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    Jantes Law


          Everybody who comes here can easily see how Danish people are open to other people, lovers of individual freedom, rich and egalitarian (social welfare system, for example), having a high standard of ethics. Especially when I compare with the country I come from.

    Under the surface, someone ask her/himself: how come this country can be so liberal, so capitalistic, so individualistic, and at the same time to egalitarian, so socialistic??

    Well, under the water there is a huge iceberg of cultural assumptions and truths that even the Danes themselves deny! Or they try to deny...

    A long time ago, in 1933, a Danish-Norwegian author wrote a novel about a little village in Denmark called Jante, a typical small town where nobody is anonymous. The 10 rules that define life there are:

    1    Don't think that you are special.

    2    Don't think that you are of the same standing as us.

    3    Don't think that you are smarter than us.

    4    Don't fancy yourself as being better than us.

    5    Don't think that you know more than us.

    6    Don't think that you are more important than us.

    7    Don't think that you are good at anything.

    8    Don't laugh at us.

    9    Don't think that anyone cares about you.

    10  Don't think that you can teach us anything.

    The law is meant to preserve social stability and uniformity, and the Janters who break the "unwritten" law are treated with suspicion or even hostility.


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