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Transcript of Norway
Located in northern Europe, borders Atlantic Ocean, Sweden and Finland
HDI of 0.955, the top HDI out of any country
Speak Bokmal Norwegian and Nynorsk Norwegian
A typical Norwegian family,
Temperate climate with rugged terrain
Two-thirds mountainous; lots of coastline
Grow barley, wheat, potatoes, pork, beef, & fish
85.7% Evangelical Lutheran
You're not to think you are anything special.
You're not to think you are as good as us.
You're not to think you are smarter than us.
You're not to convince yourself that you are better than us.
You're not to think you know more than us.
You're not to think you are more important than us.
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
Population primarily of Nordic decent; some communities of Sami--native Scandinavian people
In 2006, ranked as "World's Best Country to Live In"
By Yvonne Weiyi Xiong, Rachel Henige, Santosh Swaminathan
Gender Equality Index of .065 - fifth lowest in the world
Norway has a minister of equality
75% of women work outside the home
40% female quota for board directors
"Father's quota" gives fathers paternal leave
Women receive 100% paid maternal leave for 10 months and 80% for 12 months
Universal quality childcare enables mothers to work
100% literacy rate
7% of GDP spent on education
Compulsory schooling for children ages 6-16
Schooling is engrained in Nordic culture--goes back to medieval times
Levels of schools:
Primary--educational games, physical activity, social skills
Lower Secondary--graded, grades determine higher secondary school placement
Higher Secondary--divided into General, Mercantile and Vocational; mostly public schools
-Writer Aksel Sandemose wrote of the very famous Law of Jante, which teaches humility and collectivism
Law of Jante
Viking Festival--celebrates Viking history and culture
Riddu Riddu--indigenous Sami festival
Dreggedagsnatta--a festival involving wine and torches, celebrating the miners
Northern Lights Festival--musical extravaganza
Rakfisk--fermented and salted trout
Lutefisk--fish soaked in lye
Life expectancy: 80
Infant mortality rate: 3.5/1000
Population growth rate: 0.3%
obesity prevalence: 21.5%
HIV/AIDS prevalence: 0.1%
Encourage hard work, punctuality and efficiency
Take this family for example. Aaron is the youngest of three children. His favorite food is mutton in cabbage, and chocolate. During his vacation, he loves nothing more than to take a family trip out to their summer house. Aaron loves being outside, and takes every opportunity to go hiking, playing hockey with his brother, skiing, etc. Thanks to Norway's free public education, Aaron has access to some of the top schools in his area.