- Posted October 19, 2012 by
Of Mice and Men, Scandinavian Edition
Ever since our monetary society arose. People have always moved to other places or countries, where they can live a better and more prosperous life. Today, it is common for people from Eastern Europe to seek fortune in Scandinavia, or Latin Americans to pursue their dreams up North. This scenario has its counterpart in every continent and country.
So is the truth so appalling, that the population in the so called inustrialized countries have all the benefits included? That migrant working never has to be an option?
In Scandinavia that is what they want you to believe. That poverty and unemployment is a tale of other countries. But even the most obfuscated truth will eventually catch up.
Today there are close to 80.000 Swedes and 50.000 Danes living in Norway. The majority of them are living in Norway for one reason. To pursue their dream of a more prosperous life.
This report will give you the background to why people from the richest industrialized countries, are seeking fortune in Norway. And why the juvenile unemployment rate amongst Norwegians, is so high.
Norway is today one of the richest countries in the world. All due to their oil-resources outside the west coast of the country. With a relatively small population, their BNP per Capita in 2011, was 53 471 International Dollars. Which is a hypothetical unit of currency used by the International Monetary Fund.
With a strong economy and a rich population, the demand for development of infrastructure, consumption, entertainment and service is increasing rapidly. Which creates thousands of new job opportunities, mainly in the more populous areas such as the capital Oslo, but also Bergen and Trondheim.
Norway's witty growth of interest in various fields, has also reached people in other countries. Where the economy is weaker and job opportunities are fewer. Everyday hundereds of people from Sweden, Denmark, Poland, U.S.A and Germany are all standing in line at the Norwegian tax administration, Skatteetaten. All hoping to earn surreal amounts of money.
It all seems to good to be true, but behind the facade there is a truth that pivots from the vivid and beautiful picture of Norway.
Oslo is today one out of the most difficult cities in Europe, when it comes to people using drugs. People using heroin, homeless people and beggars is a common sight on the streets of Oslo. This scene is also displayed in other cities in Norway.
With a strong economy, a growing market and many job opportunities, the social environment in Oslo and Norway is a very perplexed scenario.
Some blame the government and some on immigration. It all reached its climax, when Anders Behring Breivik chose to blame Islam and Social Democracy and killed 77 people. His acts might not be completely relevant to the topic. But in his trial he criticised the changing social environment in Norway.
To highlight one single reason, that can be held accountable for Norway's intricated situation is obviously wrong. One would have to make inroads into all fields to find the reasons. However the juvenile unemployment and usage of drugs among Norwegians, are a part of a connection.
In a swedish documentary film on swedish migrant workers in Norway, they revealed that Norwegians gets as many job offers as the Swedes. The only difference is that the Norwegians rejects the offers.
To understand why, one would have to look deeper into the mentality and mindset of Norwegians.
They say "fortune changes everything", which is adequate to describe Norway's problems. In Norway there is a very distinct line between a successful and an unsuccessful life, and what determines this is prosperity and wealth. In school and at home the pressure to become a doctor, legal adviser or an MBA is very high. To work in a grocery store, clean houses or repair things is not an option. Because that is what people from other countries do, not Norwegians.
Unfortunately not everyone have the prerequisites to "success", and many of them are the ones you can find on the streets of Oslo. People who rather than working in a grocery store because of what they have been told in school or at home, chose the needle or a life on the streets. People who may not have had academic support from home, or the desire to become what society tells you.
Many countries are today struggling with mass unemployment, economic crises and health problems. Norway does not, but still some people are ending up on the streets of the most bizarre reasons. Norway's problems is nothing short of an industrialized country's spoiled and immature mindset. But how bizarre it might be, it is still a problem with great significance. And if the Norwegians does not have second thoughts about this soon, they are facing greater problems in the future. Because the black gold does not last forever.