Names of some countries make us connect them to a special stereotype. I’m gonna ask you a simple question now. What kind of a stereotype will you get in your mind when I say ‘Canada’? I bet, it’s the common notion of politeness that pops out in your mind. There’s no argument about it. Everyone remembers the high standards of the people in the Netherlands while some remember Pizza at once when we say Italy. In spite of these, the image we get when we talk about Nordic countries are simply “tall, blond and likes everything licorice”.
These Nordic people favour the licorice the most in their life and their personal space stands next in the order. According to the following proof, social distancing has been practised by the people from Norway, Sweden, Finland and other countries of northern Europe.
A couple of images of Nordic people’s social distancing a few years ago, has been shared by Imgur user LucasLux.
Although people around the world are trying hard to practise the distance of one another, it is clear that Nordic people have been practising this throughout starting from a long while. Some of these images of LucasLux age upto 5 years and it proves that this practice has been in society before it was cool!
Although the world around is trying hard for the practice of social distance of 6 feet to get rid of COVID-19 outbreak.
Nordic people are very much practised with their own personal space in the community, they are now creating memes on the maintenance of social distancing due to the risk of coronavirus pandemic. It’s perfectly clear that Nordic people are very close to 6 feet distance from 5 feet.
Social distancing has been a practice of Nordic community for generations.
According to LucasLux, not standing very close to the people unknown, is a social norm of their community. “We really dislike being harassed and stalked by chatty staff in stores too. It’s about relaxing one’s mind by not having others going uninvited into your bubble,” he stated. “We like being left alone by people we don’t know”
They are enjoying with a good laugh at the social distancing recommendations imposed on them by WHO.
“When you get on the bus you simply take a free window place at a double seat if available, and if not you just take a free seat next to someone,” said LucasLux and continued to point out it would be best to keep to yourself if it so happens you get to sit next to someone. “Leave the person alone, they might be thinking about something important,” he explained.
It’s clear that they love their personal space very much, even if it’s waiting in the queue for the bus, it’s a perfect norm in practice.
According to him the multicultural cities such as Norwegian capital Oslo are not so hard on keeping social distance but keep close together. He added, “With warmer weather, everyone in Scandinavia becomes more social and the distances shrink a bit,” he added.
LucasLux has explained about all of them travelling in the same bus even though you are surprised.
Unfortunately everything is not that simple when they are in practice. According to Dena from Study In Sweden, maintaining a long distance with people is not always positive since it “projects a sort of cold impression on others”. And also being too close too creates discomfort to everyone. As she explains it is not uncommon in Sweden to go back a few steps from someone with whom you’re talking if they’re not keeping the required distance.
Sitting next to someone even if completely empty double seats are available in the bus, is considered as a rude practice in Finland and Scandinavia.
“In my opinion, all of this boils down to respect – respecting the stranger you happen to be standing/sitting next to by not speaking to them,” she stated.
According to LucasLux it is a cultural norm. Personal space is appreciated very much in the community.
“There is almost no way of knowing what that person is up to, or if they want to be disturbed that way. Initiating a conversation like that can be considered aggressive, intrusive,” Dena said.