I've always been impressed with the European education system. Every person I meet from Europe is able to have a conversation in English.
Depends greatly on what you think a conversation is.
*snip* I think the official message is "people who are willing to work and build the Danish society are welcome, others are not", but still it can be quite tricky for even many highly educated westerners to stay in the country.
Don't know about Denmark, but Finland isn't very distinguished in the non-racist department either. I know because I have had the terrible misfortune of being half Finn, half Korean. Mind you, some people have it worse than I (black people spring to mind), so feel sorry for them and not me.
Apparently, I look Finnish enough to fool many, yet I still manage to attract people, usually drunk Finnish men in their fifties, who sit down opposite to me in public areas and ask where I'm from and what I'm doing in Finland, and then go on and on about how important it is to work for the benefit of the society. For fuck's sake, I was born in Finland, I was bullied in kindergarten and school in Finland, I did military service in Finland, I'm studying in Finland and I'll almost certainly end up working in Finland as well regardless of what drunks think I should do with my life.
In addition to flak from unknown Finns, I'm also pretty sensitive to what my friends say as well - when Girlfriend made a non-serious comment about me having slant eyes, I went absolutely ape. I've had to put up with this shit all my life, and I cannot see why the hell I should take it from friends as well.
Sorry, I may have answered a question that no one ever asked.
How cold are the winters in Norway? Is Norway one of those Scandinavian countries where it gets dark for longer periods than the average country closer to the equator?
I have never actually been to Norway, but I reckon it's pretty much the same as here. About six years ago, we had to wait until January until we got snow that didn't melt in a few days; a year back, when I was in the army, it could get as cold as minus thirty Celsius (plus wind) and the snow reached halfway up my thigh. It never got very light, and the little light we got during the day vanished early (between 3 pm and 5 pm, I think). On the upside, it never got dark on the ten-day summer exercise in Lapland.