Last week I participated in an interview with a Norwegian newspaper related to interracial dating and breaking down barriers. I’ll let you know when it’s published. If you as an individual want a change in your outlook (and life), then you must make an effort at dismantling the old models. You cannot embrace a new way of thinking until you’ve cleared out the junk and brought in the new goods!
I have quite a few readers from Scandinavian & Nordic countries (Hej, Hei, Hallo, Dag). There’s a few things some of the readers in the US may not be aware of. For example, Mari Kiviniemi and Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir currently serve as the Prime Ministers of Finland and Iceland respectively but Norway has a Crown Princess as well as a PM. While these countries are very family-oriented and traditional in many aspects, they are socially progressive pro-woman societies with a very high standard of living.
Norway is a officially a kingdom and awash in oil (and natural gas) resources. Enjoy it until you hit peak levels. Have a back-up plan in place, lest you end up broke like Iceland (sorry). Well, that’s not likely to happen any time soon because the Norwegian Krone is considered a much more solid currency than most countries in the West. It was probably wise that the Scandi/Nordic block of nations opted to not convert their currency to the Euro.
There are tuition-free university-level schools that US citizens can apply to attend – but you have to cover living expenses and should make a serious effort at picking up some of their language. After all you’re a guest in their country and it’s the respectful thing to do.
Some of my favorite things about Norway:
Royksopp (they are sooo good live)
Erlende Oye (I will forever be grateful for the singing DJ bringing the group Avenue D to my attention) via DJ-Kicks series
A-Ha (I know they’ve officially retired but that video for Take On Me turned many heads)
I didn’t forget about Aqua’s song Barbie Girl, hahaha
Robyn –oops she belongs to Sweden
The Bergen Jazz music scene Jaga Jazzist
I think the readers of this blog would love to know more about Sweden, Greenland, Switzerland and Finland as well.
I have some questions.
1. How much would it cost to purchase winter weather gear and accessories to not freeze to death out there?
2. Where can I get a proper “light” lamp to make sure I get enough Vitamin D and simulated sunlight?
I met a very elegant man at a hotel in Washington, DC originally from Cameroon who has now made Switzerland his home. The only thing I know about Finland is you produce yummy vodka. I want to be informed, not a ‘typical’ American tourist.
3. Why do your stores close so early compared to the UK or the US?
4. Can I really get a part-time job using a student visa during this economic downturn or is that not feasible for employers in real-life (going back to the language requirement issue)?
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