The Biggest cultural difference: The spirit of ubuntu. Each person is an independent and self sufficient island of efficiency. They don’t really need each other and therefore don’t see each other often. This applies to family and friends alike. The result is life can feel very isolated compared to South Africa where you are constantly in contact with each other out of love and need. Sharing and caring is missing though not in a negative way, it just is the way life is, Oslo especially.
I have met few South Africans in Norway, all of them though have similar experiences.
1. Living in Norway is like being in rehab, the beer is R70+ per pint.
2. It’s hard to make and keep friends, you have to follow the 5 step ritual to get an invite to dinner.
3. It’s super safe and offers the best working life for young families.