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Norwegian Emotions

The way Norwegians express feelings is subtle.

They refrain from showing negative emotions:



Or any type of aggressiveness.

Positive feelings you may express, but keep it subtle.

Be excited without body movement.

Be happy in silence.

Norwegian Emotions by Julien S Bourrelle

Except when watching cross-country skiing or drinking.

Then it is acceptable to show feelings.

Norwegian Emotions by Julien S Bourrelle

Unless you come from Finland, Norwegians emotional feedback will be challenging to interpret.

Everyone sees the world through their own cultural glasses. We interpret actions based on what it means in our own culture. When interacting with different cultures, we often need to make a conscious effort in order not to misinterpret what is being communicated.

In my books, I show how Norwegians behaviours may be perceived and misinterpreted. Something that is very useful for Norwegians to know but not easy to see. My books also help foreigners like me understand the Norwegian culture better.

The Social Guidebook to Norway | Julien S. Bourrelle


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