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How the North works


I found this lying unfinished around on my computer, and because I’ve got no comic today you’ll have to do with this.

Being the Dane I am, I of course forgot the Sami People (the Nordic "Indians").

EDIT: Yes, Sweden got Norway later on, but that is not what the bottom picture is about. For many years the Nordics were separated in West-North and East-North. When Sweden got Norway that messed up the separation of West and East and marked Denmark’s decline from power.


17th August 2010

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2 years ago #9444916        
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I live in California, though I am originally from Sweden. and I tried to use this to inform a teacher that while Finland is part of Fenno-Scandinavia, it is not part of Scandinavia. She told me I was wrong and gave me detention. Go figure.

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2 years ago #9398676        
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@Kikki94
So you're not an expert, then who are you do decide what's in "scandinavia" and what isn't? @finnhare just wrote several reasons why Finland very much IS a part of it. Scandinavia isn't a real country, so there isn't really any real definition of what is and what is not Scandinavia. Just several different definitions.
Hva er poenget med å hele tiden kommentere hva som er eller ikke er deler av skandinavia? Du er ikke den eneste som gjør dette. I tillegg er det helt unødvendig, siden "skandinavia" ikke har noen betydning i dag. "Norden" derimot, er mye viktigere med tanke på samarbeid over landegrensene som skiller disse områdene som har så lik kultur og like verdier.

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2 years ago #9440853        
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I would add that before this, all of us were united in the Kalmar union. And before that again, Iceland and the Faeroe islands were part of Norway, not Denmark

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Rovarin

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8 months ago #9589218        
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Although the dual realm of Denmark-Norway was governed from Denmark it was still technically a dual-realm, with two crowns and two King's Laws (Norske Lov and Danske Lov). The crowns were unified, which means that there was a King of Norway and a Danish King and they just so happened to be the same person (well, that is until their successor took over).

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Mikhails

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8 months ago #9588206        
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Didn't Denmark and Sweden just constantly battle for control of Norway for hundreds of years?

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2 years ago #9376689        
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@finnhare You just blew my mind with #9353881

3 years ago #9296819        
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Iceland signed a contract with Norway. When the alliance between Denmark and Norway broke we were sent under the control of Denmark, against our wills.

3 years ago #9238168        
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I wonder why Orkney and Shetland also have the Nordic flag, is there a reason for?

6 years ago #400370        
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@Friendstastegood: I'm sorry, but this is quite simply incorrect, the last "possible" Swedish king Denmark had, was Eric the Victorious, and that's really uncertain (Most likely not true, since it would've been a time where Denmark was strong, had half of England and Norway and Eric is written elsewhere to have been a vassal of Sweyn.).

@hello: It is true Denmark had a few Norwegian kings, but only 1 since 936, and that lasted 5 years. Denmark has always been the more prestigious kingdom of the two, though Norway at certain times were stronger. The union was also put in place by the Norwegian Queen, not enforced by a Danish King I'll remind all you Norwegians who call it "Trehundredeårs natten"


The greatest Northern realms were Denmark under the Kalmar Union, or Denmark under Canute the Great, who were king of Denmark, England, Norway and some of Sweden.

Canute is the most mightful king of the north ever, and was seen as an equal to the Holy Roman Emperor when he visited Rome.

Canute was son of Sweyn Forkbeard a King of Denmark and Norway who is said to have taxed Swedish king Eric the Victorious at some point.

Denmark was the absolute strongest of the North until the Thirty Years War were Denmark suffered a crushing defeat to Sweden (with help from the Netherlands), where after Sweden had great victories in Germany, that had Sweden enter the stage as a Great Power till the Great Northern War where Finland was lost to Russia.

This is not just nationalism, but history, if you don't believe me visit your library or even try wikipedia, though you shouldn't believe everything written there.

Jag är dansk, men älskar Norge och Sverige likeså. Och mit svensk är inte bra.

7 years ago #283515        
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@passesforswedish <- very well put. Europeans tend to slam you for not knowing what goes on past your borders, but how many of us can honestly say we know a sh*itload about Africa? The flaws we see in others, are the ones we fail to see in ourselves :)

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