As many of you guys know I am Brazilian that is living in Norway. The cultural differences between Norway and Brazil are huge and it can be very difficult for a Brazilian to adapt in the Norwegian society. Even though I have come a long way there are still some things where I feel different but there are also some aspects of my culture that I would not exchange with the Norwegian culture.
Brazilians are loud and talk with their hands and this is an aspect that I had to work a lot with when I first came to Norway. I felt that the Norwegians were so quite and I associated every Norwegian with the rich people in Brazil because they are more calmed when they talk and they never shout when they are speaking. I have been able to calm down and not use my hands when I am speaking with Norwegians. Specially elderly people in Norway can get a bit afraid if I would go on acting like a full blood Brazilian that I am.
When I think that something is funny I tend to laugh with the whole body where Norwegians are not that loud and when they laugh you will only hear a quite haha. Most of my friends thinks it is only fun when I do that and that is why I don’t consider it something that I need to change.
The next thing in line is that we Brazilians don’t like to wait when we want to say something which is considered as very rude in Norway. My boyfriend has helped me lot with this and I am now more able to wait when I have a conversation with someone haha..
I mentioned that there are some things from my culture that I will definitely keep. I think that the Norwegians sometimes can be a bit cold and it can be hard to get to know them. This is because they don’t like to reveal their personality to people that they don’t know. I don’t find this aspect of the Norwegian culture good at all and I will never change this side of me. Connecting with new people is something that I love and I am glad that my Brazilian culture is helping me in order to not being afraid of talking with others. This has also helped me to integrate into the Norwegian society because I know a lot of people and having a huge network is beneficial in many situations in life. You never know when you will need a friend.