Etiquette in Norway

The Kingdom of Norway is a Scandinavian nation of 5 million people.

The official language is Norwegian, although most Norwegians have studied English and it is widely spoken for business and in major cities.

Norway is a multiparty hereditary constitutional monarchy with three branches of government. The king is chief of state and the prime minister is head of government.

The official state church is Evangelical Lutheran, however, all Norwegians have full religious freedom.

The currency in Norway is the Norwegian krone.

Greetings & Gesture Etiquette

A handshake is a standard greeting for both men and women in Norway. Norwegians also greet each other with “Morn” (meaning “morning”) at all hours of the day.

It is not customary for Norwegians to rise to greet a new person entering a room, however you should rise when being introduced to someone else.

Talking with one’s hands in one’s pockets is considered casual and should be avoided.

Also, Norwegians tend to be quiet, so it is best not to speak loudly.