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Who was the first person to write about Jante Law?

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Asked by Neha Sahi, 15 Feb '10 11:54 am
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Orwegian/Danish author Aksel Sandemose
Answered by ashok del, 16 Feb '10 03:51 pm

 
  
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Jante Law derives from the the novel "En flygtning krysser sitt spor" ("A refugee crosses his tracks") by the Norwegian/Danish author Aksel Sandemose. The book takes place in an imaginary Danish small town called Jante, based on Sandemose's hometown Nykbing Mors. The book is about the ugly sides of Scandinavian smalltown mentality, and the term "Janteloven" meaning "the Jante Law" has come to mean the unspoken rules and jealousy of such communities in general.

The Jante Law 1. Du skal ikke tro at du *er* noe. Thou shalt not presume that thou art anyone [important]. 2. Du skal ikke tro at du er like saa meget som *oss*. Thou shalt not presume that thou art as good as us. 3. Du skal ikke tro at du er klokere en *oss*. Thou shalt not presume that thou art any wiser than us. 4. Du skal ikke innbille deg du er bedre enn *oss*. Thou shalt never indulge in the conceit of imagining that thou art better than us. 5. Du skal ikke tro du vet mere enn *oss*. Thou shalt not presume that thou art ...more
Answered by anantharaman, 15 Feb '10 12:11 pm

 
  
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Jante Law was developed by Danish-Norwegian writer Aksel Sandemose (1899 - 1965) in his novel En flyktning krysser sitt spor ("A fugitive crosses his tracks", 1933). There Sandemose describes life in an imaginary village called Jante, which is loosely based on his own home village.

Jante Law is basically an unwritten and strict code of conduct regulating all fields of life and guaranteeing not one individual will rise above the rest, under the threat of all sorts of social sanctions, common disapproval and so on. These hierarchies and "pecking orders" will take care that only those members who will agree to play along the rules will subsist, and those diverting from the path will be cast aside. Jante Law is considered especially a Scandinavian phenomenon, distinctive of relatively tiny, close-knit societies of "small village mentality", but also Australia, New Zealand and Canada are said to have something similar, called "Tall Poppy Syndrome".

Lately Jante Law came up in Finnish ...more
Answered by gkr, 15 Feb '10 12:17 pm

 
  
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Aksel Sandimose in 1933
Answered by thampy chacko, 15 Feb '10 12:01 pm

 
  
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This "law" was created by the Norwegian author Aksel Sandemose in the novel A fugitive crosses his tracks, which was written in the 30's. I hardly know anyone that has ever read the book and I think quite few of my fellow countrymen even know about the origins of the Jante law. But the law has gotten a life of its own and become a saying that is commonly referred to.

it goes like this:
Don't think that you are special.
Don't think that you are of the same standing as us.
Don't think that you are smarter than us.
Don't fancy yourself as being better than us.
Don't think that you know more than us.
Don't think that you are more important than us.
Don't think that you are good at anything. ...more
Answered by ankit shivam, 15 Feb '10 12:00 pm

 
  
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