That’s the current raging question of the day as TheLocal and some other news groups write. I don’t see the issue with a linguistics professor, Dr. Finn-Erik Vinje (retired by the way, which totally allows him for full on bashing), asking a rhetorical question: Kvifor er svenskane så dumme? : Why are Swedes so dumb?
I don’t care actually for either side, it’s the same damn language system. Okay Swedish is Eastern Norse while Norwegian is Western Norse. Turns out Danish is Eastern Norse and more linguistically similar to Swedish but Swedes do not understand a bloody word a Dane says. Maybe the Swedes are dumb in Norse languages? I mean only in Swedish do the skä, skj, sje sound exist. And they have an awesome name for it: voiceless dorso-palatal velar fricative, more info here. Say that phrase ten times. But going back, Swedes seem to have a hard time understanding anyone, even if its their own people in different parts of the country. Skåne, Norrland, whatever, Swedish people cannot comprehend themselves.
Maybe we should all revert back to Icelandic and Norse, get rid of all those horrible Swedish sounds, dump the apple stuffed Danish accents, and speak like true vikings.
If you want more fun, read the comments from the locallers: http://www.thelocal.se/article.php?ID=21208