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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Norway?

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We asked people in Norway if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...

"It is important to remember that Norwegians are typically very focused on politeness and respect. For this reason, it is important to be aware of the level of personal space that is expected and to be sure not to interrupt someone while they are speaking. Additionally, it is important to respect the various Norwegian holidays, as well as not making inappropriate comments regarding religion or politics. Eating with your hands is also frowned upon and it is expected that utensils will be used. Lastly, it is important to dress appropriately and to be on time for meetings and other engagements," wrote a member who made the move to Norway.

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"Asked waiters for the government instead of the bill for a couple years before learning that regeringen and regningen are different words," explained one expat living in Oslo, Norway.

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