Scandinavia and the World
Scandinavia and the World

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Excuses Excuses

Excuses Excuses

There's all these stories about the Japanese football team cleaning their locker room before leaving and Japanese fans cleaning the stadium after games. Don't know how many of them are true, but one can hope.

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6th of July

Nice Guys Finish Last

Nice Guys Finish Last

Sweden is the only Nordic country that recognize Scientology as a real religion, yet their European headquarters are in Denmark.

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29th of June
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Traveling Light the Finnish way

Traveling Light the Finnish way

Stumbled across a Finnish site selling mobile saunas. Finns will indeed bring/build saunas everywhere, even war zones.

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22nd of June

Play date

Play date

Hopefully they'll play nice for a few hours.

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14th of June

It's how you use the word

It's how you use the word

I assume that's how languages evolve, yes?

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7th of June
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Bear Whisperer

Bear Whisperer

If you haven't already watched "The most Canadian way to get rid of bears" and "Finnish man scares a bear away by shouting PERKELE" do yourself a favor.

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25th of May

Banned

Banned

China was banned from showing Eurovision because they censored the show. Eurovision is not a force to be messed with. Even Russia knows that.

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18th of May

Most Cutest

Most Cutest

We all interpret things differently I suppose.

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10th of May

Lost the May game

Lost the May game

The maypole is hugely popular in Sweden and you can't have a summer without a maypole. In Denmark the tradition has mostly died out and been replaced with the Saint Hans fire, but there's still a few areas where you can find maypoles in Denmark, and a lot of those places have a "catch the flag" tradition.

On some nights young guys from neighboring towns are allowed to try and steal it, so other young men have to guard their maypole, while another team sneaks over to the other town. Fighting isn't allowed, so stealth is everything and it's all in good fun.

I asked a bunch of Swedes and non of them had ever heard of this tradition in Sweden, so it seemed fitting to have Denmark steal Sweden's maypole.

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3rd of May

Lazy Lady

Lazy Lady

There has been a bit of a problem with Denmark deporting people from other Scandinavian countries if they're pregnant and don't have a spouse or the like in Denmark. This law was meant for people with disabilities or those who are too old to work, and unfortunately it also hits pregnant people sometimes if their home country is safe, and especially if they come from another Nordic country.

This is because people get a lot of monetary support if they are unable to work, so the Danish state can't afford to support people who aren't citizens or have no family connections within the country.

It's super weird that pregnant people are sometimes effected by the law though.

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27th of April