Friday, August 17, 2007
The Jante law
The Scandinavians are for sure a race of super humans with their long legs and social programs, but the vibe here is oppressive. The cornerstone of Scandinavian culture is Jantelov, or the codes of conformity. My impression is that what it really means is don’t stand out, don’t express yourself—don’t move your hands around and get passionate about anything or you’ll be shunned as an ugly duckling foreigner.