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.
This country-specific business culture profile was written by Keith Warburton who is the founder of the cultural awareness training consultancy Global Business Culture.
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