). The same holds true to the practice of whale hunting, a topic that can get environmentalists hot under the collar. Eating whale meat is something that Norwegians find completely natural. Norway is considered an advanced culture of peace and progress - after all, this country is a sponsor and host of the Nobel Prize.
8. Don't Compare Them to the Rest of Scandinavia
9. Don't Act Like a HooliganYou’ve procured an invite, so its time to look at Norwegian etiquette. First of all, don’t be late. Don’t be early. Be on time, even if it means that you have to drive around the block a couple of times. When it comes to dining, Norwegians hardly ever eat with their hands. Even sandwiches are eaten with utensils. Dinners are usually a long and jolly affair, so if you want to be considered to be raised by a pack of wolves, leave straight after dinner. It is the norm to stay behind and help the host to clean up. And last but not least, don't trash your hotel room.
10. Don't Wear Shoes IndoorsOnce you’ve made a few friends during your travels, chances are that you will be invited over for a visit. Norwegians tend to remove their shoes before entering a house, so wear clean socks. Only keep your shoes on if the host suggests it.
11. So, where do these things of what not to do in Norway come from?
Norwegians view themselves as ‘egalitarian’ and their culture is based on mutual respect and interdependence. They do not puff themselves with individual achievements, and they have simple tastes. The Jante Law attitude may be a bit dated but is still found in many places in Denmark and Norway. The Jante Law as a concept was created by author Aksel Sandemose and it stated:
- You shall not think you are special.
- You shall not believe you are smarter than others.
- You shall not believe you are wiser than others.
- You shall not behave as if you are better than others.
- You shall not believe that you know more than others.
- You shall not believe that you can fix things better than others.
- You shall not laugh at others.
- You shall not believe that others care about you.
- You shall not believe that you can teach others anything.