The law of Jante



I wrote this post after having read  an article in SVD at

I had to update it with a new conclusion after having read an Australian blog post about the high Italian self-esteem.

I think the SVD (Svenska Dagbladet) article tells about an important part of the Swedish and Scandinavian sociocultural history and culture of today, known in Sweden as “Jantelagen”, the law of Jante. In Norway, they call it “Janteloven”

It may also make you understand Swedes better and that exaggerated self-esteem is maybe not the best neither. 



History of the law

Until 1900 in poor Swedish, maybe even Scandinavian, villages, all had to follow this law.  A person who did not follow this law broke the social balance in the village. I would say that this law still is respected today among some Swedes even in workplaces. 

The law was formulated 1933 by the Norwegian writer Aksel Sandemose in his fiction ”En flykting korsar sitt spår”. Sandemose grew up in the Danish village Nykøbing Mors. Aksel Sandemose used this village as a model for his village Jante in his book.

The Swedish article writes this about the story:

The principle as such is ancient. Jantelagen pays homage to a type of conformity and “do not stand out” mentality that was very common in the old society, both in cities and in the countryside. It was rooted in the social need for cohesion at a time when poverty was always threatening around the corner, in the belief in a limited amount of happiness that must be distributed fairly and in the experience of the importance of one’s own person and family. The man or woman who stood out from the crowd, who rose, threatened the balance, and became a problem.

“That being said, the law of the rooster as such, that is, the principle under this designation is a modern invention. The law was formulated by Aksel Sandemose in the novel “A refugee crosses his trail” (1933). The Norwegian Sandemose grew up in Danish Nykøbing Mors, which was a model for the book’s fictional city Jante. Sandemose himself believed that the city of growth only stood for Jante’s external features, while the mentality embodied in the Jante law is rather universal.”
Read more in the  article in SVD at



Aksel Sandemose formulates the law like this:

Nr Translated Swedish version
1 You should not believe you are something. Du skall inte tro att du är något.
2 You should not believe you are as good as we are. Du skall inte tro att du är lika god som vi.
3 You should not believe you are more intelligent than us. Du skall inte tro att du är klokare än vi.
4 You should not think that you are better than us. Du skall inte inbilla dig att du är bättre än vi.
 5 You should not think that you know more than us. Du skall inte tro att du vet mer än vi.
 6 You should not think that you have more value than us. Du skall inte tro att du är förmer än vi.
 7 You should not believe that you are good at something. Du skall inte tro att du duger till något.
 8 You should not laugh at us. Du skall inte skratta åt oss.
9 You should not believe anyone cares about you. Du skall inte tro att någon bryr sig om dig.
10  You should not believe you can teach us anything. Du skall inte tro att du kan lära oss något.
 11 The eleventh law, “the punishment law” says:

Do you not think we know about you?

Till detta kommer ett elfte bud, ”Jantelagens strafflag”:

Tror du inte att vi vet något om dig?”


This “law of Jante ” reminds me about 
“no prophet is accepted in his hometown”  ( Luke 4:24

Swedes were during the 19th century severely educated by Protestant priests who came to the villages to interrogate the villagers about the words in the Bible, Luther’s small catechism, and other reading abilities.  Kids were interrogated at school with questions like “Who was the first man?” were the right answer had to be “Adam!” if you didn’t want to be punished with the stick. 


The law of Jante today

US native Steven Karwoski wrote this in ” How I tackled Sweden’s Law of Jante”
“Equality remains a cornerstone of Swedish culture.  This ‘we’re all the same’ mentality comes from the Scandinavian concept of Jantelagen or The Law of Jante, the cultural compass that celebrates ‘everyman’, discourages individual success, and sets average as the goal.  It manifests itself in the culture not only with the ‘we are all equal’ ethos but even more so a  ‘don’t think you are better than anyone, ever’ mindset.”
( )

here is one of the several youtube’s about the law of Jante 

I like this comment to her video:

“What’s funny is that the same Swedes that judge you will turn into social butterflies as soon as they arrive in Thailand or any country that has a warm culture.”

I recommend also this well made  Youtube about the law of Jante described as part of Norwegian Culture. The author is a Norwegian girl who teaches  Norwegian in her channel for English speaking visitors.

Swedes in Austria and Spain.

Swedes are also known as very problematic and even feared in the Austrian ski site and in Spain for the drinking behavior when they get “free” and inhibited.

Maybe similar social rules are found in your country? 


two books about Sweden

This book about Sweden from 2008 tells about the law of Jante. (HINT. click on the image to view a Google review

You may read about the Swedish History  in this older book now available in the Internet Archive (HINT. click on the image to view a Google review) 




Reading the Australian Caitlyn Cooks post about Italian self-esteem in her blog at, I  understood that when I came back to Sweden 19 years old, I brought with me some Italian self-esteem.

I had to adapt to the law of Jante in Sweden as I was reminded about my “exaggerated” self-esteem. Fiat had to adapt too. A big Fiat car announcement had this meaning under the photo under the new Fiat car image: “Buy Italian, drive like a Swede.” When I had a friend coming with me she sat behind as she didn’t rely on my driving. I had an Italian driver’s license. And comment on my telling about my project like “Du gillar att skryta” that is “You like to brag”

I wonder if the Italian self-esteem is still the same after the bad publicity outside Italy. I once heard a taxi driver in Neaple say “If Neaple were governed by Swedes we would have a fantastic city.

i see however some hidden self-esteem anyway here in Italy as blame others for the malfunctioning public services. Many Italians use to accuse all others to be idiots and corrupted egoists, especially politicians they themselves have voted on and those who work in the government or Municipality. 

Big Bang and believes



This post is really the second part  of a post with some facts about Big bang. In that post I bring up what may have been before Big Bang so called Singularity according to the Scientists. You will have some infor about the String Theory hta deals with this issue.

Let me start with this theme with this overhwhelming (it is the first time you see it 🙂  video made  by www.

I personally believe there is a God but not necessarily a God that was before and started Big Bang. Big Bang may have happened several times and several Universes may exist. To integrate the Big Bang and string theory  in a believe of a God,  I have to look what holy books say about the Creation of the World.



Big Bang science


The building blocks of the Universe – image of YHWH
David Tong, Professor of Theoretical Physics, call these The real building blocks of the Universe”

”Source: minute 33)


Quran verses:

  • The Quran says “Have not those who disbelieve known that the heavens and the earth were joined together as one united piece, then We parted them? And We have made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe? ” (21:30)
    –  “United piece” (Singularity is what Scientists say today), “parted them” (=Universe expansion)
    – “Water” Science teach that all was built with hydrogen, but who  could understand what hydrogen atoms  was year 500 ?
  • “Then He rose over (Istawa) towards the heaven when it was smoke, and said to it and to the earth: “Come both of you willingly or unwillingly.” They both said: “We come willingly.” (41:11)
    Comment: “Smoke” The Earth would not have existed without a Supernova.
  • “And He it is Who has created the night and the day, and the sun and the moon, each in an orbit floating.” (21:33)
    Comment: pretty accurate about our planetary system.
  • “The heavens, We have built them with power. And verily, We are expanding it” (51:47).
    Comment: Scientists confirm there was infinite energy and a unified Force at the beginning and then we had the expansion of the Universe.



The Bible

I let this site speak for itself
With the sources given you have to find youself the verses.

use e.g. to find them.



Wikipedia user “Beda67” wrote in

“According to the Zoroastrian story of creationAhura Mazda existed in light and goodness above, while Angra Mainyu existed in darkness and ignorance below. They have existed independently of each other for all time, and manifest contrary substances. Ahura Mazda first created seven abstract heavenly beings called Amesha Spentas, who support him and represent beneficent aspects, along with numerous yazads, lesser beings worthy of worship. He then created the universe itself in order to ensnare evil. Ahura Mazda created the floating, egg-shaped universe in two parts: first the spiritual (menog) and 3,000 years later, the physical (getig). Ahura Mazda then created Gayomard, the archetypical perfect man, and the first bull.

While Ahura Mazda created the universe and humankind, Angra Mainyu, whose instinct is to destroy, miscreated demons, evil yazads, and noxious creatures (khrafstar) such as snakes, ants, and flies. Angra Mainyu created an opposite, evil being for each good being, except for humans, which he found he could not match. Angra Mainyu invaded the universe through the base of the sky, inflicting Gayomard and the bull with suffering and death. However, the evil forces were trapped in the universe and could not retreat. The dying primordial man and bull emitted seeds. From the bull’s seed grew all beneficial plants and animals of the world, and from the man’s seed grew a plant whose leaves became the first human couple. Humans thus struggle in a two-fold universe trapped with evil. The evils of this physical world are not products of an inherent weakness, but are the fault of Angra Mainyu’s assault on creation. This assault turned the perfectly flat, peaceful, and ever day-lit world into a mountainous, violent place that is half night.”

As a source he used Cavendish, Richard; Ling, Trevor Oswald (1980), Mythology: an Illustrated Encyclopedia, Rizzoli, pp. 40–45, ISBN 0847802868

Cavendish, Richard; Ling, Trevor Oswald (1980), Mythology: an Illustrated Encyclopedia, Rizzoli, pp. 40–45, ISBN 0847802868

Intyeresting verses in songs or Zarathushtra
( Read the songs  translated in English here here )

“I pray to Thee, O Mazda, with uplifted hands, and to thy Holy Spirit, first of all and hope that through truths and righteousness I would enjoy the light of wisdom and a clean conscience, thus bringing solace to the Soul of (Mother Earth) Creation.” (Yasna 28:1)  



I find the name of Creation in 11 more songs. The debate continues…

Get the Big Bang Theory in harmony  with your belief in God, with a approach. Read more here.

Steven pinker chalks it up to the Blank slate

For my “Unified creation theory” to grow and mature with the idea of Adam incarnated in a hybrid body with a blanc slated brain,  I need to know more about the brain and the mind. Steven Pinker helps in teh video below to do some progresses.

My son kindly borrowed me the book . But I found you can
read the book at 
Click here to Read Steven Pinkers Blank slate

View and listen to Steven Pinkers talk. 

Hint. click on red text icon to get subtitles in your language.

I prefer to have the transcript available while listening.
Click here to see the video and follow his speach in the transcript.

Hint.  The transcript is readable under the video frame.

Some important facts
mentioned by Steven, I think are important to consider:
(11:19) ,means that the citation comes from minute 11:19 in the video:
  • kids come to the world with certain temperaments and talents, it doesnt come all from outside
  • the mind of man and woman are not indistuingishable
    genetics and neuroscience are increasingly showing that the brain is intricately structured
  • identical twins separated at birth show quite astonishing similarities.
  • if we’re blank slates, then, by definition, we are equal
  •  if something is written on the slate, then some people could have more of it than others, and according to this line of thinking, that would justify discrimination and inequality.
  •  if we are blank slates, we can perfect mankind — the age-old dream of the perfectibility of our species through social engineering.
  • Whereas, if we’re born with certain instincts(without a blanc slate), then perhaps some of them might condemn us to selfishness, prejudice and violence.
  • the human mind is a complex system with many parts, and some of them can inhibit others.
  • So even if people did have impulses towards selfishness or greed, that’s not the only thing in the skull, and there are other parts of the mind that can counteract them.
  •  there’s excellent reason to believe that virtually all humans are born with a moral sense, and that we have cognitive abilities that allow us to profit from the lessons of history.
  • 11:19 There is no society ever discovered in the remotest corner of the world that has not had something that we would consider the arts.
  • 19:53  Identical twins, or any siblings, who are separated at birth are no less similar than if they had grown up together.  Everything that happens to you in a given home over all of those years appears to leave no permanent stamp on your personality or intellect.
  • Anton Chekhov, who said, “Man will become better when you show him what he is like.


A friend psychologist of mine told me this and that the basic idea of the behaviorist perspective  is that a human being can learn everything.

Behaviorism is concerned with how environmental factors (called stimuli) affect observable behavior (called the response).” (source: )

In my reading (source: I stumbled into

Evolutionary Psychology

“A central claim of evolutionary psychology is that the brain (and therefore the mind) evolved to solve problems encountered by our hunter-gatherer ancestors during the upper Pleistocene period over 10,000 years ago.”
(source: )

According to finding near the Sea of Galilee in Israel homo sapiens and Neanderthals lived near each other between 60.000 and 60.000 years ago. A hypothesis is that they could have interbreed during this period of time.
(Source; )1

A jaybone from a Homo sapiens hybrid,  discovered in Romania, lived about 40 000 years ago.  
( Source: )

My question is now

“Did the hybrid Homo Sapiens living 40000 years ago in Romania  have a Blanc slate?”

I doubt that further DNA studies in the future may reveal information about that.

Evolutionary psychologists may however have something to say about that one day, if I find someone to talk with. 

parts of the mind that can counteract impulses

Even if the Romanian Hybrids had experiences and instincts, as Steven Pinker says “even if people did have impulses towards selfishness or greed, that’s not the only thing in the skull, and there are other parts of the mind that can counteract them.” e.g. the mind parts Adam brought to the Earth.

Mind parts like the frontal lobe. that control other parts of the mind. This reminds me about DNA replicator inhibitors. Were parts of DNA control other parts of DNA.
A uquestion of mine is now,

Was the Romanian Hybrid Homo sapiens
Blanc slate located in the frontal lobe?

parts of the brain imageImage source:

The frontal lobe function “Carries out higher mental processes such as thinking, decision making, and planning?” (Source: )
The frontal lobe can as we know, control instinctual behaviors like ” eating, drinking, sex, anger, and reproduction.”.

“The hypothalamus controls hormone secretions from the nearby pituitary gland. These hormones govern growth and instinctual behavior such as eating, drinking, sex, anger, and reproduction.”)

(Source: )




Solo le pido a Dios

Looking back in my music library I found Mercedes Sosa “Solo le pido a Dios”



Solo le pido a Dios

Que el dolor no me sea indiferente,

Que la reseca Muerte no me encuentre
Vacia y sola sin haber hecho lo suficiente.

Solo le pido a Dios
Que lo injusto no me sea indiferente,
Que no me abofeteen la otra mejilla
Despues que una garra me araño esta suerte.

Solo le pido a Dios
Que la guerra no me sea indiferente,
Es un monstruo grande y pisa fuerte
Toda la pobre inocencia de la gente.

solo de Armonica

Solo le pido a Dios
Que el engaño no me sea indiferente
Si un traidor puede mas que unos cuantos,
Que esos cantos no lo olviden facilmente.

Solo le pido a Dios
Que el futuro no me sea indiferente,
Desahuciado esta el que tiene que marchar
A vivir una cultura diferente.

Never point out other peoples wrong behaviour in public.

Todays lecture at the catholic mass: (Matthew 18:15) “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.”
Source (English version at 18:15

The Swedish version does not talk about sin but about something bad. (“Om din broder har gjort dig någon orätt…“) That change makes the quote more useful, e.g. in the classroom.

A similar rule  is found in the Quran.

I stopped pointing out a students fault in public in the classroom many years ago.  
Not because  Jesus said that ( I did not know about this verse) but because I have learned that by experience.  by poinint out fqult in public I did not get the  results i wanted. It happened even that I lost a good contact with that pupil. And I also  interrupted my lesson and got my pupils to  talk and think  about other issues instead.

By waiting to after the lesson you can have a good dialog and let the alumni come to a good conclusion and maybe ask for pardon.

And you can help the pupil find strategies how to avoid to “sin” again.

I have learned that one should only give positive feedbacks and avoid negative ones.

Eg, never say “Your answer is wrong“.  beacause this gives you a silent class.
It is better to say “Very intresting, can you tell us how you came to this conclusion?” or maybe
“Very intresting answer. What do you comrades think about ____’s answer? Do you agree about that answer?” By doing this you get a dialog in the classroom.


What is a dialog?

In the  documentary (thwe meaning of life) with Stefan Einhorn they talked about the  filosopher Martin Buber and his principle of dialog.

Image result for i and thou martin buberWe wrote in Kidlink a few years ago about this issue as the goal for Kidlink is to achieve and promote a global dialog among youth. We wrote the text below:

Why a dialog?

We think that a dialog may contribute to foster:

  • Critical thinking skills – Analyzing peer and media influences, attitudes, values, social norms and beliefs and factors affecting these
  • Decision and problem solving skills – Information gathering skills. Evaluation of future consequences of present actions for self and others. Determining alternative solutions to problems. Reflective thinking about the effectiveness of choices. Analysis skills regarding the influence of values and attitudes of self and others on motivation.
  • Negotiation/refusal skills – Learn to convince, and conflict resolution. Assertiveness skills. Refusal skills.
  • Cooperation and Teamwork skills – Expressing respect for others’ contributions and different styles. Assessing one’s own abilities and contribution to the group. Sharing ideas, accepting differences, following directions, staying on task, recording ideas.
  • Interpersonal communication skills – Expressing feelings; giving feedback – without blaiming, and dialogueing to understand. Answering in own words, in own pictures, or a combination of words or pictures, so that their message comes loud and clear.
  • Self-validation – Reviewing thoughts, beliefs, and perceptions, and recognizing that they may be different from another’s perceptions, and accepting that multiple views can still be valid.
  • Advocacy Skills – Influencing skills and persuasion. Networking and motivating.
  • Empathy – The ability to feel what another person feels. 



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Quantum Physics and Religion

The Aspect experiment revieled about quantum entanglement between two photons:

“The most dramatic and ultimate proof of quantum theory is the Aspect experiment, named after the French quantum physicist Alain Aspect. In 1982, he and his research team implemented successfully the test that had been long in the making, starting with a thought experiment suggested by Einstein. Very simplified, Aspect and his colleagues created two photons from the same quantum event and observed them as they speeded into opposite directions. After they had traveled some distance with the speed of light, the researchers changed the polarization for only one of them. (Polarization is the orientation of the wave that corresponds to each photon.) As a result, the other photon adopted the opposite polarization, even though the two were far apart. Relativity theory tells us that no information can travel faster than light. What kind of interaction between the two photons could account for this?” (Source: )

I try to simplify this.

Image result for fasförskjutning sinusvågor

  1. We have  photon twins, born from the same  quantum. they are moving away from each other at light speed. One does never see the light of the other.
  2. photon twins behave always the same. They send always the same light wave.
  3. if  one of the twin photons change the wave (from a red to a green wave as in the picture above) , the other twin photon will do exactly the same, shifting to a green wave even if it they are at a huge distance from each other and not seing the others wave.

The question is “How do the photons comunicate with each other to send the same wave when they can not see the other?”

This relationship between twin photons is called “Quantum entanglement”

Quantum entanglement is in part explained by Philip Ball in his lecture “Quantum Biology: An Introduction” min 38

Entanglement is what today explains some birds magnetoreception.

I write about this in 

At Chalmers I learned many years ago about the magic of electrons.

You may see electrons a shoes. One electron my look like a left foot shoe. Electrons can suddenlt change shape to become a right foot shoe.

The other well known magic about electrons is that they can disappear  on one side of the nucleus and appear on the other thus creating an image that looks like a cloud. Frome there we have the name of electron clouds the are many shapes of electron clouds or regions were the electrons appear in the atom. here are a few  kind of electron clouds.

I dont like the name orbitals used in the picture as it reminds to much of the old atomic planetary perception.

Image result for electron clouds

View video about electron clouds on

For me the life of the electron and now the life of photons are two smal examples that nourish my  “unbounded admiration for the structure of the world” (Read more about Einstein quotes here ) 

The reason I look for answers in holy books are because of this quote of Einsterin

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. - Albert EinsteinImage source : Quote to be found also in

About “religion without science is blind”.

Dalai Lama said “Religion Without Quantum Physics Is an Incomplete Picture of Reality”

read more with me about the Dalai Lama quote above,  in

Adam, the first prophet


Image result for Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve are mentioned in my grandfathers book (published in Stuttgart 1906), as the first  humans ( He asked 1906 if Adam had ancestors and ignored  the fact that the  Bible clearly tells that Adam was created by God, something that all childrens had to learn in Biology lessons in Sweden 100 years ago.

I want to share what I know and believe about Adam. Adam was  according to the Bible,  the first man and he was created by God with dust in a Paradise here on Earth.

Muslims believe that Adam was the first man created with clay in Paradise. But the Paradise was according to the Muslims not created by God on Earth but in Heaven something that has many implications I will talk about in my posts about Human evolution.

The qURANIC Adam did not obey God in Paradise. he ate from the prohibited tree. As a punishment he was given knowledge of all creatures on Earth and then sent down to Earth. 

Knowing about this, you ,ay understand why Adam was the first prophet on Earth for the Muslims.

It is very difficult to figure out who Adam was for the Muslims just by reading the Qu ran (You find a reliable Swedish and Finnish version at

Searching for “Adam” in
you find  the name Adam  56 time(s) in 47 verse(s) in the Quran.

A former pupil of me informed me about a very good pdf about the prophets where I can read about Adam. You find it looking for “profeterna.pdf    islamguiden“.
This document is in Swedish.

Here you can read the English version from Islamicline

islamicline stories_of_the_prophets

Here you can read profeterna.pdf from in Swedish