Scandinavia and the World
Scandinavia and the World

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9th of June

Rare Goods

Rare Goods

So yeah, that is an actual thing in Iceland
https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2017/may/31/icelandic-publisher-prints-books-full-moon-burns-them-tunglio

Thanks to Heather Jochens on Twitter for the link.

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1st of June
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Clean Living

Clean Living

Sorry about the super late comic today guys. I was supposed to go to London Expo, then got sick and had to stay at home and things have generally not been going my way this week.

Anyway, selling canned air to China is a thing now. "High quality air" from mountains and the seaside is worth quite a bit, and people from several countries are entering the "air business".

The thing about the water isn't so much a Norwegian problem specifically, but there have been a few bottled water companies that claimed to sell super special borderline magical water from remote mountain tops, only to get if from the tap or even dirty lakes. So we can't really mock the Chinese too much for buying air.

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26th of May

It's important to know what you like

It's important to know what you like

My housemate from The Faroe Islands works in a bookstore here in Denmark. She's quite good at her job so I once asked her if she'd like to work at a bookstore on The Faroe Islands. She practically recoiled in horror.

"I'd hate it. They practically only sell books about Christianity. All they care about when buying a book is Jesus"

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19th of May

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
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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

Home Decorator

Home Decorator

At least he's making friends? Even if it is an abusive friendship.

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27th of April

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

How to break Iceland's spirit

How to break Iceland's spirit

Swedish food is...weird. Bad isn't even the right word. It's just the most bizarre combination of things you can imagine.

Oh, and pineapple on pizza is illegal in Iceland, but that fact isn't even half as weird Swedish food.

Edit: Apparently pineapple pizza isn't illegal, they've just talked about making it illegal. My point about Swedish food still stands though.

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14th of April

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