Norwegian queue culture

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I think this ad, by the public transportation authority of Oslo (ruter), is hilarious–and passive-aggressive. It says: “THANKS for showing a queueing culture…”. And yet if you’ve ever been on a bus or train in Norway you would know that Norwegians don’t queue, they mob (while jabbing with their elbows, or at least that’s how it feels to me). Same thing happens at the canteen at work–while the foreigners have carefully and patiently formed a queue, some Norwegians don’t appear to notice and just cut straight to where they want to go. I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and say they just don’t have a “queue culture”.

Go ruter.