danish3 - 300 words per question: 1. JantelovenJanteloven...

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300 words per question: 1. Janteloven- Janteloven or Jante Law is a unique element of Danish society. It first appeared in the novel, A Refugee Crosses His Track , by Axel Sandemose. In short, Janteloven is a list of ten statements that summarize Danish perception of social relationships. These statements capture the importance of equality and modesty in Danish culture. Indeed, one can see how the Janteloven has permeated Danish society and has left both positive and negative effects on Danish society. Janteloven has lead to a strong social cohesiveness and social consciousness in Denmark. By definition, Janteloven calls for social equality. Statements, such as, such as, “you shall not believe that you are somebody” (“Du skal ikke tro, du er noget”) and “you shall not believe that you are more than us” (“Du skal ikke tro, at du er mere end os”), eliminate pretense and promote humility in its citizens. Praise is uncommon in Danish society. In fact, there are very few positive words for
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2008 for the course DAN 113 taught by Professor Dit during the Spring '08 term at Goucher.

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