In the U.S.A. we would call it the Bible Belt. A wisecracker in Oslo might call it den Morke Stripen, the Dark Strip. It is a strip of counties down the southwest coast and around the southeast coast of Norway, the stronghold of the Christian People's Party and of the powerful volunteer organization of fundamentalists, Indremisjonen the Inner Mission. In the valleys and coasts of Norway the traditional Lutheran family patterns persistpatriarchal but not authoritarianand provide a background of stability in the families of modern industrial and more worldly Oslo. There are few divorces in the provincial areas.
Journal of Documentation – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jan 1, 1954