Interesting facts about Norway that foreigners can't understand
Norwegians are considered strong and harsh people. But in fact, the descendants of the Vikings are a peaceful and calm people. They appreciate each other, rarely lie and love fishing. Find out what else surprises foreigners in Norway in OBOZREVATEL's selection.
80% of the adult population of Norway owns their own boats or boats. Fishing is one of the favorite pastimes of the locals. Moreover, it is not the least important in the country's economy.
Norwegians love fish dishes, but sushi is not popular here. In general, the cuisines of other countries have not taken root in this country. This applies even to world-famous fast food.
Nature is something untouchable for Norwegians. There is no massive deforestation here. This is probably why forests still occupy a large part of the country. Industries buy wood for their needs abroad.
Living in Norway is expensive, and vacationing here is even more expensive. Prices for groceries, hotels, and food are much higher than in other European destinations. It is also very difficult to buy alcohol in the country. Not only is its price sky-high, but it is also sold only in specialized stores. By the way, utility bills here are calculated in hundreds and sometimes thousands of euros.
Deception and fraud are not inherent in the people of this country. You can often see fruit tables on the streets with price tags and a jar for money next to them. You pay as much as you take, and you pay for it yourself. No one controls or checks, because they can't even think that customers will pay less.
Norway has a very low crime rate. Murders here are something incredible and wild. They happen quite rarely and immediately become the main news that almost every family discusses.
Norwegians do not like apartments. Most families prefer their own homes and a quiet rural life. By the way, cities with a population of more than 25 thousand people are considered large here.
Men also go on maternity leave here, not just women. In addition, fathers are given as much as 12 weeks to care for their children, while mothers have only 11. After that, adults have to return to work, and grandmothers, nannies, or employees of public kindergartens take care of the kids.
Perhaps this could only happen in this country. A penguin has been appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Guard here. His name is Sir Nils Ulaf III and he lives in the Edinburgh Zoo. The animal is considered the official mascot of the local military and a favorite of all citizens.
It is customary here to receive a reward for helping the state. For example, if you take part in extinguishing a fire or repair a street lamp, you will receive a check for your work. And if any of the utilities do not do their job properly, they will pay compensation to their customers. For example, for the lack of electricity for several hours or for late garbage collection.