The Norwegian way

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Stereotypes are, and will always be, stereotypes. Many have a grain of truth, and so it is with the Norwegian. Just to he clear: I’ve
never seen a ice-bear and it’s still not cold enough for snow to fall. It’s true that many Norwegian drink too much during the
weekend, because they are to shy to ask girls out when sober. It is expensive here when it comes to certain things, and many have in fact grown up at small places. But: we’re so much more than inhibited Eskimos. True, some Norwegian must be defrosted before their body language can be labelled under ‘enthusiasm’ , but when
they first do, they can become loyal, long-term friends. Our society has always tried to make a country where everyone can have a good life. We have also given a lot of money to countries abroad, taken in many refugees, treat all humans with the same respect and help sick and elderly people. For those of you that remember 22.july at ‘Utøya’ where Anders Behring Breivik shot and killed over 100 teenagers.
You might also remember how Norwegians responded. We did not want more violence, so we came together rather than rage and demand harsh punishment. In every city people gathered to demonstrate what we stood for: Compassion, love and
pride. We didn’t want to be at the same level as the killer (then we would be no better). We showed dignity, rather than need for revenge.

I’m generally proud of my fellow Norwegians. We live in a small country, but we do accomplish big things. I hope we will continue to do that, even if we’ve gotten a new government that practice politics based more on individualism and
egotism. This individualism is still opposed by strong voices who have their freedom to speak and to influence the attitudes of our fellow citizens. Many of these left-wing parties have values based on kindness and sharing, than just thinking about ourselves.

Equity is important for us, as we think everyone deserve a good life, rather than just the lucky few who are born into luxury. So still, Norway is a good country with few worries, and we use the energy this gives on our families and sometimes on helping others. It`s also a beautiful countries, like some might now. In the post “the sound of silent beauty” I`ve posted some pictures, and here comes two more, and I will post more later.

Have a great Sunday, everyone!


Some of you might have heard the
song ‘ what does the fox say’. More about it: Ylvis’s Unlikely Hit
Started as a Joke
New York Times Arts (@nytimesarts) October
11, 2013


4 thoughts on “The Norwegian way

    brokenbutbeingrepaired said:
    November 3, 2013 at 17:34

    You’re one of the few Norwegians I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and from the little I know of Norway, it’s a country I really admire.
    What happened on Utoya island was horrific, but the humanity shown by fellow Norwegians was so admirable. Other countries could learn so much. I can only hope the country I live in does ‘Justice’ does not equate to revenge, but to humanity. The young people who survived showed so much courage and humility and I don’t think anyone could fail to be impressed by them.

    As I’ve told you before, Norway is on my list of countries to visit!

      mirrorgirl responded:
      November 3, 2013 at 20:21

      I am just afraid that we become more like other countries where money have far too much weight. Lets hope this doesn`t happen. I am looking forward to meeting you (as I`m sure I will, one day).
      Utøya was really a shock for us, and it had huge effect on all of us. Almost everyone knew someone who knew people who`d lost their loved ones. I am deeply impressed by the families and all the people that tried to help. Right after the event, there was a surge of people who wanted to give money to good causes and to use their free time on helping people in need.


    ashokbhatia said:
    November 3, 2013 at 18:03

    Other than compassion, Norwegians are quite open, hospitable and warm. Perhaps the only country in the world where an acting PM would rive a cab to get a pulse of the people. And now you have a village which gets sunlight reflected by a huge array of mirrors. A very innovative country, I dare say!

      mirrorgirl responded:
      November 3, 2013 at 20:23

      Yes, that is quite special. Maybe its because our country is still very small in comparison to others? Many people go to university here, and this is possible since we get cheap loans that make it possible to study full-time without working in addition. I`m glad you like Norway:D

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