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The Norwegian “Janteloven”

Posted by alifinmath on April 4, 2009

To understand the Norwegian national character, one must know the “janteloven,” which is ten different rules — but all of which are variants on but one theme:

Don’t think that you are special.
Don’t think that you are of the same standing as us.
Don’t think that you are smarter than us.
Don’t fancy yourself as being better than us.
Don’t think that you know more than us.
Don’t think that you are more important than us.
Don’t think that you are good at anything.
Don’t laugh at us.
Don’t think that anyone cares about you.
Don’t think that you can teach us anything.

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2 Responses to “The Norwegian “Janteloven””

  1. Dag said

    If it’s any consolation at all, we’re sorry (to some extent).

  2. alifinmath said

    No need to apologise. And Norwegians like you don’t fit the Janteloven mold in any case. But it has to be admitted Norway and Norwegians are an elusive lot, difficult to get to grips with, difficult to understand. But that’s fine with me. I like enigma and mystery.

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