Muslims Invite Fellow Norwegians For Tea
The Anti-Racism Centre (Antirasistisk Senter) in Norway realised that the amount of actual contact between Muslims and native Norwegians was falling, so a movement named ‘Tea Time’ was set up to bridge divides.
Thousands of invitations were sent from Muslims across the country asking fellow Norwegians ‘Will you come to my home for a cup of tea?’
The campaign held more than 300 events in the first month alone and attracted high-profile supporters including Queen Sonja of Norway and Crown Princess Mette-Marit.
Ever since ‘Tea Time’ began, it has opened up more than 200 Muslim homes to over 1,000 native Norwegians, allowing both communities to strengthen bonds and relationships.
The centre continues to work closely with Muslim community groups and leaders and aims to get more people involved.
Due to success, the Norwegian government now helps fund the Anti-Racism Centre to organise and administer tea parties, ensuring on-going contact between the two communities.
Research conducted after the events have showed that negative attitudes towards Muslims have declined in the country.