Nordic News

One of the things I enjoy is trying to stir up some Scandinavian chauvinism with Mrs. TwShiloh.  I always try to bait her to indulge in some stereotyping of her Scandinavian neighbors.  Quite frankly, I haven’t been able to get more out of her than to say that she thinks Danes talk like they have marbles in their mouths and Norwegians act like a nation a nouveau riche.  Of course, the rest of the Nordics tend to think of Swedes as a bit pompous.

So, I found it interesting at Norwegian and Danish ‘fury’ over Stockholm’s marketing claim that it’s the ‘Capital of Scandinavia’.  How angry are they?

The dust up over which city reigns supreme in Scandinavia took place at a real estate and investment show in Cannes, France, where some 200 Swedish representatives placed banners and advertising with the slogan “Stockholm: The Capital of Scandinavia”.

The move sparked a fierce backlash from Norwegian and Danish delegations miffed by the Swedish capital’s unsubstantiated claim to be the top city in Scandinavia.

”This is typical Swedish megalomania,” said Erling Fossen to Norwegian Afenposten newspaper.

“Many Norwegians reacted by spontaneously tearing off the Stockholm advert ,” Fossen said.

I’ve advocated for Sweden to invade Norway to teach them a lesson and take their oil but Mrs TwShiloh thinks that may be a bit of an overreaction.

Scandinavism; A 19th-century propaganda image ...

We just passed the anniversary of the end of the Winter War and this Russian webpage has some really cool photos of a reenactment of that conflict.

We’re fast approaching Eurovision time which means all the European nations are having their national contests to pick who will represent them.  One of Sweden’s entrants in Melodifestivalen is a band called Dead by April.  The channel that broadcasts the contest has people to do sign language of the songs for the hearing impaired and you’ve got to check out the rendition.  It’s a total win.

Finland and Sweden have a long history of mutual coexistence.  Finland was, after all, part of Sweden for hundreds of years.  Even today about 5% of Finland speaks predominately Swedish.  One way the Finns commitment to inclusion manifests is through the Uusimaa Brigade.  It is a Finnish marine infantry unit “where the training is given in Swedish, although the command language is Finnish.”  This may seem a bit clumsy at first glance but given the two nations cooperate on defense issues and even have some joint units, which make multilanguage interoperability much more valuable.

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