Scandinavia and the World
The Circle of Beer

The Circle of Beer

Okay, not so much a "circle" as a "food chain". Norwegians and Swedes think their beer is too expensive and cross the water to buy it in Denmark (or Finland, but we don't talk about that). Danes just think beer is too expensive in Scandinavia as a whole and cross the border to buy it in Germany. And Germans buy their beer in...nah, I could go on forever. :XD:

Yup, they're singing drinking songs. The first is a Swedish drinking song that is sung all over Scandinavia. The second is of course German.

4th August 2011

Tagged in Denmark Germany Norway Sweden

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3 days ago #9389558        

@valenknight Well that's not right. Helan går would translate to "the whole goes" which I think comes from olden days, that there was a tradition when drinking to pour beer in one cup and send it around for everyone to drink.

It's also here that the word "lagom" comes from. It means just right and it's thought that it came because you had to drink just right so the beer would go lagom (word for word it means "team around)


45 M
11 days ago #9385002        

Okay, that comment means all-out-total-beer-war.
Just kidding. Had to reinforce some German stereotypes, right? ;-)
Normal Belgian beer is great and all, but some of the stuff you are allowed to put into beer is downright nasty.
Come on, strawberry beer? I laughed so hard when I saw that.


20 M
26 days ago #9377284        

Helan går
Sjung hopp faderallan lallan lej
Helan går
Sjung hopp faderallan lej
Och den som inte helan tar (trår*)
Han heller inte halvan får
Helan går
Sjung hopp faderallan lej!

1 month ago #9369262        

for anyone wondering what their actually saying, the only part of the Swedish that translated was that sjung is sing. the german is A toast , a toast of coziness !!!



28 M
2 months ago #9364152        

Only Belgium has real beer. We wash our dishes with the weak and/or horrible stuff other countries produce. :p

3 months ago #9353454        

@bringina: If memory serves, your government subsidizes beer, believing that anyone should be able to afford it. I can't say I disagree.
You DO brew some fine beer, indeed. That Saaz is pretty unique, although extremely expensive unless mixed with more bitter hops.

3 months ago #9352570        

Germans buy their Beer from Frankonia, because we have the highest density of Breweries... :)

3 months ago #9349966        

You know, in Czech rebublic, beer is cheaper than water at some places :D and its pretty good, too. no wonder we have biggest consumption of beer per human in the world :D

5 months ago #9333138        

"(or Finland, but we don't talk about that.)" Am I the only one that *literally* laughed out loud at this?


34 M
5 months ago #9332549        

As someone from the US, im fortunate to live in a state that drinking is cheap

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