Gender Equality in Norway

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"

In Norway 

Women prepare food at home with their children

This is normal and encouraged

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As much encouraged as for men to stay home preparing food and taking care of the kids

Norwegians idealize the idea that genders have interchangeable roles in society 


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This is one of the basic building blocks of the Scandinavian societies

Norwegians are very proud of what they achieved with respect to equality

And many laws were put in place to enforce that ideal where both genders have the same roles in society

Men are forced out of employment for several months when they get kids

This is done partly to pressure employers to consider both genders equality in employment processes 

Most woman will get children once in their lives

But if only woman are out of employment for a significant period of time when having babies

Employing young men may be seen as more advantageous than employing young women

Forcing both genders out of employment when having babies

Is not only good for the babies

It is good to ensure equal gender representation at all levels in society

The Norwegian culture idealizes the situation where men and women are represented equality throughout society


This article is taken from our books on the Norwegian culture:

"The Social Guidebook to Norway 1 & 2"

By Julien S. Bourrelle

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