Etiquette

  • Manners Norwegians are reserved but unfailingly polite.
  • Give thanks A tusen takk (thanks very much) in shops and restaurants never goes astray, even if all else is in English.
  • Self-reliance Norwegians assume that you're fine unless you directly ask for help, but once you've done so they are usually more than willing to be of assistance.
  • Respect Norwegian men are brought up to be extremely respectful of women; in bars or other social places, women usually have to make the first move.