Actually, and unfortunately, the Jante Law is very real. The unwritten, unspoken "law" that you are not supposed to be better than anyone else has a very strong hold in Norway
(and maybe the rest of Scandinavia
). It is often not seen as a good thing if you are clever
. Even in school, people can be held back
if they are moving on faster than the rest of the class.
To me, the Jante Law is based on a misunderstanding of what equality is.