A tradition of business dining has slowly developed in Norway over the past ten to fifteen years, although it is nowhere near as central to the whole business relationship process as in many Asian and southern European countries.

The person who invites will usually pay the bill and meals can seem strangely formal affairs in a country which is renowned for an informal and egalitarian approach.

Both knife and fork are used throughout the meal and visitors may be surprised to see that even open sandwiches will be eaten using these utensils.

Toasting is common at dinner events and it is important to reciprocate when any toasts are made. Look the person in the eye, make the toast and drink. Although tipping is not compulsory, it is the usual custom.

Ten percent should be sufficient and the money can either be left on the table or added to a credit card payment.

A brief overview of some key concepts to consider when doing business in Norway

Written and Produced by Keith Warburton

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Overview

This country profile has been produced to give a short overview of some of the key concepts to bear in mind when doing business with contacts in Norway. It is intended to be an aid to business people who have commercial dealings with counterparties in the country but should not be seen as an exhaustive guide to this topic or as a substitute for more substantial research should there be a need.

With this in mind, we have covered the areas which are key to a better understanding of the cultural mindset underpinning business dealings in Norway and which are, quite often, extremely different from the approach and thought processes associated with business in other parts of the world.

Therefore this briefing note is broken into short, bite-sized sections on the following topics:

  • Background to business
  • Business Structures
  • Management style
  • Meetings
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Women in business
  • Entertaining
  • Top tips