Customs in Norway
Norway's offical language is Norwegian, which is spoken by over 99% of its population.
The currency used in Norway is the Norwegian Krone (NOK) - kr
Most Norwegian households are nuclear family structures, consisting only of the parents and the children in the household.
Customs and Etiquette in Everyday Life and Socialization
Shake hands and make direct eye contact with each individual upon arrival and departure.
If you are invited to dinner at a Norwegian home, bring wine, pastries, chocolates or flowers to your hostess. If you are bringing flowers, avoid lilies, white flowers and carnations (in an odd number of stems). Make sure to confirm the dress code with your hosts.
Wait to sit down until you are shown to your seat, and do not begin eating until the hostess has eaten her first bite. The host will give the first toast, but the guest may return the toast later in the meal, using the phrase, "Takk for Matten" which translates to "Thanks for the meal". Use your utensils for everything, including sandwiches. Offering to help the hostess with dinner preparation or clean up afterward is greatly appreciated.
When it comes to gratuity, tipping is not expected, but it is acceptable and appreciated in Norway:
Restaurants: 10% is considered a good tip,
15% is generous
Customs and Etiquette in Business
When attending business meetings, men should dress in dark or medium colored suits with a white shirt and a tie. Women should wear stylish pantsuits, conservative dresses, or a simple skirt and blouse.
As July and August are popular vacation times, it is best to avoid scheduling a meeting in that time period.
Appointments are necessary and punctuality is a must. Avoid small talk, as your Norwegian counterparts will want to get to business promptly. Avoid exaggerated statements during your presentation, and save time for questions at the end.