Hello! This is Bjornar, and today I want to share some of my thoughts on Japan and my home country, Norway.
Some Impressions about Japan
I really like that Japan is so clean and orderly. With so many people and so few trash cans, I was amazed to see the streets so clean. In Norwegian cities, there are trash cans everywhere, but still the streets are more dirty. I think this is evidence that the average Japanese is more disciplined than the average Norwegian.
In general, both Japanese and Norwegians can come across as shy or sometimes even uninterested. But my experience is that when you first break the ice, people are very friendly and eager to get to know you. Especially if you buy them a drink or two. In this way the Japanese and Norwegians are very similar. So if you ever visit Norway, don’t be afraid to talk to people. Norwegians generally speak good English too.
はじめは『 A 』だけど、一度打ち解ければ『 B 』！！！
A little bit about Norway
Norway and Japan are almost the same size (Norway is slightly bigger), but Japan’s population is about 25 times bigger. In all of Norway there are only 5 million people, compared to Japan’s 127 million. If we emptied Norway and moved everybody to japan, we could fit all Norwegians in Yokohama and Kawasaki. Norway’s biggest city and capital, Oslo, has about 600 000 citizens. That means more people live in Shinjuku and Shinagawa combined, than the biggest city in Norway. So if you ever get tired of the crowds in Japan and you need more space, there’s always space for you in Norway.
日本の人口 約１億２千７百万人 →127million
ノルウェーの人口 約５００万人 →『 ？ 』
A fan fact!
Do you like salmon sushi? Me too. But did you know that Norway introduced salmon sushi to Japan? Until the 90’s it was not common to eat raw salmon in Japan, but that changed when Norwegians convinced the Japanese to use salmon in Sushi (so Norway could sell their salmon to Japan and make big money). Good for the Norwegian economy, good for the Japanese consumers. A win-win situation. I would say this is Norway’s best invention ever.
Useful phrases in Norway
Is it always this cold here? (ここはいつもこんなに寒いの？)
Is this what you call rush hour?(これがいわゆるラッシュアワー？)
Are you serious?! That much? (When you get the bill)
Norway is so much better than Sweden and Denmark! (If you want to make friends with locals. Just make sure you are talking to a Norwegian. There are many Swedes and Danes in Norway, and it’s not easy to tell the difference)