sær er siður á landi



From sær (to one self) + er (is) (3rd person singular of at vera (to be)) + siður (custom) + á (in, on) + landi (dative of land (land, country)). Literal meaning: "To its own is [a] custom in [the/a] land", "each country has its own customs".

Confer the Icelandic phrase sinn er siður í landi hverju.


sær er siður á landi

  1. when in Rome, do as the Romans do