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You look away for one minute

You look away for one minute

I am currently living with a Faroese woman, and this is how she explained Faroese politics to me: As soon as the Danes look away, the Faroese politicians have a field day and "do weird things". XD

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21st of May

Eurovision 2014

Eurovision 2014

The main theme of Eurovision 2014 was Eurovision History.

But it also had two smaller themes.
1) The Danish hosts were trying to be a little creepy as a nod to Danish actors always being hired to play villains in American and English films and TV. That was the reason behind the weird stalker segment and shooting fireworks at the commentators.
2) They acknowledged that Eurovision is very popular among gays, which is why it had one female host and two males who were being very *ahem* friendly with each other.

So could it be more fitting that a drag queen who sang a James Bond themed song won?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRUIava4WRM

America in the background is because The Netherlands' song was about as American as Eurovision will allow.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWe8PRsW4T0

Overall there were quite a few good songs this year, so I encourage you to go look for them.

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14th of May
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Greens

Greens

In Scandinavia we're used to food just coming with a salad at restaurants.

When my family visited me in England we had dinner together, and they moved their food around a bit, even lifting it, before their finally asked "Where's the salad?"

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23rd of April

My Wedding

My Wedding

You can hear a version of the song sung by a Dane, a Swede, and a Norwegian here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_dqdcofoA0

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9th of April

Nordic Council

Nordic Council

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

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1st of April
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Big Brother Sweden

Big Brother Sweden

I've often heard Swedes say this, and the other Nordics have very different reactions to it.
Not sure how most Norwegians feel about it, but the few I've heard comment on it seemed to be okay with it.

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18th of March

Hurry hurry hurry

Hurry hurry hurry

Denmark was well aware that it didn't have the military power to fight the Nazis, so the plan was to surrender and cooperate with them. However, they also knew what the Nazis did to Jews, so when reports came in that the Nazis were on their way the Danish government immediately got hold of 99% of Danish Jews and shipped them off to neutral Sweden in the dead of night.
(Unlike in this comic though, the Jews knew where they were going and why)

This of course also means the Jewish community in Denmark is pretty small today.

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11th of March

Frozen Scandinavia

Frozen Scandinavia

Left to right: Svalbart as Elsa, Norway as Anna, Saami as Kristoff, Denmark as Hans, and Sweden as the Duke of Weselton.

I wasn't going to do anything with Frozen until I was informed that all three of the Scandinavian countries are represented in the movie.

Arendelle is Magic Norway (very obvious), The Southern Isles are Magic Denmark (hint being that Denmark is mostly made up of islands and the most southern of the Scandinavian countries), and Weselton is Magic Sweden (hint being that Weselton is Arendelle's closest trading partner, which is historically Sweden to Norway).

Saami is, well, the Saami character, though he's not impressed with his clothes which doesn't look like any real Saami clothes.

And it all make a fair amount of sense considering how Denmark and Sweden have been fighting over Norway for centuries.

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19th of February

No Surprise

No Surprise

Denmark doesn't care what you are. Only thing that matters is if you want to have sex with him or not.

Thailand is a kathoey which is different from a trans woman in that they often still identify as male on some level, or third gender. You should look it up. :)

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28th of January

Coming of Age Day

Coming of Age Day

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coming_of_Age_Day

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13th of January