Working With Norwegians

Being competitive in sports vs being competitive in business

Every weekday morning a highly competitive sporting event takes place in Oslo.

It’s not a marathon or football game.

It’s not even a real sporting event to be honest.

You’ve no doubt heard of the bike race the Tour de France but please let me introduce to the Norwegian version: The Tour De Finance.

It takes place every morning as the Norwegian corporate foot soldiers living in the suburbs (Bærum) make their way on bicycle into the Oslo city center. Here on the urban grid of streets and bike paths, the Norwegian worker has the chance to do something that’s more difficult to do within the office walls. That is to aggressively compete with their coworkers and perhaps a few business competitors.

When physical activity is involved then it’s OK to be really competitive in Norway.