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.