Norway

Norway

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Personal Response

My family has some norwegian in it, although we don't use as much of that as some. We do eat certain dishes and other customs. For some of our surface culture there is the food we eat, which is Lefsa, we eat a hot meal for breakfast. But some things cannot be seen like how we value manners, and gender roles.
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There are some misconceptions, and stereotypes with Norwegians, including eating lutfisk, blond, tall. I would correct this by going and interveiwing norwegians. For some these misconceptions could be true, as for me I'm blond but not tall and i do not like lutfisk.

Cultural Universals

Language: Norwegian is "part of the Germanic family of language." There are many dialects but all are so similar, Norwegians can understand each other. There is also Sami, two kinds are spoken here. Officialy used is Bokmal and Nynorsk form. In Bokmal hello is hallo. Normaly people will say hei though.

Belifs: 95% of norwegians are Christian. Many are members of the church of norway. "Fewer than 20% of norweigan adults attend church more than 5 times a year." In Norway there is religious freedom. Originaly norwegians believed in gods and goddeses.
Culural Universals - Norway Culture
Culural Universals - Norway Culture

Music: Folk songs and fiddleing, brass bands. " the most famous composer was Edvard Grieg. 1843-1907." pg 91 citation 1.
Culural Universals - Norway Culture
Culural Universals - Norway Culture

Food: They eat seafood made various ways. Boild potatoes, and veggies- which is the main meal. Breakfast is normally served hot and later in the day open faced sandwiches.

Gender roles: "Traditionaly woman fended for them selves. Men went fishing for several months, while the woman ran the farms and local affairs." pg 60 citation . This still happens today, though woman work mostly every were now. There is a strong pattern of job seggregation most woman don't hold high level jobs in the industry or banking.

Cultural Diffusion
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Norwegians are very open minded about other cultures. But non Europeans are not treated as well. By being near other countries, the Swedish and much of Europe, I'm sure the Nowegins have adopted, different customs from the different countries.
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How dose physical geography affect culture?
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1: in Noway there is a mild temperature all year making it nice to be outdoors mostly all year.
2: Norway is very near the ocean and there are many lakes, making it easy to get sea food and other things.
3: "Its one of the most mountanist countries in Europe." pg 8 citation 1.The mountains are often oddly formed due to galciers passing though years ago.

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4: Vallys, most are very fertial, most likely making a good place to grow things.
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Bibliography

Kagda, Sakina. Cultures of the world, Norway. Terrytown, New York : 1995.

Corona, Laureal. Modern Nations of the world, Norway. San Deigo, California : 2001.

www.everycultureoftheworld.com/No-Sa/Norway