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5 Things I dislike about Norway

February 24, 2017

Things is part two of my posts about Norway and now I will write about the things that I dislike about Norway.

  1. Janteloven

This is a stupid law that was written down by an author called Axel Sandemose for a long time ago. It is a law that practically says that you should not believe that you are any good in life and not be proud of yourself. Every law starts with “you should not”. Despite being written down by an author the law has influenced the Norwegians way of thinking and it is difficult sometimes to distinguish yourself from the crowd. Entrepreneurship can be hard sometimes in Norway because the Norwegian people find it hard to cheer for one another. It is believed that everyone should be equal and I find that similar to communism which I don’t like.

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Crazy isn’t?

2. High prices of alcohol

The alcohol in Norway is ridiculous expensive due to the high taxes on alcoholic beverages. It is said that you are never treated as an adult in Norway because the government wants to decide for you. This is a stupid thing however, it doesn’t stop the Norwegians from partying and a lot of alcohol is consumed in the weekends. selection-of-alcohol

Picture from: myvmc.com/tools/standard-drinks-calculator/

3. Hard to connect with people.

Don’t try to talk with a stranger in the buss in Norway. The person would think that you are a weird person. It is very normal in the buss that a person would put his/her bag in the window seat and sit on the other seat to take two seats in order to able to sit alone. However, it is easier to connect with people in the big cities but even there it can be difficult to connect.

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4. Materialism

This is a bit related to the first one. Imagine two neighbours and one of them buying himself a new and expensive car. Then it would not take very long time before the other person would buy himself an equal good car or an even better one. The Norwegian population find it hard to accept that anyone should be better than themselves. The former pride minister ones said “it is typical Norwegian to be good” and this reflects the Norwegian opinion about themselves. They tend to think that they are better than others.

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5. Barnevernet ( The child service)

The child service in Norway has gotten a lot of criticism lately for how they interact. Many families have lost their children because they don’t think that the parents are capable of taking care of their children and many of the cases involve foreigners. The Norwegian way of raising a child is seen as superior to the way a foreign person would like to raise his/her child resulting in many conflicts between the child service and the parents which sadly ends with the parents losing their children. There has been a lot of protests lately in many countries against the child service in Norway and this is an area where Norway has to improve a lot.

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For today was schedule nr 25. I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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38 Comments

  • Reply alvarezgalloso August 4, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Great read

  • Reply alvarezgalloso August 4, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Thanks

  • Reply michnavs August 4, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    I was smiling actually when i saw the title itself… i did not expect you’d wrtire a part 2 of your “Norway thing”.. i am infromed actually

  • Reply alvarezgalloso August 4, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    I am writing about Miami celebrating Rio 2016. I am saying in the article that I am reading your blog.

  • Reply domestic diva August 4, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Aware of the global hue and cry over the barnevernet..It is quiet disturbing..also interesting to know so many other features of Norway..thanks for writing this .

  • Reply Mom and Me Publishing August 4, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Very interesting. Enjoyed it.

  • Reply Keith Haney August 4, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Very cool. Great read.

  • Reply Chris White August 4, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Great post. I need to come to Norway. Also …. what about the trolls ?
    I have a troll sitting on my desk. He is very well behaved mostly.

  • Reply Fatma Amin August 4, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Amazing read . Interesting. Lik’d it !

  • Reply Vivek Vatsal1 August 4, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Its requires lot of guts to talk openly about the problems and initiating to solve them!
    A country afterall cannot progress unless its citizens take part in the governance!!

  • Reply Vincenzo August 4, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    I appreciate your honesty. I expected all this, however, your confirmation has saddened me a bit. Every country has its good side and the bad, the important thing is that the latter is in the minority. He!

  • Reply Hans de Gans (MSW) August 4, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Some things are not very encouraging no… 😔

  • Reply tempranillo August 4, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Why tou don´t start writing both in english and spanish?, 400 millons people are worth writing in spanish. Don´t you think so?. Thanks anyway and best regards from La Rioja, Spain, where the first frases where writen from latin to spanish.

    • Reply Roberta Pimentel August 11, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      I’m think about that, but i do have translate on my blog so people can just translate as well 🙂

  • Reply emotionsoflife2016 August 4, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Enjoyable read

  • Reply gunnardeckare August 4, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    I recognize the first 4 but I don’t think I am convinced about Nr 5.

    • Reply Roberta Pimentel August 11, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      I know it is hard to believe but is true… But it is not everyone there who make a bad jobb just some people that have problem to having to much power…

  • Reply diariesofascatterbrain August 4, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Good Insight, Thank you!

  • Reply Fatimah Badawy August 4, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    I didn’t know any of these things thanks so much Roberta!

  • Reply anotetohuguette August 4, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    An eye-opening and brave post, thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Poetpas August 4, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    I enjoy reading your critical side of things lol. Great info!

  • Reply Jim August 5, 2016 at 1:23 am

    good post

  • Reply Grandtrines August 5, 2016 at 2:57 am

    Reblogged this on Still Another Writer's Blog.

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