I’ve been reading a lot about jantelagen. Jantelagen is a system of principles on behavior. Aksel Sandemose wrote his observations about his town (fictionally called Jante) in the 1920s. From here he observed how people behaved in society.
This principal is a fundamental of Scandinavian culture. Here in Sweden, many people consider jantelag as the reason why smart students don’t get ahead, companies don’t have brand values, people don’t care to do better.
How has jantelag affected you as a Swede and foreigner? Where do you think the system comes from? I wrote a long article about my views of jantelag, but before publishing I’d like to know what you think. Has jantelag destroyed or saved Sweden?