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Thanks Ingvar

Thanks Ingvar

Thanks Ingvar Kamprad. You furnished most of my home.

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2nd of February

Yogurt as far as the eye can see

Yogurt as far as the eye can see

Apparently it's a common problem for people who move to Denmark that most cartons that look like they contain milk or juice actually contain yogurt. "This has fruits on it. Surely this is juice" Nope, fruity yogurt. "The stuff that comes out of this carton is super runny. Surely this is milk" Nope, runny yogurt. Danes love yogurt.

Hint, look for the word "mælk". It might say Minimælk, Sødmælk, Skummemælk and so on, but if the letters "mælk" are in there somewhere you can be relatively sure it's milk. I have seen yogurt milk too though, so be careful.

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25th of January
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Someone for Everyone

Someone for Everyone

There's this "loud obnoxious American tourist" stereotype. Obnoxious? Rarely. Loud? Yes, every time. A lot of Americans who come to Scandinavia comment on how silent it is, while the Scandinavians around them are thinking "It's not silent. You're just talking so loudly you can't hear the crowd around you"

Luckily for American's there's always the Icelandic people. This isn't a stereotype as such, but anyone who has lived next to Icelandic people know how loud they can be (and I have lived next to MANY), so it's no wonder that Americans tend to love them. Icelandic people also tend to be more "walk up and talk to people" types which fits the American culture quite nicely.

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19th of January

I'm Batman!

I'm Batman!

In Sweden Batman is called Läderlappen which translate to The Leather Patch. Originally Denmark used this name too where it could be translated as The Leather Flap (as in piece of cloth), taking it directly from the Swedish word, but it has since gone out of style. So yeah, I suppose Sweden should be saying Leather Patch but Leather Flap is so much funnier.

In Norway he was known as Lynvingen, The Lightning Wing, for a while.

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11th of January

Merry Ukrainian Christmas

Merry Ukrainian Christmas

Happy Holidays boys and girls!

The Legend of the Christmas Spider is actually really cute.

A poor woman was living in a small hut with her children. During summer a pine tree started growing out of their dirt floor and the children tended to it so they'd have a Christmas tree in the winter. However, when Christmas came around they couldn't afford decorations, let alone food and went to bed sad and hungry. The next morning when they opened the windows the sun fell on the tree and revealed that a spider had covered it in cobwebs that glittered like gold and silver. When they looked closer they saw that it was REAL gold and silver. From that day on they always had plenty.

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22nd of December
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100 in European years

100 in European years

Shut up, Denmark. You waited longer to give Iceland independence and you still got Greenland and the Faroe Islands (though neither is fighting for full independence at the moment).

But this is the extremely high price you have to pay for being an independent nation who's doing pretty well for itself: You will be teased mercilessly by your Nordic buddies.

Congratulations Finland. May it be several hundred more years.

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7th of December

Potato shaped like a potato

Potato shaped like a potato

Last weekend I was invited to the Raptus festival in Norway and every night they served traditional Norwegian food for us.

The first and third night I was so excited about the food. It all tasted great and I was having a blast. The cured meat was a dream, the potatoes were unusually delicious, the fish was like nothing else and they had the best butter I've ever tasted.

But on the second night they served us raspeballer and I was so confused and upset. The potato balls tasted like soggy cardboard and the meat was so salty it hurt my gums, and I usually eat food so spicy Indians tell me to take it down a notch. And I wasn't alone. The other guests had to excuse themselves too, except the one American who loved it.

So sorry Norway, I like your food overall but I'll never be a fan of raspeballer.

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17th of November

Everything is possible when you don't believe

Everything is possible when you don't believe

My friend went to the US and the people over there asked her this question.

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19th of October

Halloween appropriation

Halloween appropriation

I for one welcome Halloween as another fun celebration to ad to the list we already have.

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6th of October

Child-like joy

Child-like joy

Denmark is dressed as Hans Christian Andersen
Sweden is Astrid Lindgren
Finland is Tove Jansson

Bonus info: Out of these three authors there are two who's queer. Hans Christian Andersen was bisexual and Tove Jansson was lesbian.

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28th of September