*promote the Swedish retro dystopia
*promote the singing talent!
*promote some (barely) trilingual viking metal reggaeton *quality ridiculousness
And hey - *nordic
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Janteloven is fictional, from a satire piece. Successful Scandinavians are celebrated, not put down. Side note: The law was not written by Aksel Sandemose - it was found and twisted. The original laws were taken verbatim from the sobriety movement, where the list of laws was hung up on the wall. Although Sandemose did one change - each law ended with "...when you drink". And then the laws suddenly make quite a bit of sense. Sandemose's contribution was to remove this crucial point of the laws, that it fit mentality he had seen elsewhere. Like all good satire, it has a grain of truth, but it is by no means a defining description of Scandinavians - it works just as well in a lot of hickwille towns all over the world.
Not wanting to get rich in Norway? Not wanting toys? Meh. Military spending in Norway per capita? We're in 7th place. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_military_expenditure_per_capita In Scandinavia anyone can get wealthy. Anyone can get a proper college education. Health care? In the US you spend more per capita than in Scandinavia. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-spending/u-s-health-spending-twice-other-countries-with-worse-results-idUSKCN1GP2YN I quite prefer the model here, and wouldn't switch for the world. Sure I pay a lot of taxes - half my salary goes to taxes, and I pay 25% VAT on the rest - but I do get value for my money; education, health care, pension and a good infrastructure. And hey - to help other countries - how about we add up the military spending we use with with how much we spend on development aid: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_development_aid_country_donors
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