Most Unique Traditions in Norway
Norwegians have several customs and traditions that are uniquely theirs. They may be unfamiliar to a tourist or traveller visiting for the first time. Some of the most unique traditions in Norway are as follows:
1. Appreciating personal space in public
This is not so difficult to believe with Norway’s five million population and large land space. So, Norwegians value their personal space. Don’t be surprised to see most people sitting or standing at arm’s length in the bus, supermarket, or coffee shop. Even among family and friends, there is respect for personal space and little or no touching during a conversation.
2. Buying alcohol from the government
You can buy alcohol in bars, restaurants, and clubs in Norway, although they can be expensive. However, if you want to buy for home consumption, you’d have to buy from government-run stores known as Vinmonopolet. They close early on Saturday and don’t open on Sunday.
Nowadays, supermarkets can sell certain kinds of alcoholic drinks (the ones under 5% alcohol per volume)
3. Eating brown cheese on waffles
Brown cheese, brunost, is a Norwegian delicacy. It’s unlike any food you’ve eaten as it’s made with cow’s or goat’s milk. The cheese has a gooey consistency and tastes caramelized. Try this delicious topping on a soft waffle to add to your food experience in Norway. It can be enjoyed as breakfast, snack, or tea time.
Other unique traditions in Norway include acclimatization to the cold, dressing up in their national costume on Constitution Day, high school students partying before their exams, and several more. Prepping yourself with their traditions before arrival will make your Norwegian experience a notch higher.