“What separates the Norwegians from the apes? – The Norway-Sweden border” Written by: Mari Maldal(disclaimer: the author of this piece is Norwegian) National humor is difficult to investigate. The concept of humor is subject to many variables, and there are few investigations into humor on a national level, as most of the evidence is heavily […]
Where are you from? In a globalized world where people continuously renew their ties with their environment, this simple, yet complex question has for many become more and more difficult to answer.
No one could foresee it becoming an issue in last year’s Norwegian General Election: the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s (NRK) launch of the TV show ‘Faten goes to the polls’. Before the show was even aired, NRK had received around 6000 complaints, different in nature, but all deeply dissatisfied with a hijab-wearing woman being the protagonist of the show. The discussion around what the hijab symbolised, and whether it was compatible with Norwegian values, fired off.