Foreigners think Norway is cold and pricey
Beautiful fjords and mountains is something many Europeans connect with Norway, but almost nobody seems to associate Norway with peace-building work when they are asked to point out the most positive thing about Norway, according to a survey conducted by KRC Research in connection with Norways Centennial Anniversary 1905-2005.
«We want a debate regarding Norwegian identity and Norways place in the international society,» said Jan Erik Raanes, leader of the Anniversary, to the Norwegian paper Dagbladet. «In this process we wish to challenge our picture of ourselves by showing other peoples views of us.»
And there are lots of challenges: high prices, sour climate, and reserved people are listed as the things that are most negative with Norway. The Swedes are not impressed by the Norwegian education system and definitely not impressed by the Norwegian roads.
The Danes refer to Norwegians poor soccer skills.
A total of 4,000 people in eight European countries participated in the survey.
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