Norway is usually associated with fish, oil, fjords and high pensions, as well as with Vikings, trolls and other legendary creatures. However, Norway has an unexpected feature – women. One Norwegian writer described his compatriots as “stubborn people by nature who want world peace and appreciate their own freedom”. In this article, I will describe the greatest strengths of the weaker sex in Norway.
The word “Viking” can not be classified as obsolete. Vikings and everything connected with them are an integral part of the history of Norway. They talk about them and remember to this day. This period in the history of the country left an important mark on the life of Norwegian women. That’s then when they became how we can see them today. For three centuries, Vikings had kept Europe in suspense. Huge blue-eyed savages was famous not only for looting and robberies: legends preserved the memory of beautiful maidens with whom they fell in love. So, who are they, Vikings’ girlfriends? First of all, they are full hostesses of the house. When the host was absent, the authority of a woman is undeniable. Moreover, 10 centuries ago, Norway was probably the only European country where women’s rights were protected by law. For example, a woman could demand a divorce if her husband was caught slovenly dressed ( the question of torn skin). At the time, clothes were to protect not only from the cold, but also from evil forces. Belts and buckles also served as amulets, and not fully buttoned collar could become a good reason to break the marriage. Vikings feared divorce like the plague. At least, because after the divorce wife took back all her dowry. These are the roots of the current peace and confidence of Norwegian women and docile men. However, women in Norway were not allowed categorically to go about male business and bear arms. Those who did were threatened by death penalty. By the way, today Norwegians claim that the nature of the Vikings’ wives was more abrupt than their spouses’ one. Vikings realized their bloody campaigns to escape from domestic tyranny.
Apparently, Norwegian women began to show their imperious character in the days of Vikings. The feminization of society in Norway today is more striking, than in the U.S.. Women were given the right to vote in 1913 – and it’s a given that Norway became an independent state only in 1905. Women’s influence in the state is noticeably manifested in the system of social benefits. Here, the state takes care of the mother and the child in every sense of the word. Single mother gets double child support, benefits to pay the apartment, utilities and many other nice bonuses. Norwegian women can give birth and feed the children, without feeling like inferior members of society. Norwegians give birth, as well as throughout Europe, rather late, at the age of 30-40, when they have already achieved a lot in life and have the opportunity to devote themselves completely to children. Three children in the family is perfectly normal. Scandinavian fathers, in turn, enjoy child care – and not in order to do family obligations, but simply because they like it. By the way, in Norway, men take time off to care for a child more often than women. These conditions have led to the fact that modern Norwegian women do not want to get married. Therefore, often the local men are forced to look for a woman in other countries.
According to the tradition, I want to pay attention to the appearance of famous female residents of Norway. Unfortunately, there is nothing particularly exceptional to say. In general, nothing distinguishes a Norwegian woman from Swedish women, Germans and Estonians. They have a bit coarse facial features, pale skin, eyes and hair. The main difference of Norwegians is habits. She can have any sort of shape and type of appearance, but she never has feminine fluidity in her movements, and light step. Norwegians are “concrete” and straightforward in manners. They are always discreet, relaxed and confident. These women literally radiate strength and reliability, they have no weaknesses, at least outwardly manifested. Though there is still. Norwegians are very fond of the sun and therefore they smile more than all the southern women together when the sun is shining.
About Love for jewelry
However, there are still some things they love. At all times, local women love to adorn themselves in various ways. By the way, the national costume played a significant role in it. It was embroidered and decorated as they could. It can be said, that the costume was a “face” of a woman, demonstrating her skills as crafter. To this day, every Norwegian has one or more national costumes. Today, they do not wear it on a date, but during the holidays. Often mothers give the costumes to their daughters on the wedding day. In addition, the Norwegians really love stones-minerals. They are very clever with them, and they skillfully decorate their homes with them. Various crafts unusual for us are also made of minerals. In addition to the national costumes and ornaments in traditional style, you can also find direct echoes of the Viking Age, and traces of Celtic culture. The women here still wear pendants in the form of Thor’s hammer – one of three severe Viking gods. In complex ornaments in the round brooches, dragons’ heads are intertwined. Once these fantastic creatures adorned the front of fast Viking Ships, terrifying the whole of Europe for three centuries. Then they became the characters of Norwegian fairy tales and guarded beautiful princesses with golden hair. Today it is used in jewelry as a talisman, which every girl in Norway should wear.