Pride - Is the Norwegian society inclusive?

In my social guidebooks to Norway

I discussed how genders are equal

How women and men can have the same roles in society

That kids are raised so that they do not see different roles for different genders

They are raised not to discriminate based on sex

Or sexual orientation

Families can include a man and a woman

This family is representative of a Norwegian family

As much as this one is

But families in Norway can be more than that

Norway includes different ways of life

This is also representative of the Norwegian family

This family situation is normal, accepted and welcomed

As much as this one

They are representative of the Norwegian society

A society that is inclusive

Cherish differences

Values everyone's freedom to be in a relationship with the person they love

Or as the Norwegian King said

"Norwegians are girls that love girls

Boys that love boys

And boys and girls that love each other"

- HM King Harald, The King of Norway (1st September 2016)

Norway is a place where it should be comfortable and safe to walk hands-in-hands with your partner

Where members of all level in society do not hide their sexual orientation


For the last four years

We Canadians in Norway have had a great role model

Which embraces these values of equality and inclusion

Our Ambassador H.E. Artur Maks Wilczynski 

Artur came to Norway with his husband

They were received by the King

And welcomed by the society

As a married couple

With all the rights and merits of a married couple

Artur and Randy are leaving Norway this summer

Yesterday they organised a fabulous pride celebration

At their official residence

Many embassies and diplomats joined the crowd of 650

They even got a perfect rainbow to conclude four years of fantastic service to Canada and Norway

Four years during which the ambassador invested time and effort on issues of diversity and inclusion in ways that few ambassadors to Norway have done

Have a fantastic pride week!


Illustrations from The Social Guidebook to Norway

Read more about our amazing Norwegian friends in Our Social Guidebooks to Norway 


By Julien S. Bourrelle

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