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Best Country in Scandinavia

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Mango Elephant, Apr 25, 2011.

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Which country is the best?

  1. Sweden

    33.0%
  2. Denmark

    33.0%
  3. Norway

    34.0%
  1. Leifmk

    Leifmk Deity

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    Norway does have Funcom.

    In general, though, when it comes to anything at all related to culture (spanning from literature to music to computer games) it's quite noticeable that we only have about half the population of Sweden; the Swedish population seem to be juuuust above a certain critical size.
     
  2. Racsoviale

    Racsoviale Smoke me a kipper!

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    Voted for my own country since we got the most badass crown prince:p

    Furthermore the Norwegians dont count since they are either Danish or Swedish anyway and the swedes, being the traitors from the union they are, have lost all rights reserved for man:smug:
     
  3. Verbose

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    There does seem to be something about what Leifmk posted just above, about critical sizes of population. Small countries struggle to maintain itself in all areas of things like research, industry, but also cultural activity. Real pluralism in views in national debates about cultural stuff tends to be hard to maintain in smaller populations. Sweden at 9,3 million often seems just about big enough to be able to pull off acting like a decent mid-sized modern nation, but to do it with less apparently gets increasingly tricky (Norway just shy of 4,9 million). Not that either Norwegians, Danes or Finns seem to be doing "badly" as such in this respect.

    What seems to go for all these nations is that they are very "technology- savvy" and "friendly". They're all quick to pick up on the latest stuff in information technology, generally gets the new ideas fast. I know at least Sweden has been used as kind of test-market by multinational firms trying out new gadgets. People here are quick to get the latest thing, use it, and generate feedback about how it worked. And since it's a limited population, saturation is pretty quick, so the firms get a useful result relatively faster than if trying out in the huuuge US or Japanese markets they might actually be aiming for. Still, Sweden might have a size advantage in being just a crucial tad bigger than its neighbours.
     
  4. Ingvina Freyr

    Ingvina Freyr wants a Steamfree option

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    Swedes and Finns are all Swedish in a sense.

    A sensible statement which can be applied to many parts of Scandinavia. :)

    All you need to learn is how to mock the Norwegians for being provincial and how to properly not understand a Dane speaking even though you might (the words "help" and "Heimlich manoeuver" can be useful here) and you'll fit right in.

    Question to the OP: Does the question in the title of the thread include the possibility for natives to discuss reciprocal sentiment? If not the thread is being rather hijacked and I for one should go back to solely reading what others posted*.
    Spoiler :
    *and taking down names. :trouble:
     
  5. Mango Elephant

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    I don't care.
     
  6. Leifmk

    Leifmk Deity

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    And yet you made the effort to post in this thread. Good job!
     
  7. aronnax

    aronnax Let your spirit be free

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    If Denmark gets 3rd, I demand a second Alternative vote so that those who voted for Denmark can decide between Sweden and Norway.
     
  8. SS-18 ICBM

    SS-18 ICBM Oscillator

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    They make decent enough games, I suppose. Just nothing too remarkable though.

    Is it all those mountains? I was thinking that the oil money could be used to import a lot of things a growing population needs. And it could also be used to help diversify the economy.
     
  9. Lillefix

    Lillefix I'm serious. You can.

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    But it's not. They only use it to make the budgets look good. The rest is spent on stocks.

    We have some of the most miserable infrastructure in Europe.
     
  10. Cheezy the Wiz

    Cheezy the Wiz Socialist In A Hurry

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    Nah I still think of the Swedish girl I used to work with. Stereotypical in every way: buxom, long, braided blonde hair, big round blue eyes. Should've run off with her when I had the chance...




    ...hah, like I ever had a chance!
     
  11. Yared

    Yared That Guy

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    Our King-to-be is a former peasant, as opposed to the not as unusual Queen-to-be. :)

    The explanation seems to be that we just love to game. For example: the world's largest LAN-party, Dreamhack, is held in Sweden.

    IKEA - Biggest exporter of Swedish Culture and cuisine.

    You think any of our modern politicians would ever dare to do what Palme did?

    I've never actually thought about that but it's so true :lol:

    I think that this is mainly the reason why us Swedes consider the Norwegians and the Danes our "younger siblings".

    It's like a 18 year old guy dealing with his 10 year old brothers.


    @PartySvenske: That's kinda how some Swedes outside of Stockholm think of us! Kinda gay, kinda snobbish and kinda spoiled.
     
  12. Ajidica

    Ajidica High Quality Person

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    You also have Volvo and Saab.
     
  13. Gabryel Karolin

    Gabryel Karolin Gammelgädda

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    Nope, sold of along time ago.

    Voted Denmark because they're last :p
     
  14. Gangor

    Gangor King

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  15. Ingvina Freyr

    Ingvina Freyr wants a Steamfree option

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    Lillefix, apart from being a beautiful gallic girl, I was under the impression you were Danish. Are you from Norway, or do you just live there?
     
  16. Lillefix

    Lillefix I'm serious. You can.

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    Norway born and bred. Although I actually have a Swedish sounding last name, so everyone thinks I'm Swedish. I got the impression you thought I were Danish in the top 5 thread btw. but I chose not to say anything. Sorry:p

    Just to clear up any further misunderstandings, I'm a guy even though I have a female username. Lillefix was the name of our male cat. Whom we thought was a girl when we got him and my sister called him Lillefix because she, like I, is an Asterix fan.
     
  17. Ingvina Freyr

    Ingvina Freyr wants a Steamfree option

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    Yes, aimed at your Danishness there and missed big time obviously. Still a good poke at them southerners though. However, I promise not to mock you again for being Danish. From now on I will treat you as the bona fide Norwegian you are :pat:.
     
  18. Mango Elephant

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    Wow, stupid, I'm the OP and he asked me a question.
     
  19. Atticus

    Atticus Deity Retired Moderator

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    How can that be? Only male Gallic names end -ix, whereas females end -ne. :confused:

    (Btw, note that names are different in different languages. The person in my avatar My name for example is Panoramix in French, Getafix in English and Akvavitix in Finnish).
     
  20. Lillefix

    Lillefix I'm serious. You can.

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    It's the exception that proves the rule I guess. She's the only woman that has a name that ends with -ix.
     

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