Expert tips for good manners while visiting Norway. BY CHRISTINE JOHNSON
very country has its own customs and rules of
etiquette, and Norway is no exception. Viking
asked Innovation Harald Hansen some
common travel questions to help tourists exercise good
manners while traveling abroad.
Viking: Do most people in Norway speak English? What are
a few basic phrases to know in Norwegian?
Harld Hansen: Yes, they speak English, but good Norwegian
phrases to know include, God dag (Good day), Tusen takk (Thank
you so much), Ja takk (Yes, please), Nei takk (No, thank you),
Farvel (Goodbye), Hallo/hei (Hello), Hvordan har du det (How
are you?), Unnskyld meg (Excuse me), Hva sa du? (What did you
say?) and God natt (Good night).
VIKING JULY 2014
V: What is proper tipping etiquette for dining out in
HH: Tips are included, but normally you tip extra if service is
good. Be sure to round up.
V: Who else should we tip, if anyone?
HH: Mostly you tip in restaurants if service is good, otherwise
you do not tip. If the hotel has staff that helps with luggage, then
yes, tip a little.
V: What should we know about dining etiquette in
HH: Use a fork and knife! Do not put everything on your plate if
it is a buffet. If you need to use your cell phone, go outside.