Thursday, June 15, 2006

This Week's NATIONAL ETIQUETTE AWARD goes to... Norway!

Norway - Wikipedia

Norway - World Factbook

Tidy little houses nestled among the trees greet you as you approach land. Small islands provide homes for the locals, whose boats you see neatly lined up on shore in a cove. At the end of the fjord you disembark in Oslo, the capital city of Norway. It is a city of history, neatly decorated with beautiful flowers and numerous statues.

As a recent visitor remarked, "Art, flowers, cleanliness are all an important part of Scandinavia." The city was clean, and the people were not slovenly. The buildings were not shabby. The Scandinavian appreciation for aesthetic neatness and cleanliness extends to their homes. It is customary in Norway to remove your shoes when entering a home.

Unfortunately they do not attend to their souls as well as they attend to their appearance and property. While 85% of Norwegians officially belong to the state church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Norway, and more belong to other Christian denominations, only 3% of the nation's population attend church on Sundays. Despite low church attendance, Norway is one of the world's top sending nations, with 1,060 missionaries serving in 82 countries in 2001. In return, 16 countries sent a small total of 59 missionaries to Norway.

The people of Norway have twice voted against joining the European Union, which makes Norway the only Scandinavian country that is not part of the EU, although they cooperate closely with it.


Redeemed said...

YAY FOR NORWAY! *ooh, this time my cheer rhymes :)

Norway is another European country that "I just like".

I find it a bit ironic that church attendance is so low, yet they support so many missionaries. That is great though.

The IBEX Scribe said...

Yes, it was ironic, and thus worthy of putting in the post.

I also like Norway, but it is for a specific reason. My last ancestors to come to the US were from Norway, and I am actually 1/4 Norwegian myself. It makes me a bit biased, I have to admit. They are also really cool 'cuz they take their shoes off at the door. ;)

Now at this time
I have to say
I'm glad to hear
About this cheer
For dear Norway
And how you rhyme.

Hee hee. :)

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

I love Nordic countries.

It is sad that they are so godless. The difference with Finland is that there, the Lutheran church is more Evangelical and conservative, but there are far less consistently Evangelical denominations.

Thanks for this post, Angie, it was great.

Every Blessing in Christ


The IBEX Scribe said...

Thanks, Matthew!

Ryan S. said...

"It is sad that they are so godless."

Godless socialists... Socialism and godlessness goes hand-in-hand.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

There is a lot of Socialism in Nordic coutnries, but most are moving in a relatively free market direction.

The IBEX Scribe said...

I am glad that they are moving more in a free market direction!