Norway vs Sweden – The Differences {Venn Diagram}

31 Jan
2012

Found this great venn diagram from diesel sweeties:

It also made me think of the differences between the two countries…

Norway
They always sound happy when they speak
Lax
Super athletic
NATO
Two languages: Nynorsk & Bokmål (why oh why…)
North Pole

Sweden
Land of the semlor, kanelbulle
The Swedish Bikini Team
Station wagon baby-mobiles
Fil
Stinky fish
Should have never given Norway independence

Maybe we need to make a new one??

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22 Responses to Norway vs Sweden – The Differences {Venn Diagram}

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Andrew

January 31st, 2012 at 20:08

Sweden’s saunas are weak sause vs Finland.

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Sapphire

January 31st, 2012 at 20:09

Maybe we need to make a three way venn diagram.

Wow, that came out all wrong…

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Andrew

January 31st, 2012 at 20:14

It’s okay, when it’s in a three-way. With a Swede in the middle there’s some leeway!

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Brannigan

January 31st, 2012 at 20:41

I thought Santa was Swedish…

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Andrew

January 31st, 2012 at 20:47

Santa is Finnish.

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Magnus Brink

February 1st, 2012 at 05:38

Andrew is wrong.
Santa is created by CocaCola and is therefore an american creation.

Jultomten is nordic and isn’t specified to a perticular country, as it is a vital part of the folklore in every nordic country.,

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Sapphire

February 1st, 2012 at 09:13

Magnus, not true.

Santa is Dutch coming from ‘Sinterklaas.’ That’s the modern day Santa; before even Coca-Cola was around.

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Annika

February 1st, 2012 at 14:51

Santa is Finnish! Check out Rovaniemi online. He lives there! Santa’s real ;-)
And yes, the Finns know their saunas down to a T!

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Marta

February 1st, 2012 at 20:01

The original meaning of “tomte” in Swedish is not a huge man with red clothes and a white beard, though. Check it out on Wikipedia… ;-)

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Megalagom

February 2nd, 2012 at 11:27

Instead of a three way it would be cool to do a diagram with all of Scandinavia- 5 way! Would be a lot more intricate…and confusing! Almost reminds me of the SATW comics, just by characterizing each country.

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petitorenji

February 4th, 2012 at 09:19

This website is just way too fun. Never was interested in Scan, but after reading all of posts/whines and defensive comments… sigh, how can anyone resist?

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bns100

February 5th, 2012 at 02:18

An example on a scandinavian “tomte” – http://www.kolumbus.fi/seanhype/luckan/tomten/1_tomten.html

Illustrated poem by Viktor Rydberg (read from page 1-14)

//bns100

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Troll

February 5th, 2012 at 22:09

I would just like to make something clear, Scandinavia is three countries, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. When talking about five countries ( Finland and Iceland included) we talk say the Nordic countries.

And the tradition that someone comes knocking on the door to distribute gifts didn’t begin with tomten, at least not in Sweden and i suspect the other countries. Before tomten the Yule Goat did the job, just saying.

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Annica

February 7th, 2012 at 13:28

What is a station wagon baby-mobile? *confused*

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Sapphire

February 7th, 2012 at 13:57

@Annica – A Volvo! In the US in the 1980s, the Volvo station wagons were nicknamed baby-mobiles. No sane, single person owned a Volvo during that time. :D

@Troll – I would hope by now most people would understand the difference between Scandinavia and Nordic region but I know it’s tricky to understand. I wrote a long time back – http://lostinstockholm.com/2010/03/09/the-confusion-between-scandinavia-and-nordic/

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Johan

February 21st, 2012 at 10:55

sweden does have to languages …..

riks-svenska and Skånska

finland isnt that a country in russia? and you can keep ur saunas its not that much of a big deal AT ALL in sweden. dont dont even know anyone here that has one to be honest.

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Collie Buddz

March 1st, 2012 at 04:35

Norway Super athletic? They have one better skier, otherwise they lost everthing against us.

And i can´t understand why you still live in Swenden, becuse you really seams to hate it here.

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Eronyme

June 5th, 2012 at 00:04

Found this blogg like an hour ago, love it :)
The diagram though (i know you dident make it) is pretty messed up. First (and to me the biggest) Black Metal started in England with the band Venom (though they dident sound much like the scandinavian style). The Black Metal scene in norway was actually more influensed by the swedish Death Metal scene. I can really dont say that i heard a singel Norwegian Death Metal band, but both Sweden, Norway and Finnland has a rich Black Metal scene.
Norway had the Nobel Peace Price, wich has almost nothing to do with the real Nobel prices (that wasent even mentioned).
As stated by many, Saunas are Finnish. They are som extremly Finnish that they should be on their flag. And yes, they are awsome!
Dont even get me started on the Thor bit :)
Santa does not exist in the north. We have Jultomten and he is Odin in a red robe that got drunk and stole Thors chariot and goats to raise hell in midgård. This is why i love the old religions, did Jesus ever do something half that cool? :D

Also, i have to ask: Super athletic? Did i miss something?

Once again, love the blogg, im no hater :)

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Sapphire

June 5th, 2012 at 10:10

@Eronyme – I think we need to make a new Venn diagram that’s more awesome and accurate. :)

I think the Norwegian super athletic stems from the fact they do outdoor sports all the time. Regardless of the weather, they’re out there skiing, running, camping, hiking, whatever. I’d say it’s half true at least.

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drastic

October 14th, 2012 at 14:18

Is Sweden better than Canada????

For Brits???

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Alex

February 1st, 2013 at 23:39

Sweden better than Canada? I’m from Canada and I’d say Sweden rocks!

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DJoshquay

April 12th, 2013 at 03:12

I agree with Andrew. Not only are Swedish saunas weak, but saunas, vodka, fighter jets, hates Sweden, and Santa Clause belong in the Finland circle Get it right, man.

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