What’s Weird About Norway

yeahletsgothere:

Norwegians are weird. I say this out of affection. I’m half Norwegian. I’ve lived in Norway for years at a time, and I’ve visited many, many times before. My most recent visit was brief. It was June. It was cold. It was expensive. And I didn’t get any major stories out of it. But it did remind me of all the bizarre habits and peculiarities of the Norwegian people.

Being Norwegian Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

I speak fluent Norwegian. You can learn a lot about a people just by learning their language. For example, in Norwegian:

  • “Hey you” is a common and acceptable way to refer to anyone at any time. A stranger, friend, lover—maybe not your boss. Even then, if you said it in the right tone, you could get away with it.
  • There is no word for sorry. There’s “excuse me” and “I feel bad for you.” No sorry. Nothing you can say in Norwegian that implies both guilt and regret simultaneously. Consequently, Norwegians rarely feel either one.
  • Note: Some readers argued that the Norwegian word “Beklager” is a significant display of remorse. But this is the word for apology. I don’t care if it’s used to mean “I’m sorry,” it’s used rarely and I refuse to accept that hanging your head and saying “Apology” is a sign of actual remorse.
  • There are only two terms of endearment in Norwegian, and one of them is “dear.” The other is “my friend,” which is even worse, because you don’t even use it for friends. You use “my friend” with your kids. Call your own child “my friend” in Norway and you’ve just expressed over-the-top affection for them. Call an actual friend “my friend,” and they’ll think you’ve got a brain tumor.

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there is nothing wrong with wanting attention

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