Typically British and Norwegian

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Typically british and norwegian

Manners
British children learn formal politeness from an early age. Even the youngest toddler is taught to say “please” when asking for something, and “thank you” when getting it. Anything else would be considered very rude. Another example of politeness is the way people hold the door open for the next person; you will rarely have the unpleasant experience of a door being slammed in your face.

Norwegians on the other hand are very straigt forward and doesn't use small polite phrases after every sentence. It is also uncommon to hold the door open for strangers. The thing with Norwegians and manners is not that we do not have any, but that they are somewhat different than outside of Norway or Scandinavia. The Norwegian "politeness" lies more in being friendly with people than in correctness.

Traditionalism
The British tend to stick to their old traditions, and are not very keen on making changes to adapt to European standards. F.exs: Driving on the left remains the rule in traffic and british judges are still wearing old-fashioned white wigs in court. Maybe this traditionalism comes from the isolated geographical position of the British Isles? Britain has tended to export its own culture rather than pick up new habits from others.

Humour
The British are famous for their well-developed sense of humour. Their humour tends to be verbal, with the use of puns and irony. Making jokes and teasing someone is often a sign of approval.
There is also the British art of understatement, making a point of something by playing it down. The writer Oscar Wilde is famous for his elegantly dressed ironic statements.
Eks: “I can resist anything but temptation.” And “I am not young enough to know everything.”

Norway share some of the same humor as britain. Shows like monty python and mr. Bean had big success in norway as well as…...

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