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Nordic Council

Nordic Council

The Nordic Council is a real thing. It's not as awesome as it sounds.

1st April 2014

Tagged in Finland Denmark Greenland Sweden America Iceland Norway

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12 days ago #9345541        

@tuonela. You have said earlier that " I think Finland should put some distance between the other Nordics and concentrate on improving relations with Russia. Our future is not with the Nordics".
Very special opinion when we are thinking about Finnish history, threat has always arrived to Finland from east (Russia/Sovjet Union). Russia/Sovjet Union has attacked several times to Finland in last centurys. And as you can see in Ukraine, Russia is not trusty and peace-loving neighbour.

16 days ago #9343868        

And yet I still want to attend

23 days ago #9340693        

Well, look who's talking.

29 days ago #9338705        

hahaha finland sover. velkommen til skandinavia



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1 month ago #9333127        

Might be different to have a union of nordic countries. Part of the reason why Norway broke away from Sweden was that our foreign policy interests was very different from that of Sweden. Internal politics was controlled by Norway already in the union that lasted until 1905. Norway is more of a resource based economy with strong maritime traditions. That is quite different from Sweden which is more like Germany, with strong engineering traditions making high quality consumer goods. Finland due to its proximity to Russia follows very different foreign policy than other Nordics with respect to security and defence.

I am sure the Nordic countries could have cooperated more but I know that at least for Norway it is a touchy subject given that we were under Denmark for 600 years and then about hundred years under Sweden. That is perhaps why the other guys see us as the most nationalistic. Our cultural identity was almost obliterated and thus we have very strong feelings about preserving it. Norway and Sweden are probably the most smilier Nordic countries but when it comes to Nationalism we probably have complete opposite ideas. It is an area where I think a lot of Norwegians feel very misunderstood by the Swedes.

2 months ago #9329332        

Greenland is so cool


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2 months ago #9324078        

I love Murika's expression there though haha. As if all of Europe doesn't think that at least once a week when looking as the US xD


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4 months ago #9300815        

@siggitiggibe It's funny you should say that, about rivers. Here in the U.S., different states have had minor wars about that very issue. Such as Idaho, where I used to live, using too much of the water of rivers that flow down into California.

It used to lead to a lot of fighting. But in the past 60 years or so many of these states have formed 'water rights councils', which are very similar to the Nordic Council shown here. They argue about how much water each state can use before the river flows into the next state.

I used to be a farmer, in Nebraska. So I learned much more about these issues than I ever though I would.

Speaking of which, Nebraska farmers use the "ogallala aquifer", which covers a huge area in the middle of the U.S. (in eight states) to pump water out of wells to grow crops. A new Council was formed about 15 years ago because the aquifer was getting lower and lower over the years. Today, you can't dig a new water well without getting permission from the Council that watches the water level of the aquifer.

4 months ago #9299107        

We're not over-fishing the area. That's just some grand claims made by the Norwegians. If we don't fish said fish it will imbalance the entire ocean around Iceland.

Norway needs to start listening to it's marine biologists..
As to Norway owning the Fish. If a farmer owns land and a river flows through it into the ocean, does the farmer own said ocean?


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4 months ago #9298565        

It's like reality show up there!

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