you know you're norwegian when

You know you're Norwegian when...

Bold whatever applies to you.

(Most of this list isn’t made by me, most of them are found varies places online)

You have a barbeque party during rainy weather

You get chocolate sent from home

You’re more afraid of customs officers than terrorists

You miss your flight to shop at the tax-free shop

Buy drinks at the airport at 6am

You buy tobacco just to get your tax-free quota, even if you don’t smoke

You get a bad conscience because you are inside when the sun shines

You get lazy after two days of sun

Wear socks and sandals

You vigorously defend whaling but do not eat whale meat.

You enjoy the taste of lutefisk (jelly-like, bad-smelling fish) and cod prepared in any way, including fried cod tongues.

You don’t question the habit of always preparing a “matpakke” (sandwich in paper).

You have two cars, a cabin and a boat, if not more.

You think there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.

It feels natural to wear sport clothes and backpack everywhere, including the cinema, bowling alley, and to church.

You think it’s weird if a house isn’t wooden.

You know at least five different words for describing different textures of snow.

You don’t fall when walking on ice.

You associate Easter with cross-country skiing with friends and family in the family’s mountain cabin. And crime books/tv-shows


You are shocked if it’s not 2 months of snow every year, at least!

You expect all dinner parties and meetings to start precisely on time, if not before.

You fall 3 metres, and don’t get hurt. If you do, you’re not worried at all.

You can’t understand why foreigners haven’t heard about Bjoern Daehlie.

You assume that a stranger on the street who smiles at or greets you is:
a) drunk.
b) insane.
c) an American.
d) All of the above.

You earn more than you spend.

You only buy your own drink at the bar even when you are with a group of people.

You use “Mmmm” as conversation filler.

It’s acceptable to eat lunch at 11.00 and dinner at 15.00.

You know that “religious holiday” means “let’s get pissed”.

You find yourself speaking halfway Swedish with Swedes.

You get scared when a stranger randomly starts up a conversation with you.

You think people in all other countries are so nice. It’s weird.

If you catch some stranger’s eye on the street you look away quickly.

You get your hands on Norwegian chocolate and guard it with your life

During the winter, you go to work/school in the dark and come home in the dark - while only working eight-hour days.


if there’s a terrorist attack/natural disaster on the other side of the world, your first reaction is “oh my god, did any Norwegians get hurt?” (<– this is sad, but actually true for most of us)

And lasty. Baot-is.

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