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THE FACTS: Norwegians hold the European record for pain: Fully 30 per cent of Norwegians suffer from chronic pain and buy painkillers worth more than half a billion Norwegian kroner per year. The experience of pain is individual and has a biological explanation. But the ability to cope with pain, and the way we manage it, is also socially and culturally determined.
Photo: Geir MogenIllustrasjonsfoto: Geir Mogen