The core of The Law of Jante


This is the core of The Law of Jante.

It applies to everything

except sports.

The Law of Jante (Janteloven*) negatively portrays and criticises individual success and achievement as unworthy and inappropriate.

It is very strong in Norway

– You are not to think that you are anything special

or that you are better than others.

*Sandemose, Aksel (1933). En flyktning krysser sitt spor. Oslo: Aschehoug


This is one of the 100 Unwritten Norwegian Social Laws presented in our new book "The 100 Unwritten Norwegian Social Laws"


Read more about our amazing Norwegian friends in our other Social Guidebooks to Norway written by Julien S. Bourrelle