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    Quote Originally Posted by Upptagen View Post
    Lol. Yes, 1/4 of the year it's pretty true.
    1/4?! I live outside of Gävle, which is about 200 kilometers northwest of Sweden's capital city, Stockholm.
    The first snow came mid november, lasted untill just a couple of weeks ago. That's almost half the bloody year.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cusco View Post
    I am from Sweden so I can't really provide you with a good answer. But the way I imagine people see Scandinavia, is the way I see Switzerland: A small country* that's pretty neutral, the people seem friendly, I don't know much about the country but have nothing bad to say.

    * = Three countries, in the case of Scandinavia.
    Isn't it four? Sweden, Finland, Norway & Denmark.
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    Swedish people are often bragging about how awesome their country is and they pretty much only want to play with other swedish people.
    whats good about scandinavians is that they are very good at english and u can easily communicate with them. (this is from my experience gaming with them)

    The whole story about that country being filled with hot blonde chicks is just a story made up by people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nahak View Post
    Swedish people are often bragging about how awesome their country is and they pretty much only want to play with other swedish people.
    whats good about scandinavians is that they are very good at english and u can easily communicate with them. (this is from my experience gaming with them)

    The whole story about that country being filled with hot blonde chicks is just a story made up by people.
    I agree with this guy. I'm from sweden, and we have a bunch of arrogant people :/
    I don't know where you have been spending time in sweden but where i live..it is filled with hot blonde chicks :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nahak View Post

    The whole story about that country being filled with hot blonde chicks is just a story made up by people.
    Or is it?

    We got great internet connection over here though, atleast in Sweden.

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    I couldn't really see myself living anywhere else except maybe New Zealand.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nahak View Post
    The whole story about that country being filled with hot blonde chicks is just a story made up by people.
    No it's not, we might not have more hot girls than anywhere else but since more people are naturally blond here we also have more hot blond girls.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dassen View Post
    Isn't it four? Sweden, Finland, Norway & Denmark.
    Actually Finland is not a part of it if you use the common definition

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    Use of Nordic countries vs. Scandinavia
    Main article: Nordic countries

    While the term Scandinavia is commonly used for Denmark, Norway and Sweden, the term the Nordic countries is used unambiguously for Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland, including their associated territories (Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and the Åland Islands).[10] Scandinavia can thus be considered a subset of the Nordic countries.

    In addition to the countries of

    Denmark (Constitutional monarchy with a Parliamentary system -- an autonomous constituent country within the Danish Realm)
    Norway (Constitutional monarchy with a Parliamentary system, also including Svalbard)
    Sweden (Constitutional monarchy with a Parliamentary system, independent kingdom since 1523)

    the Nordic countries consist of

    Finland (Semi-presidential republic, independent since 1917)
    Iceland (Parliamentary republic, independent since 1918, although in a union with and a dependency of Denmark until 1944)

    and

    Faroe Islands (an autonomous constituent country within the Danish realm, self-governed since 1948)
    Greenland (an autonomous constituent country within the Danish realm, self-governed since 1979)
    Åland Islands (an autonomous province of Finland since 1920)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dassen View Post
    Isn't it four? Sweden, Finland, Norway & Denmark.
    No, Finland isn't included.
    Sweden is nice except when it's cold as fuck. Also annoying when the polar bears start their raids!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ishootblanks View Post
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    Norway representing

    Norway got the oil
    Denmark got Lego and beer
    Sweden was built by germans during WW2


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    First of all I'm Danish myself... however I did go to the US for 6 months, and found this very question quite interesting myself, and thus here is what I found:

    1. pretty much the first thing that Americans seem to think (at least in the Mid-west and northeast) is Scandinavia = FAIRYTALE LAND! kings, queens, princes and princesses, and a load of them!

    2. We're (scandinavians) all happy-happy-joy'ish people.

    3. 8/10 cannot place us on a map of the world (despite being university/college students)
    3.1: a really messed up sense og geography, Amsterdam = capital of Denmark etc.

    4. Social Democratism, our political systems where none is left to rot on their own, is quite 'famous'. Furthermore, to a lot of young students, it actually seems appealing, inspite of our mad taxation levels.

    There's probably more, but can't really remember...might add something later ;-)

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    ^ no one calls it Social Democratism, it's called the welfare state - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welfare_state

    It's something the Americans would not understand due to their upbringing, basically they think we're communists if you bring it up.

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    Denmark is the best.
    We got the beautiful blondes and the best parties.. And we know how to drink our brains out, and we're always ready to party the next day.


    Oh and, Denmark also got alot of e-flexers and kids who play WoW/CSS (And most of them sound like 10year old girls).

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    It's probably as nice as anywhere else in the world.
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    When I think of Scandinavia, I think of tall, gorgeous platinum blondes, people with funny accents, and metal bands using the power of rock to defeat ancient monsters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maklor View Post
    ^ no one calls it Social Democratism, it's called the welfare state - not allowed to post links

    It's something the Americans would not understand due to their upbringing, basically they think we're communists if you bring it up.
    What do you base this on?
    Because what I said, I actually KNOW from my stay at a college in Wisconsin.

    Also, if you're as caught up in details as it sounds, you probably shouldn't generalize saying "the Americans" and "due to their upbringing". first of all it's infested with prejudice and second of all it's impossible to talk about a general 'attitude' of a country the size of America. Just try to look upon our own little country with 5 million people, and think about how hard it is to say something like that about our upbringing and mindset (should you find that easy, then try Europe!!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by nagazu View Post
    What do you base this on?
    Because what I said, I actually KNOW from my stay at a college in Wisconsin.
    No one calls it social democratism since that implies that the governing party would always be the social democratic party. It's true that the welfare state was invented by social democrats but it has been adopted by all parties as the way the people here want it, so despite we have a right wing government they don't dare to do away with it (although they do chip a bit).

    As for what Americans think I don't even think most of them would know what a social democrat is so I have a hard time seeing them call anything "social democratism".

    Also, if you're as caught up in details as it sounds, you probably shouldn't generalize saying "the Americans" and "due to their upbringing". first of all it's infested with prejudice and second of all it's impossible to talk about a general 'attitude' of a country the size of America. Just try to look upon our own little country with 5 million people, and think about how hard it is to say something like that about our upbringing and mindset (should you find that easy, then try Europe!!)
    I obviously don't mean all Americans, but I feel confident enough to generalize here and I'm not being prejudicial with my statement, just stating a fact.

    Americans are brought up in a certain way just as we are brought up in a certain way, it influences our "core" way of thinking, and I have had years of discussion with Americans so I know pretty well what the general attitude is (I'm old not just out of highschool).

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    I'm an American (34/m) that has spent a lot of time in Denmark and I've been to Sweden as well. My step-mother lives there with my half-sister and I've been lucky enough to stay in Copenhagen for months at a time. I have met MANY Scandinavians and I consider Copenhagen (Herlev/Gladsaxe) as my second home. I immediately loved Copenhagen when I arrived for the first time in 1997. I have been back six more times since then and I have considered moving there permanently.

    I love a lot about the country, but I especially love the people. They are publicly reserved and stoic, but privately warm and engaging. As an American, it is so refreshing to experience Danish day to day life without the constant bickering between political ideologues. In America, it seems the first thing people want to know about you is your religion, your political views, your views on gay marriage or abortion. This is tiresome. In Denmark, people are always asking you about YOU. I always feel welcomed into a Dane's home.

    I enjoy the aesthetics of Scandinavian design, from furniture to electronics. I loved Stockholm's winding waterways and Copenhagen's quaint, green neighborhoods. My family lives in Herlev and I really love the feel of this neighborhood. It feels so small town, but Husum is just a little walk down the street and it's very cosmopolitan for a suburb.

    Other things I love about Copenhagen: Doner Kebabs, Tivoli, Bakken, Smorrebrod, New Year's Eve fireworks, Cocio, Tuborg, Danish women, Festelavn, Frikadeller, Nyhavn, Kastrup, Best public transportation in the world, non-religious, great hash, Stroeget, Christiana, almost zero poverty, no gun culture, and most of all -- few Americans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I stand in fire View Post
    hawt busty blond chicks with beer.
    I think that's German chicks (Octoberfest ones).

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