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New Study: Icelanders More Anglo-Saxon than Nordic

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New Study: Icelanders More Anglo-Saxon than Nordic

Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

Icelanders seem to have more in common with Canadians, Brits, Australians, New-Zealanders and U.S. Americans than the Nordic nations, according to a new study carried out by three professors at the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of Iceland.

The study, by associate professor Þórhallur Guðlaugsson, associate professor Gylfi Dalmann Aðalsteinsson and assistant professor Svala Guðmundsdóttir, compares the ‘Icelandic National Culture’ to the national cultures of 25 OECD member states.

This is the first time Icelanders are compared with other OECD states in this manner, mbl.is reports.

Five dimensions of national cultures defined by Dutch professor Geert Hofstede—power distance index; individualism vs. collectivism; uncertainty avoidance index; masculinity vs. femininity; and long-term orientation vs. short-term orientation—were measured using scales developed by Hofstede.

The conclusions are based on a questionnaire sent to students at the University of Iceland, School of Social Sciences, by email in October 2013.

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