Electric cars in Norway are evidently popular now because of the really great purchase incentives and other perks, etc. Don't know if it can be sustained, according to the WSJ among other news sources.
Our Norwegian exchange student learned to drive here on an automatic, and poopooed my stick shift cars. However, after she got her Norwegian license and first car, she could only afford a stick shift, automatics being pretty expensive in comparison, and then she emailed us to say that the stick was much more fun, didn't know how anyone would want to drive the boring automatics, lol.
When we drove in Norway a couple of times, we decided that in general, they were not the most skilled drivers, the allowable speeds, policing, etc, being such that we concluded that little skill was actually learned, regardless of the licensing requirements, such as learning to drive in the winter.
In the US anyway, there will always be a group of owners/drivers who will opt for manual transmissions, the population being large enough, as compared to say Norway, ie, not all that uniform, to allow that.
1989 Milano, Shankle Sport
1991 164S, stock
1994 164LS (~Q)
1972 Morgan 27
previously owned since 1964:
62 Morris MiniMinor 850, 67 Austin 1275 Cooper S (Downton 3/4 race), 64 Giulia Sprint GT (1st red one made), 72 Fiat 128 Sedan, 75 Alfetta Sedan, 78 Alfetta Sedan, 78 GTV, 81 GTV6, 86 GTV6