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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. Atticus

    Atticus Deity Retired Moderator

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    Norway, as far as I know, is terribly expensive country. They also have terribly high wages there.

    Mostly, but I think Danes can't understand each other.
     
  2. Yared

    Yared That Guy

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    Compared to say... Spanish, sure?

    Maybe to some extent, though it depends what language you compare it to. As a society though, we are very much exposed to English. Unlike, say, Germans who dub everything :)mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:), we subtitle everything and never dub. (Unless the movie/tv show is for young children)

    So it seems to me, at least, that it'd be hard to accurately measure it.

    It can often be something very subtle. Like for example, "They" and "Them" are "De" and "Dem" in Swedish. An outsider might not have pick it up.
     
  3. Ingvina Freyr

    Ingvina Freyr wants a Steamfree option

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    It's perceivable partly because of the common Germanic ground and partly due to words in English borrowed from Scandinavian long ago. (The :mischief:) English since then however, has turned rather French.

    :lol:
     
  4. Racsoviale

    Racsoviale Smoke me a kipper!

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    This is embarrasingly true. For such a small country it is interesting that we have at least two dialects which are so different from the rest of the country that it takes(for me at least) 2-3 days of exposure to somewhat understand. the southern part of Jutland dialect of sønderjysk is friggin hard to understand the same goes with the dialect of the island of Bornholm where they talk a strange mash-up of danish and swedish.

    Someone mentioned danish humour a few pages ago and I was told once it is close to english, lots of sarcasm and dry and black humour.

    Regarding living in Scandinavia. I think a lot of people from other western countries(especially USA) will get a big surprise when they get their first paycheck:p we pay a lot of tax up here in the North afterall and paying up to 60% in taxes are not unheard of here at least. But only if you are in that income bracket(?).
    I as a student pay 48% in taxes but because there are rules letting you earn a certain amount a year before taxes kick in I don't pay taxes of my SU(student welfare I suppose it would be called) but all my other types of income gets taxed the 48%. It probably sounds rough but it still leaves plenty to live of and even makes it possible for me to save up something every month for big expenses(new laptops, drivers license, and so on)
    And regarding cars. They are the big money sink here, with lots of insurances, environmental fees and high prizes on gas (9,52$ a gallon at the moment). Which means most of us get by on bicycles and public transportation, or on feet.

    Veles: we do have some similarities with english but in the same way that german and dutch are related to english, meaning lots of words which have been integrated in english but have changed somewhat since then. But there are a lot of english city names which I believe stem from danish at least. Newcastle comes to mind when I'm typing this, since it is a direct translation from Nyborg(a danish coastal town). A quick wiki search actually shows Newcastle is older than Nyborg. So nevermind:blush:

    Sorry if this got a bit long, I seemed to start rambling the same time I decided to respond.
     
  5. Leifmk

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    It's easier to learn than, say, Chinese or Russian, or even the Latin languages of southern Europe. Not quite as easy as German, but most Scandinavians are better at English than German because they get much more exposure to it.
     
  6. Leifmk

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    Although Spanish, from cursory examination of it, has the advantage of a relatively logical grammar and consistent spelling/pronounciation rules (while English is an unholy and inconsistent hodgepodge).
     
  7. Angst

    Angst Rambling and inconsistent

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    The word is one word though, not two. In Danish.

    Tricksxy?
     
  8. metatron

    metatron unperson

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    Hey, have some compassion. I actually had to suffer that. :blush:
    Do you have any idea how twisted and perverted that is? The desecration of all the precious art! :(
     
  9. Verbose

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    But why is it done then?:hmm:

    (Not as if the Germans are alone in it, considering what the French and Italians etc. get up to.)

    One effect of small languages not dubbing, having a huge emphasis on the need to learn languages (well English at least) tends to be that these countries are significantly better at not willy-nilly importing foreign (in this case English) words. Since people do know English, they also know how to keep the languages properly separated.

    That said, invented English expressions which have nothing to do with the UK, US or anywhere else are hillarious. In Sweden a "walkman" is (well was) known as a "freestyle". God knows why.:crazyeye:

    And apparently a mobile phone in Germany is known as a "handy", which at the very least has very little to with traditional German technological naming practises.:D
     
  10. Yared

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    Mm there's nothing quite like hearing the German Eddie Murphy from Zamunda or German Turk with no "ebonic" colouring of the dialect.

    Another bad thing is when they dub it but fail to account for reverb and stuff (eg no echo despite the actors obviously being in some kind of cavern). I only saw this done in the newest James Bond movie.
     
  11. Ingvina Freyr

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    I believe the people at Sony themselves came up with the name "freestyle" since walkman (which is a Sony trademark) was increasingly used for the product no matter what brand (something like what Jeep, Whirlpool and others have experienced as well).

    PS. If G knows Y, and IF knows Y, could IF be G? Possibly. ;)
     
  12. Cheezy the Wiz

    Cheezy the Wiz Socialist In A Hurry

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    Something foreign-speakers appreciate immeasurably. I might have to strangle someone if I was told to call them on my Ferngesprächehandgroßenredengerät after school.
     
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    Lillefix I'm serious. You can.

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    :lol: thats what I thought too... well time has changed apparently and on top of it Russia has got beaten by Germany 2:0 yesterday

    however Finland has kept to tradition by beating Denmark 5:1
     
  16. Qpla

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    Finland lost 1:4 to Denmark last year
     
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    Thats right however thats an exception not a tradition just like Czech loosing to Norway 2:3 I think. But it seems that it is changing anyway.
     
  18. Singularity

    Singularity Infinite Density

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    I voted for Denmark since they've got the least votes and the best beer. Since I'm a Norwegian I would feel very uncomfortable voting for Norway. But I would say a tie between the three countries is a good and accurate result.
     
  19. Loppan Torkel

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    You Norwegians are well known for your national modesty. :salute:
     

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