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Germany didn't agree to this foolery!

Germany didn't agree to this foolery!

It's an ancient tradition in Denmark to light huge bonfires on midsummer's eve to ward off evil, but in the 1920's people started placing a witch made of cloth and straw on the bonfire. It's believed that the bonfire will give her an extra magical push that'll help her fly all the way to the Brocken mountain in the Harz region of Germany where she can party with all her witch friends.

Nobody knows for sure, but it's speculated that the idea to place a witch on the bonfire was a suggested by German workers in Denmark, and that's why they fly to Germany.

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23rd of June

Whiners

Whiners

Do they even have any real complaints!?!

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16th of June
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Eurovision 2017

Eurovision 2017

*fingers in ears* It's not political!

Apparently Little My from the Moomins and Sailor Moon are Lithuania and Belarus' ascetics this year. And let's not forget that Epic Sax Guy is back.

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12th of May

Wrong answer? Wrong question!

Wrong answer? Wrong question!

In Japan it's quite common for a grown man to adopt another grown man.

It started when company owners wanted to keep the company in their family but either didn't have sons who could inherit it, or didn't think their sons where up for the job. So what to do? Hand it over to their daughters? Ha! Don't be ridiculous! It's much more sensible to adopt a 50 years old man from work legally and keep the company in the family that way!

Gay weddings aren't allowed in Japan, so gay couples use this whole adoption business to become family in the eyes of the law. That way they can secure each other financially and be allowed to see each other in places where only family is allowed.

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4th of May

Turn it up to 11

Turn it up to 11

A study was made to see which Western babies were the quietest, and people from Denmark reported the least crying.

But when the scientists went to Denmark to study it, they found that Danish babies cry just as much as other Western babies. It turned out that even though you'll find plenty of Danes complaining about noisy babies, Danes in general are much more tolerant of crying babies than in other countries and it takes more for them to get annoyed. So the scientists then tried to explain that, and so far their best guess is that Danes have more room for children of all ages expressing themselves.

The quietest babies in the world can be found in African and Far Eastern countries, where the parents (or grandparents) usually have the babies with them at all time, which makes the babies feel safe.

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21st of April
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Equality means no mercy

Equality means no mercy

While I lived in England I realized how good we have it in Scandinavia. Norway, Sweden and Denmark have a bloody past with each other, but somehow we managed to put it all behind us and can now tease each other all we want without it turning ugly.

If Norway hadn't struck oil they might have been our Ireland today (England can joke about them, but only to a point), but now they're the richest country in Europe so we're all good.

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6th of April

Fall from grace

Fall from grace

Please Norway, do not take this from us. Being the happiest country is all we got.

When they talked about this on the Danish news the reporter said "We've always seen Sweden as our nemesis, but maybe it's time to turn our attention to Norway"

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24th of March

Olive oil is good for the skin

Olive oil is good for the skin

Ah, world politics. The Netherlands and Turkey have been in each other's hair several times, but it has mostly stayed civil until now.

And Hawaii is having none of Trump America's crap right now.

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17th of March

Language Barrier

Language Barrier

I've seen several Americans say they wouldn't want to visit another country without leaning the language because they feel it would be rude otherwise.

It very much depends on the country. It's of course a huge advantage in countries where they don't speak English like Japan, and the Japanese generally like it when tourists at least try.

The French aren't huge fans of English, and I've met several people who would say stuff in French at me first despite me making it clear I didn't understand a word, then begrudgingly speak English.

Most Danes understand English and see no point in tourists leaning Danish. A simple "Tak" (thank you) is appreciated because it shows an interest, but Danes will generally get annoyed if you try something longer than that, start finishing your sentences and speak English to you. It can be super rude, but it's really just them telling you "It's okay, I understand English. Don't waste your time trying to learn Danish". So if you want to learn Danish it's best to practice with your friends rather than a random store clerk who'd much prefer you speak English.

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10th of March

Suit up...WITH GUNS

Suit up...WITH GUNS

You know things are heating up when Sweden puts his military uniform on.

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3rd of March