A good opportunity to get to know more Norwegians, including your neighbors, is by joining a dugnad. This includes community work such as cutting trees, cleaning streets, or other volunteer activities. Often Norwegian apartment buildings or neighborhoods will do a dugnad every year.
There is some expectation from society that you’ll participate in these routines. No wonder everything is always so clean in Norway. It’s also one of the few chances you might get to talk with a shy Norwegian.
Finally, Norwegians will also give you respect for doing a dugnad. It’s a sign you want to contribute to society and don’t mind putting in the work.
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