Norway just bagged the Happiest Country in the World award, and it would totally make sense why every traveler must visit this place right now. Here are a few things that you need know before you book that flight.
Tipping In Norway
Norway may be the happiest country in the world according to CNN, but they're not that happy when a customer overtips. For example, restaurants already include service charges in the bill so there's no need for tips. But if you really want to tip them for the excellent service that you got, 6%-10% would suffice. If you go beyond that, they'd just think that you're showing off.
When You're Invited To Dinner
If someone invites you to dinner, don't be late and always bring something like a box of chocolates, a vase of flowers or a bottle of wine. Kwintessential suggests that you also avoid talking about business or work topics because Norwegians keep their work and social life separate.
Don't Be Too Touchy
Kisses and hugs are common in France and Spain but when you're in Norway, it's best to keep your hands to yourself. Unless if you're really close to that person, you may do so. A simple handshake would do you just fine.
Avoid Comparing Norway To Other Scandinavian Countries
Norway, along with Denmark and Sweden, is part of Scandinavia but it doesn't mean that Norway shares the same customs, beliefs, and traditions with them. Just avoid comparing Norway with these countries as common courtesy.
Take Your Shoes Off
Unlike other countries, Norwegian homes would rather have their guests take off their shoes. They're not really that strict because some people don't care at all but it's ideal to take them off in every situation.
Make sure that you know these things first before you take off to the happiest country in the world. Even though these tips don't apply to every Norwegian, it's best for every traveler to know things about this country.