The law of Jante – updated



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

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

I think the svd 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 maybe also makes you understand Swedes better and that exagerated self esteem is maybe not the best neighter. 



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 breaked the social balance in the village. I would say that this law still is respected today among some Swedes even in work places. 

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. he used this village as a model for his village Jante in his book. He formulate the law like this:

Click here to see Swedish version below.

  1. You should not believe you are something.
  2. You should not believe you are as good as we are.
  3. You should not believe you are more intelligent than us.
  4. You should not think that you are better than us.
  5. You should not think that you know more  than us.
  6. You should not think that you have more value than us.
  7. You should not believe that you are good at something.
  8. You should not laugh at us.
  9. You should not believe anyone cares about you.
  10. You should not believe you can learn us anything.
    The eleventh law, “the punishment law” says:
  11. Do you not think we know about you?

The law of Jante in Swedish
I keep a copy here of the law of Jante Swedish version as taken from the article in
as articles in web newspapers often disappear after a few days. 


  1. Du skall inte tro att du är något.
  2. Du skall inte tro att du är lika god som vi.
  3. Du skall inte tro att du är klokare än vi.
  4. Du skall inte inbilla dig att du är bättre än vi.
  5. Du skall inte tro att du vet mer än vi.
  6. Du skall inte tro att du är förmer än vi.
  7. Du skall inte tro att du duger till något.
  8. Du skall inte skratta åt oss.
  9. Du skall inte tro att någon bryr sig om dig.
  10. Du skall inte tro att du kan lära oss något.

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

  1. 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 severly educated by Protestant priests who came to the villages to interrogate the villagers about the words in the Bible, Luther’s small cahtechism, and other reading habilites.  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 know as very problematic and even feared in Austrian ski site and in Spain for the drinking behaviour 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 estseem in her blog at at , I  udnerstood 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 were reminded about my “exagerated” 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 a Italian driver licence. 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 other to be idiots and corrupted egoists, especcially 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.

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.