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Product Details

  • Series: Culture Smart!
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Kuperard (September 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857333314
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857333312
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.3 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Culture Smart! has come to the rescue of hapless travellers, Sunday Times Travel - ...the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries, Global Travel - ...full of fascinating, as well as common sense, tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas, Observer - ...as useful as they are entertaining, Easy Jet Magazine - ...offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world, New York Times.

About the Author

LINDA MARCH is a writer with a special interest in issues affecting expatriate families. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, into a Royal Navy family, she has spent much of her life on the move, living and working in Europe and the USA. A graduate of Hull University, she is a former head teacher and has also worked in the computer industry as a programmer and trainer. Linda lived in Stavanger, Norway, for six years, during which time she was on the Board of the Women’s International Network (WIN).

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It's written like someone talking to you.
Pam Guess
Readers who have absolutely no knowledge of non-US cultures might benefit from this exceptionally superficial effort to survey Norwegian culture.
Roger M. Olien
My mom and I travelled all through Norway last summer and this guidebook was with us every step of the way.
Picture Mommy

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By stoic VINE VOICE on July 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
My wife and I took a trip to Norway over the summer and we found the Norwegian people to be very intriguing. We noticed that the Norwegians often behaved in ways that were very different from the other Europeans we had encountered on our travels. An Oslo bookstore had a copy of Culture Smart Norway for sale and we bought a copy.

Culture Smart Norway is a decent introduction to the country. Author Linda March helps those who know little about Norway to improve their basic knowledge. Those seeking in-depth information, however, will want to look elsewhere.

The book has several strong sections. I particularly like the chapters on values and attitudes, social life, home life, and business etiquette. March also provides information on Norway's history that helps explain why Norwegian culture evolved into its present state.

Through Culture Smart, I learned several interesting things, including the following:
a) Norwegians enjoy telling jokes about their Swedish neighbors. (March provides some samples: "A Swede called the airline and asked how long it would take for a plane to get from Stockholm to Paris. 'Just a minute,' replied the clerk. 'Thank you' replied the Swede, then hung up").
b) Foreign nationals often find that it is very different to make friends with Norwegians, owing to the fact that Norwegians are reserved and very wary of strangers.
c) Norway has twice turned down membership in the European Union. March attributes Norwegians' reluctance to join the EU to the fact that Norway has been an independent country since only 1905. She says that Norwegians are reluctant to give up their sovereignty after such a short period of time.

Much of the material is mediocre, however.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Castro on June 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
Norway - Culture Smart!: a quick guide to customs and etiquette (Culture Smart!) by Linda March provides a series of useful hints for those willing to get into the Norwegian culture. I have been dealing with Norwegian people for more than eight years and been to Norway twice so I can support many of the articles in the book. I don't remember finding any misconception at all, what is pretty rare when it comes to this kind of books. The only drawback are the pictures and illustrations, hence the 4-stars. Although it is not meant to be a photo album, maybe if the images were not monochrome, it would become more appealing to the reader. Minor flaw, though. All in all, I recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. S. Bornus on May 18, 2010
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This is a short little book that gives a concise overview of Norwegian history, culture, food, etiquette, etc. for those who are planning on interactions with Norwegians in Norway. I think it is primarily of value for the business traveler who is going to Norway for meetings, it covers such things as business culture and meeting etiquette, Norwegian interaction styles, etc. It would also be useful for those who are going there to perhaps meet relatives, or attend school.

I read the whole book cover to cover in an afternoon. It would be a good book to read while on the flight to Norway. I am planning a vacation to Norway and I have highlighted a lot of info that I plan to refer to when I am briefing the other members of my travel party.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Welch on January 15, 2011
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As someone who had already been to Norway, this book explained a lot about the Norwegians I incountered. Very helpful for someone who may move to Norway.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Picture Mommy on October 23, 2010
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My mom and I travelled all through Norway last summer and this guidebook was with us every step of the way. Definitely recommend!
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Covered many areas of Norwegian lifestyle and explanation of the culture for preparation of 6 wk study abroad courses in this beautiful scenic country.
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