The Danes are Nordic peoples and in present-day they teach empathy to all children in schools and encourage them to compete against themselves rather than against each other.

I’m descended from Vikings too! And yet, I write all of this stuff about cooperation and equality. 🤷‍♀️😉

Edit: I just found this, which affirms my memory that Vikings had in at least some ways more equality than other peoples of a similar time. So potentially that part of your genetic heritage is available to you also.

“But women in Viking Age Scandinavia did enjoy an unusual degree of freedom for their day. They could own property, request a divorce and reclaim their dowries if their marriages ended. Women tended to marry between the ages of 12 and 15, and families negotiated to arrange those marriages, but the woman usually had a say in the arrangement. If a woman wanted a divorce, she had to call witnesses to her home and marriage bed, and declare in front of them that she had divorced her husband. The marriage contract usually stated how family property would be divided up in case of a divorce.

Though the man was the “ruler” of the house, the woman played an active role in managing her husband, as well as the household. Norse women had full authority in the domestic sphere, especially when their husbands were absent. If the man of the household died, his wife would adopt his role on a permanent basis, singlehandedly running the family farm or trading business. Many women in Viking Age Scandinavia were buried with rings of keys, which symbolized their roles and power as household managers.”

It goes on to talk about shieldmaidens and other female warriors.

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