Yesterday was the Norwegian Constitution Day, so I figured I would write a bit about how I feel about Norway.
While not being very vocal about it, I do feel patriotic about Norway.
And to be clear, when I say patriotic, that is what I mean, not nationalistic. I do not think Norway or Norwegians are inherently any better than any other nation or their people.
I am simply proud of many aspects of Norway, and welcome anyone who would wish to move or visit here.
I am proud of our nature, our cities, our food, our traditional food, our painters, our diversity, our traditions, our celebrations, and a lot of other things I have not written about yet.
I am also proud that Norway is quite good at taking care of our citizens, and that even most of our right-wing politicians would be viewed as left-leaning by Americans.
This could always be better. Like many countries, we could spare more money for health care, particularly to elder care.
But even with all of these reasons for being proud of my country, I fully understand that the biggest reason is that I was born here.
Can’t beat monkey group-dynamics!
I am 1/2 Norwegian second generation in the US, so my kids are 1/4 Norwegian but that is the only nationality they claim…. so they are proud Norwegians, having never been there!🧡
You should take them on holiday here some time 🙂
I’ve heard there are some nice cruises going in and out of the fjords, as an example.
It is good to be patriotic for your country. I have lived in the U.S. for almost 52 years and not become a citizen. I guess a part of me is still Canadian, even though I only lived there for the first 10 years of my life.
I think people build a lot of emotional connections in those early years 🙂
I agree with you on that Sindre.
I agree with you on that Sindre. I just watched the royal wedding … the third in my lifetime. I have to admit I misted up hearing “God Save the Queen” after the wedding was over. For this morning I was a Brit enjoying the pomp and circumstance which was aplenty.
I did not see it, but I have seen a few good pictures 🙂
I figured I’d seen the other ones, so should watch this as well. I do like the pomp and pageantry of the Royal weddings. They had a good day for it, unlike our weather – we’ve had rolling thunderstorms all day long and torrential rain.
Quiet patriotism is good…
Loud patriotism can be annoying, and is often budding up to nationalism.