1. We have an identity crisis.
It is true of any country that its people like to know how the country is perceived abroad. That is particularly true of the many countries that aren’t the first to be found on a map. But some countries can turn this into an obsession — one of them would happen to be Norway. We spent four centuries under Denmark and Sweden, and in many ways are still trying to establish exactly what our culture is and what we want to be known for. Some Norwegians don’t believe we can’t do anything right, some others believe we do everything right. Both kinds are likely to comment on this article.
We take out our identity crisis and insecurity by getting overly excited every time Norway is mentioned in the media. This came to a certain morbid head when swimmer Alexander Dale Oen died a few years back, and newspapers wrote up articles detailing how media around the world had reported on how much the swimmer meant to the world swimming circuit and to Norway.