Norway is a wonderfull country to visit! Ever wondered how Norwegians spend their daily lives? We list 29 different facts about Norwegians and their lifestyle that you might not know about!
There is a lot of equality between men and women in Norway. There is no masculine or feminine jobs here. It is so common to see a cleaning man, as it is to see a policewoman giving tickets.
In Norway, the first thing to do when entering somebody’s house, is to take your shoes off! Inside, everybody always walks barefoot or wearing socks or slippers. This also applies when you are visiting friends!
In supermarkets, when you choose to pay in those automatic machines where it is yourself registering your own products, in the end and in order to be able to get out of the supermarket, you have to validate your receipt on the way out.
Norwegians say “ja” (yes) by breathing in. It’s a bit hard to explain, but it’s like they aspire air and say “yes” at the same time.
A medium wage goes around 3000€ before taxes and there is no minimum wage in Norway.
It is not very common to see girls using high heels (or even high heeled boots) here. Almost all of them prefer to use sneakers on a daily basis and also to work too.
Work lunch in Norway is normally between 11 am and 12 pm and we eat mainly slices of bread with ham, cheese or others or soups or cold salads.
It is common to change your shoes when arriving to your workplace. This is to avoid walking with big snowy waterproof boots inside the office. In our office, you can find at least six pairs of shoes to be wore by their own owners 😊
When you end up eating a meal at home, it is common to say “takk for mat” (thank you for the food).
Norwegians enjoy sauced food. Everything must have some sort of sauce! White sauce, brown sauce, tandoori sauce…
Every Friday is Taco Fredag in Norway (Friday Taco) and it is crazy at supermarkets! Everybody buys Mexican food to cook home with their friends or family.
Norwegians love flowers! In spring and summer they buy a lot of colorful flowers to have home or in their gardens and streets. You will experience a country so full of flowers and colors in spring/ summer time and so full of snow in the autumn/ winter!
Seagulls in Tromsø are not very friendly and have no problem in stealing the kebab or hamburger you are holding. Maybe that is why they are so big!
Norwegians dine very early, between 5 and 6 pm.
When saying goodbye, many times they said to each other “vi snakkes” (we speak), which means that they will soon talk to each other again.
It is quite common to see Norwegians drinking white milk at lunch time. Specially if they are eating bread!
When you see somebody again that you haven’t seen in quite a while, you have to say “takk for sist”, which means “thank you for the last time we saw each other”. This is to help people remembering that they know each other and that they had a nice time together before.
Once in Norway, you don’t need to buy bottled water. Tap water here is amazing! So good that no Norwegians will buy water in supermarkets. Instead, they buy water with gas and/ or with flavors (apple, lemon, mango, wild berries,…).
Normally the work schedule here is between 8 am and 4 pm with a half an hour lunch break.
In Norway, when recycling metal drink cans and plastic bottles, you receive back what is called a PANT, some sort of tax that you pre-pay when buying the drinks (adding to the drink’s price). Each drink can give you back between 0,10 and 0,25 cents if you return the packages to a specific machine located in supermarkets.
In order to receive the value of this PANT back, we need to bring all of the bottles and drink cans to this automatic machine (normally inside supermarkets), we put them inside it, it rolls the bottle in order to read the bar code and, in the end, we receive a receipt with the value that we are to receive (in money or by discounting that in our supermarket bill).
On Sundays most of the shops are closed: clothes shops, supermarkets, shopping malls… Come prepared!
Wool clothing is highly appreciated here: socks, sweaters, underwear, scarfs, mittens, etc. Everywhere you can find wool clothes with Norwegian patters that look like Christmas pattern. They love it and wear it all year!
Another word that you will hear here a lot is “slapper av” (relax). It is very important that a norwegian has time to slapper av! They will go home on purpose to do so: read a book, watch TV, lay down in the sofa, rest, etc.
The recycling colors here are probably different from the ones in your country. Here the red bags are for cards, the green for food compound, the blue to plastic and food metal cans and the black bags is for all the rest.
Sun beds are extremely used by Norwegians, from all ages and from both man and woman!
Tattoos are quite common in Norway. For sure you will find many people here from different ages with tattoos.
Fishing is an extreme LOVED activity around here. It’s quite common to see in social media, pictures of Norwegians holding the fishes that they just caught, like a trophy!
Have you ever heard of dugnads? It’s a neighbor gathering outside the main area where they reside, to fix small things in the area, painting, gardening, like community work, but always with coffee and waffles mixed!
Natural light is something very important around here, specially in Northern Norway. When buying a house, it is very important that is has big glass windows that allow the sun to come in!