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    The Nordic National Character

    A bit pseudo-scientific (or non-scientific), but it does outline the typical nordic character as I know it.

    "A Nordic National Character?"

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    At least the article talks about the more timeless national character. Others who try to make similar things, often talk about how it is in the Nordic national character to be feminist, ultra-individualist liberal multiculti-lovers etc. Which is true for many modern Scandinavians but not a part of a "national character", it's just modern ideas that have come in recent decades.

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    On one hand, temperamental (innate, genetically determined) traits are described in the article, on the other hand "character"-traits, i.e. temperament altered by environment, especially culture. These two terms, temperament on one hand and character on the other hand, are in my view not sufficiently discerned in the article, so it remains a bit fuzzy, but still interesting.

    Talking about Sweden - the same being true for most other European countries- I don't know if there still is a "national character" at all apart from some rather marginal particularities. National character has already been almost totally exorcised by the cultural marxist priests, in Scandinavia probably even more than anywhere else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HamilkarBarkas View Post
    Talking about Sweden - the same being true for most other European countries- I don't know if there still is a "national character" at all apart from some rather marginal particularities. National character has already been almost totally exorcised by the cultural marxist priests, in Scandinavia probably even more than anywhere else.
    I beg to differ.
    Having lived in several different places here and there in both Norway and Sweden, I recognize this national character in both sexes and all ages. You might say that the national character is being erased in the bigger cities where people are more multiculturally influenced, but if not in more rural areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freja View Post
    You might say that the national character is being erased in the bigger cities where people are more multiculturally influenced, but if not in more rural areas.
    Agreed, but in my view the decisive factor that determines in what direction a country as a whole is going is what kind of culture is dominating the minds of the majority of people on one hand (and the authoritative people on the other hand), and that's almost always the way of thinking and living of the people in urban areas, the latter also always attracting the more progressive (and finally authoritative) elements of a population, the more conservative people adverse to change (which does not mean that they necessarily are less intelligent: I'm talking more about dispositions of character than of intellect here, to be adverse to change can also be very positive, to be too open and progressive into the wrong direction can be very bad) sticking to more traditional ways of living and largely remaining in rural areas.

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    Actually, I wasn´t talking politics here.
    The article was pointing at typical traits among scandinavians, and I do recognize the typical scandinavian way of being and reacting.

    This has nothing to do with the traditional way of living in the more rural areas, it´s not learned, most scandinavians are this way from birth.

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    Heh, sounds a bit like me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waldstein View Post
    Talking about Sweden - the same being true for most other European countries- I don't know if there still is a "national character" at all apart from some rather marginal particularities. National character has already been almost totally exorcised by the cultural marxist priests, in Scandinavia probably even more than anywhere else.
    I would say this is true for most European countries indeed, but despite having never been to any Scandinavian country, I would argue it applies less to those men and women than it does to the rest of us, excluding perhaps the Scottish who I think are quite set in their ways (whether or not this is in order to appeal to the tourists, I don't know ). Just my kettle of fish.

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