My Culture - in London A cultural biography by Elias Bruholt

For thousands of years the Norwegians have been a travelling people. The Vikings invaded the City of London as early as the year of 793 AC, and kept a good presence with the Perfidious Albion for hundreds of years. Things have changed since then. The Norwegians went from being infamous and feared, to a more obedient, less dominant people for centuries. The submissive period in Norwegian history lasted for hundreds of years – practically all the way to the late 20th century, when we finally found something that would change our position, and put us back on top of the world again.

We discovered the oil.

The oil has been essential in the rebuilding of the norwegian fortune. Now we need something new!

Today Norway has grown into a highly developed country. We have the best educational system, the most money and the best overall quality of living in the world. Last but not least; we also have one of the world's most powerful passports, and the Norwegian people has yet again reclaimed their pride and passion as a travelling people.

Norwegians keep travelling the world. We visit countries and cities around the globe, and London is no exception.

I believe the Norwegian soul and the Norwegian spirit always has been about hard work, waiting for the right moment, and going 100% when an opportunity first appears. You see this in Norwegian people all the time. If you see this historically you will see that the Vikings took a leap of faith, and they actually ‘ruled the world’ for quite a significant period of time. Now, we clearly had a less active couple of centuries, but when we rebuilt the country after the second world war, we seized the opportunity yet again – and see where that has lead us!

Norway is one of the richest countries in the world, but we haven't been for long, and our culture is not as flashy as the ones that have been rich for centuries.

I believe that the way the Norwegian society was rebuilt after WWII has meant a lot, not only for the way we climbed the world over the past 50-60 years, but for our ability to survive in an evolving world over a longer period of time.

I myself am an adventurous, outgoing type. I love exploring the world, seeing and experiencing new things, new cultures and meet new people. I have always loved to take on new challenges - seizing new opportunities as they arise, taking a leap of faith and going all in to make my dreams come true. I am not a person to set limits for myself. I am rather a person to see possibilities, solutions and unorthodox ways of doing things. I am an entrepreneur, and I feel that is inherited to me through generations of Norwegian blood. This is my culture.

London is a big city, with a lot of people. Some are born here, some work here, some move here for life, and some are just visiting. The city has one of the most diverse populations in Europe. People from all over the world is visiting every day – and some of them are Norwegians. Some Norwegians study here, some work here, some move here for life, and some are just visiting. But we all have one thing in common. We are all adventurous.

Some work here, some study here....
...some move here for life...
...and some are just visiting.
But we are all adventurous!

So what is culture, and what defines Norwegians as Norwegians? I don’t think there is one answer to this question. We all belong to several different cultural communities, and even though nationality is a very important part of it – today less so than it used to be – other factors are just as important; economic status, education, sexual orientation, interests and tastes. In a globalised society the cultural differences between countries and nationalities are gradually being wiped out. Norwegians in London are one defined group of people, but they are not really that different from every other Norwegian, no, they are not even that different from anyone else in London. I am not saying cultural differences is a thing of the past. All I am saying is that the cultural differences between countries and nationalities slowly are evaporating. Now, we still have our own personal culture, and no one can take that away from us. Today culture is about how you became the person you are, it is about your surroundings, the people in your life, your opinions and your personal values, and less about the country you were born in.

We are now in the 21st century. People are moving in all sorts of directions across the globe - faster and more often than ever before. Borders are less important today than what they used to be, and we strive towards accepting and respecting each other better. We learn every day that passes by, and I believe we are heading in the right direction.

At least that's what I feel, a humble Norwegian guy who not long ago took the opportunity, and moved to London.

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Elias Bruholt

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