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Youth value friends and family highest

Norwegian junior high school students say no to drugs. They are moral, almost bordering to prim, and they value friends and family before money and material values.

These are some of the conclusions in the report «Fattig eller rik – slik ungdom ser det» (Rich or poor – as youth see it). The report is based on a survey conducted among 900 junior high school students nation wide, in addition to essays and projects done by 500 students.

Norwegian junior high school students say no to drugs, they are moral, almost bordering to prim, and they value friends and family before money and material values, according to the survey as it was presented in the Norwegian paper Addresseavisen.

Prim and proper
«This youth generation is not characterized by rebelling and decency,» said Egdar Marthinsen, project leader, Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. «They are respectable and decent, and they can serve as examples for adults.»

When junior high school students choose their friends pot smokers, racists and neo Nazis end on the bottom of the list.

Most popular are the people who are interested in music and sports. However, youth are not interested in being friends with homosexuals or people who are physically and mentally challenged.

Friends
Also among adults are friends important. More and more people turn to friends in stead of family when they have to talk about personal matters, according to a survey conducted by MMI on behalf of Dagbladet.

According to the survey, when Norwegians need someone to talk to, 45 percent turn to family, and 54 percent turn to friends.

Spouse or live-in partner is the most important person to talk to for the people who have such partners, but almost three of ten people who are married and to of ten with live-in partners does not list the partner as the person who they talk to when they need to talk.

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