Norway: Appointment Alert!

2015-06-12

APPOINTMENT ALERT

Avoid scheduling meetings with Norwegian businesspeople in the months of July and August, and in late February to early March. These are the most popular times for Norwegians to go on holiday. During Easter, Christmas and in May, a lot of Norwegians take some days’ vacation. The period between Christmas and New Year is called ‘romjul’, and many companies shut down at this time. Norwegians may have up to five weeks of paid annual holiday.

The working-day is generally 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Many companies operate flexi-time and some work from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lunch is half-an-hour and it is usually taken between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

If necessary, it is acceptable to call a Norwegian colleague at home, always assuming you have been given his or her phone number. People will also take work home with them if absolutely necessary.

Usually, a formal meeting starts with introductions and the subject at hand. At the end of a meeting, it is natural to summarize or conclude what has been agreed.

Never be late. If you must be late for any reason, it is expected that you phone ahead to explain.

Punctuality is important. Norwegians appreciate punctuality for social engagements as well.