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Make fun of the Swedes

Norway and Sweden have a fighting brother and sister relationship that goes back well into the 1800s. After a few unions and a world war or two, things are still tense but friendly between the two countries. As part of that friendly back and forth, you are allowed and even expected to make fun of Swedes while in Norway. In fact, as a foreigner you’ll be able to get away with even more jokes than, say, your typical Norwegian. It might also earn you some extra respect from your Norwegian friends and colleagues.

In terms of jokes to be made, it can be challenging. Basically, the Swedes are always better at pop music than the Norwegians, and the Norwegians are always better at skiing than the Swedes. The Swedes, however, are well known for coming to Norway to work the jobs Norwegians don’t want to work, for example, as a waiter and basically any job in hospitality. So an easy joke to play on any Swede is to treat them just like that, your waiter. Ask them to get you a glass of water or take your plate back to the kitchen. Works every time!

You can also scan Norwegian newspapers to find a story or two shaming the Swedes. If the Swedes do something wrong or dumb, the Norwegian press will certainly talk about it. That can also make for some good joke material at the office the next day.


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