Ian Terry | Photojournalist


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© Ian Terry • 2010-2015

Jante Law

Scandinavians are notoriously tight-lipped in public with strangers.

Stemming from the "Jante Law", which are a series of unwritten cultural rules that imply that no one should bring attention to themselves or declare that they are in any way superior to their fellow citizens-- and a general respect for privacy-- Scandinavians go about their daily business in a highly uniform and straightforward manner.

Personal triumphs are played down and standing out is deemed undesirable which plays a part in the symmetric conformity of the culture there.

Adding to this feeling of homogeneity is the stark and clean-cut nature of traditional Scandinavian design and architecture.

 
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Copenhagen, Denmark
 
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Oslo, Norway
 
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Copenhagen, Denmark
 
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Oslo, Norway
 
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Copenhagen, Denmark
 
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Oslo, Norway
 
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Copenhagen, Denmark
 
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Oslo, Norway
 
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Copenhagen, Denmark
 
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Oslo, Norway
 
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Copenhagen, Denmark
 
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Oslo, Norway