Differences between India and Norway

Hi everyone

A few days back, some of my Indian colleagues asked me to explain the differences between India and Norway. I think that is a huge task, and will take a few posts to get it right, but this is a start. Let’s just take a few quick ones first:

– In India the currency is Indian Rupees (INR) while in Norway it is Norwegian crowns (NOK). No. We don’t use euro in Norway.
– In India the lowest floor is called ground floor, while in Norway it is called første (first) floor). The second lowest floor is first floor in India, while it is andre (second) floor in Norway
– In Norway cars drives at the right (right) side of the street. In India they are supposed to drive on the left hand side. Some of the even do that, but others, well, they do drive somewhere.

One other thing that is clearly different is the weather. But because the weather in both countries does vary a lot from place to place it’s not fair to compare country to country. So I have tried to compare Bergen and Mumbai. Both are located at the west coast and both are “famous” for having quite some rain. Both are also among the biggest cities in the different countries (Bergen 260.000, Mumbai 13 millions)

At this site for Mumbai and this one for Bergen you can see the average rain and temperature over the last few years. AS you can see, the 45.1 mm rain that Bergen got at the 20th November 2009 is nothing against the 944.2 mm Mumbai got in one day in August 2005! On the other hand, the temperature differences in Bergen is higher than in Mumbai. I mean. In Mumbai it is either hot or more hot, while in Bergen it could be hot, not so hot or even cold! And we have to take into account that Bergen is not one of the coldest places in Norway!

What does this tell us? Clearly that these two cities are in different climate zones. I do really think that the differences in temperature also affects people. In Norway people tend to go inside and stay there for a long time while it gets cold, while in India people are outside almost all of the time. This, in my opinion, clearly affects how people meet, when they meet and how they interact.

Or what do you think?

Talk to you soon


6 thoughts on “Differences between India and Norway

  1. …People travelling (long distance) by train in India might sit on top of the train. That is not done in Norway.

  2. Hi Karsten,

    Traffic in India is certainly different from that in Norway. I remember when visiting a friend in Tanzania she explained that rather then driving on the left side of the road they drove on “what’s left of the road” which I think is also a pretty good way (no pun intended) of describing traffic in India. Good luck with the apartment!

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  4. Karsten
    Havent read through your post but got an essenceof ot it. Heres my humble 2 cents having lived in Norway for almost 5 years now. In Midt-Norge and especially inntrøndelag , one is always out AND must go out everyday (thats bødefamilies livsyn). However they are out but not with people,rather prefer being in solitude. You are quite familiar with the norwegian adage – det er ingen dårlig vær bare dårlig klær. The søndags tur on the wekend, the gå påski in winters andklatre fjell in summers, but mind you not much chatter, even lesser interaction with people (We cherish the silence).By the way you are spot on with your observations ofMumbai my city of birth.
    Enjoy, expirience and enlighten!

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