… that the Norwegians are the most peaceful, open, calm and friendly people that you are likely to meet.
Years ago when I was in Norway touring one of the Viking museums in Oslo, I recall the guide telling everyone, “The Wikings were just peaceful traders and merchants.”
On a more serious note, though, it really doesn’t matter where in the world you are. Somebody always doesn’t like somebody else. Law and order only keeps honest people honest but there will always be a threshold at which a disgruntled person doesn’t care anymore and feels a greater reward from making an impactful statement than remaining quiet.
In Sweden, a similar dude told me that there were three types of Vikings operating in different places: explorer/colonizers; traders; and raiders.
The popular image is of the raiders who did their rape, pillage, and burn in places like Ireland, Scotland, France and England. The explorers settled Iceland, Greenland and even parts of the North American coastline. The traders went down the great rivers of Europe far into Russia, Turkey and the Mediterranean trading very diplomatically and successfully.
So he was right. The raiders were the fearsome ones that we like to remember. Admittedly, many of them came from what is now Norway.
How many ethnic groups can be held accountable for how their ancestors from 1300 years ago behaved.
I suggest none. Your point is irrelevant.
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