APPENNDIX 2 - Janteloven (Jante Law) & Vikingloven (Viking Law)
In order to discover and understand Danish society one may look after norms and values maybe codified by written texts. It is considered that for Danish society two codes are available, one accounting in an ironic key for the tendency to conformity, levelling, equality, modesty (Janteloven) the other for the national pride and pragmatic attitude of Danes (Vikingloven) (appendix 2). Of course one should not understand that Danish society is ruled by these two “Laws” but rather to see the anecdotical part of it:
JANTELOVEN (Jante Law)
- Du skal ikke tro du er noe.
(You shall not think that you are special.)
- Du skal ikke tro du er like klok som oss.
( You shall not think that you are of the same standing as us.)
- Du skal ikke tro du er klokere enn oss.
(You shall not think that you are smarter than us.)
- Du skal ikke innbille deg du er bedre enn oss.
(Don't fancy yourself as being better than us.)
- Du skal ikke tro du vet mer enn oss.
(You shall not think that you know more than us.)
- Du skal ikke tro at du er mer enn oss.
(You shall not think that you are more important than us.)
- Du skal ikke tro at du duger til noe.
(You shall not think that you are good at anything.)
- Du skal ikke le av oss.
(You shall not laugh at us.)
- Du skal ikke tro at noen bryr seg om deg.
(You shall not think that anyone cares about you.)
- Du skal ikke tro at du kan lære oss noe.
(You shall not think that you can teach us anything.)
VIKINGLOVEN (Viking Law)
APPENNDIX 3 - Hofstede's cultural dimensions
- Se Muligheter.
(See the possibilities the world around you offers!)
- Skap vinnere.
(Create winners out of others! Starting with yourself.)
- Vær modig.
(Be brave! Tackle the worst problems first.)
- Gi ros.
(Praise people, and God! Develop and unleash your potential.)
- Tenk positivt.
(Think positive! And you can do anything.)
- Ta ansvar.
(Take responsibility. Your world DOES rest on your shoulders.)
- Se framover.
(Look ahead. Never back, you can only move forward.)
- Sats på utdanning og forskning.
(Aim at education and research. Your brain is the only thing you came into this world with.)
- Motarbeid misunnelse og latskap.
(Fight envy and laziness. Promote love and industriousness.)
- BEGYNN I DA.
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