Norwegian national day is 17 May and commemorating the signing of the constitution on that date in 1814. In Norway, the Constitution Day is huge.
Whilst many countries celebrate their national day with a military parade, Norway’s 17 May is more of a party for everyone, especially the children. Before they take to the streets, many will gather for a 17 May breakfast – often a potluck with friends and neighbours – with freshly baked bread, scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, and for the grown-ups, champagne.
Children’s parades then take place across the country, and led by marching bands they walk through their communities. The largest of the traditional parades attract tens of thousands of people waving flags and shouting “hurra!”. In Oslo, the parade is greeted by the royal family who are waving tirelessly to the crowds from the Royal Palace balcony.
Nationalistic? Perhaps, but the non-militaristic and generally joyous atmosphere, in addition to the children’s special place in the celebrations, makes the day a largely uncontroversial affair. The focus is mostly on eating huge amounts of ice cream and hot dogs, listening to speeches, and playing games at local schools.
The day is also an opportunity for men and women to show off their “bunad”, Norway’s traditional costumes. There are hundreds of different ones, with colours and styles indicating where in Norway the owner’s ancestry lies.
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Jonna Jinton Kulning
Jonna’s courageous choice; that from her blog shows the beauty of living in the rhythm of nature and engages in the ancient practice of Kulning.
Jonna Jinton Kulning practice:
Who has never felt the desire to abandon city life and move into nature, in a quiet and peaceful place, where to experience true peace of mind?
Sooner or later everyone has this feeling, someone in a quick and almost inconsistent way, others in a very intense way.
In 2010, Jonna Jinton decided to give up her life of stress, anxiety and routine to move alone to Grundtjärn, a village 100km from Gothenburg with only 9 inhabitants in the wilderness of her country; Sweden, to live his new life.
“My ancestors have lived in this place for many generations. For me it’s a bit like coming home.
“Living in the midst of nature is the thing I’ve always wanted since I was a child. Living in the forest and enjoying silence is what makes me happy, and through my blog I want to pass on this passion I have to others and share the beauty of nature “.
At only 21 years of age he gave up his studies and a life he no longer felt to live the life he had always wanted:
“In the midst of nature and silence”
as she herself says in the short video posted on her Facebook page; where she tells the story entire route that took you where it is now.
“The secret of a truly happy life, ” says Jonna, “. Consists in the difficult ability to enjoy small things, to rejoice daily in the gifts of nature; like the blossoming of a flower or a winter sunset on the lake. To have the courage to make the choices that make us feel good; even at the expense of a normal life “.
Danish pension funds invested 1.13 billion kroner in companies that supply military equipment and service to Saudi Arabia.
Some Danish pension funds have invested a total of 1.13 billion kroner in companies that supply military equipment to Saudi Arabia, according to an investigation carried out by Information newspaper.
News from the Saudi kingdom, is suspected of committing war crimes in Yemen, and the equipment may be similarly implicated.
News Problematic investments
The pension should be able to show about arms producers that continue to sell weapons unscrupulously to a country where there is a great risk that the will be used for war crimes.
News In the ruins of air strikes on Yemen
The pension funds have invested in arms manufacturers that provide military equipment or services to Saudi Arabia, such as Raytheon and Rheinmetall.
Human rights organisations, including Amnesty International, have found remnants of bombs produced by Raytheon and Rheinmetall in the ruins of Yemen.
The Saudi coalition has been involved in more than 19,000 air strikes with major civilian casualties in Yemen since 2015.
Arms sales already banned
The Danish government suspended arms sales to Saudi this past November, but the pension funds’ investments undercut this policy.
Experts and politicians say EU arms sales to Saudi Arabia are a breach of EU rules and the UN Arms Trade Treaty.
Danmark was the largest investor in the companies that supply Saudi military equipment with 243.8 million kroner, followed by Lægernes Pension (138.1) and Topdanmark (117.5).
Six reason why expatriates fail and come back in your country
Being an expat on a foreign posting can be rewarding, not just in terms of economics benefit, but also in terms of cultural and professional enrichment as well.
However, it becomes difficult, and there is always the constant possibility of a premature end to the objective if things do not go as they should.
- They do not have an explicit mission in mind If neither the expat not the organisation that sponsored the expat have any explicit goals in mind, this can lead to a loss of purpose, which makes it difficult for the expat to justify their challenges in their host country.
It can also lead to expats making decisions that may not be in line with their best interests, as far as long-term success is concerned.
Without an explicit mission or set of goals, they may instead opt for actions that bring short-term success professionally, or short-term happiness personally.
The lack of goals may also lead to financial insecurity for the expat shortly after their return from their posting, as they may not have actually planned on investing their income, instead spending it on frivolous things and experiences.
- They are not able to meet their host country’s challenges. Whether it’s governmental red tape, difficulties obtaining decent housing, or simply an inability to understand the culture of the host country, these small challenges have the tendency to add up and overwhelm expats who are unprepared to deal with them. This can result in expats prematurely opting to leave their host country.
- Expats may encounter problems with their family.Family problems can easily derail their focus on their job, and the inability to resolve these issues is a problem especially present in the expat community.
- This is especially true for expats who are unable to take their families with them, but can affect even single expats as well.
Expats who leave their families behind while they’re on assignment run a high risk of having marital issues – not just due to the indiscretions of their spouses, but also due to the boredom and isolation that often occurs on long foreign assignments.
Single expats may also be unable to attend family reunions or take care of sick parents at short notice, which can also lead to strained relationships over time.
- There was insufficient preparation for the move.Any long-term move to a different country requires ample time if it is to be a success. Many expats leave their home country without considering if they should sell or rent out any of their possessions, or without realising that they are behind on their obligations.
- They may not know what to do with their pets, or if they should have their car shipped to their new home.
- Many have discovered they’re still auto-paying for their gym membership back home, or that they left their house heater on for months, resulting in an enormous electric bill when they come back.
Dreams . . .
Anyone planning to move away from their home country has a long list of loose ends to tie up, and perhaps the most important of these has to do with their health insurance.
Regular insurance plans don’t normally have coverage that follows you outside your home country, so it’s best to invest in international health insurance from a specialised company like Now Health International, so that you’re protected wherever you’re posted.
- They did not have sufficient social support.Being an expat can be lonely, and it’s absolutely crucial they are able to set up a routine that allows for sufficient socialisation.
It is the obligation of the organisation that sends the expat abroad to either provide some social support in terms of hardship pay.
Housing with other employees and similar services, or at the very least set an expectation that the expat may not receive it.
Likewise, it’s normally in the best interest of the expat to try to find friends on and off the worksite, among both locals and expats.
- The expat feels isolated from their home culture.Culture shock hits some people harder than others. If the host culture is particularly alien, or if the expat lacks preparation or the aptitude for adjusting.
- They may find it difficult to meet their goals, leading to a failure in the posting.
The expat overseas needs to find ways to be able to stay in touch with their home culture on a regular basis.
Especially if there is a full expectation that they will return home at some point in the future.
If they do expect to return home, the expat should always set aside some time to ensure they are up-to-date with current events at home to ensure they do suffer severe reverse culture shock upon their term ending.