Jantelagen

Jantelagen is the idea about certain behavioral principles in Scandinavian society. It critisize individuality and individual achievements, and puts society on the first place. Jantelagen were described by Aksel Sandemose in his book ”En flykting krossar sitt spor”, where he portrays a small village where nobody is anonymous. Here are these eleven rules:

You’re not to think you are anything special.

You’re not to think you are as good as we are.

You’re not to think you are smarter than we are.

You’re not to convince yourself that you are better than we are.

You’re not to think you know more than we do.

You’re not to think you are more important than we are.

You’re not to think you are good at anything.

You’re not to laugh at us.

You’re not to think anyone cares about you.

You’re not to think you can teach us anything.

 

Perhaps you don’t think we know a few things about you?

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