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  • European Banks Boycott Israeli Banks Because of ‘Settlements’

    02/01/2014 6:13:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    INN ^ | 2/2/2014, 2:26 AM | Elad Benari
    Two of the largest banks in northern Europe have announced they will boycott Israeli banks because they operate in “occupied territories”, the Walla! Hebrew-language news website reported on Saturday. The two banks in question are the Swedish Nordea Bank, which is the largest bank in Scandinavia, and the Norwegian Danske Bank, which is the largest bank in Denmark. […] The Walla! report comes on the same day that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry threatened Israel that a failure in the peace talks would lead to global boycotts and delegitimization of the Jewish state. …
  • European Banks Boycott Israeli Banks Because of 'Settlements'

    02/01/2014 6:57:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    inn ^ | 2/1/14 | Elad Benari
    Two of the largest banks in northern Europe have announced they will boycott Israeli banks because they operate in “occupied territories”, the Walla! Hebrew-language news website reported on Saturday. The two banks in question are the Swedish Nordea Bank, which is the largest bank in Scandinavia, and the Norwegian Danske Bank, which is the largest bank in Denmark. Danske Bank, which serves five ​​million customers in Denmark and Northern Europe , publishes on its website a list of companies which are boycotted for legal and ethical reasons. Two weeks ago the list was updated and, according to Walla!, for the...
  • Obama Donor Picked for Ambassador to Norway Fumbles Basic Questions About Norway

    01/25/2014 2:33:07 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 38 replies
    Live leak ^ | Liveleak
    Obama Donor Picked for Ambassador to Norway Fumbles Basic Questions About Norway Obama bundler raised $500,000 for the 2012 cycle. Obama's presidency has been built on lies, apparently his followers are good at it also.The next US ambassador to Norway, George Tsunis bundled $500,000 for President Obama in 2012, apparently knows nothing about Norway. Questioned by Senator John McCain about the anti-immigration Progress Party, which has now joined the ruling coalition, Tsunis had no idea what McCain was talking about. McCain asked for his thoughts; Tsunis replied, “You get some fringe elements that have a a microphone and spew their...
  • Antifeminism Might Become Illegal in the Nordic Countries (Some Vanity)

    01/10/2014 9:33:03 PM PST · by Viennacon · 13 replies
    The Spearhead ^ | March 29th 2013 | Henry Laasanen
    The Nordic Council has received recommendations from the expert panel to forbid antifeminist speech in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Norway). The “Expert panel” was full of radical feminists and profeminist men. In the report antifeminist speech and right-wing extremist hate speech towards immigrants are treated as a part of the same movement. Antifeminist Threats and Harassment must be made Illegal (We recommend that the Nordic governments ensure that threats and harassment on the basis of gender are made illegal. Hate speech online must be prosecuted similarly to hate speech in other public spheres.) Low threshold services...
  • ‘Too much, too soon’: Children should not start school until age six or seven, say education experts

    09/12/2013 7:48:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 66 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 04:46 EST, 12 September 2013 | Sara Smyth
    Children should not start primary school until they are six or seven years old, according to a coalition of education experts who warn of the damaging pressure to perform in class at a young age. A letter written by 130 teachers, academics and authors said the UK should follow the Scandinavian model and put off formal lessons for two years. Under the UK’s current system, children start full-time schooling at the age of four or five. Experts say this is causing “profound damage” in a generation which is not encouraged to learn through play. …
  • Hotels and the pornography plague: an example of moral responsibility from Scandinavia

    09/10/2013 6:51:50 PM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    Life Site ^ | Robert P. George
    Spetember 10, 2013 (thePublicDiscourse) - A bit more than a year ago, we made public here on Public Discourse a letter we had sent to the chief executive officers of our nation’s largest hotel chains, respectfully asking them to stop offering pornography in their hotel rooms. We said: We are, respectively, a Christian and a Muslim, but we appeal to you not on the basis of truths revealed in our scriptures but on the basis of a commitment that should be shared by all people of reason and goodwill: a commitment to human dignity and the common good. As teachers...
  • The Biggest Mega-Mosque in Scandinavia : Denmark Gets its First Minaret

    09/09/2013 6:15:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | September 9, 2013 | Soeren Kern
    "In this way we can promote our moderate message of Islam. The Emir [of Qatar] would really like this." — Mohamed al-Maimouni, spokesman, Danish Islamic Council. Construction crews in Copenhagen have raised Denmark's first minaret -- a 20 meter (65 foot) tower-like structure that will alter Copenhagen's low-rise skyline -- as the finishing touch on a colossal project to build the biggest mega-mosque in Scandinavia. Construction of the minaret, which was finished on September 3, marks the final phase of work on Denmark's first-ever purpose-built mosque, situated at Rovsingsgade Street in Nřrrebro, a heavily Islamized district in northwestern Copenhagen. The...
  • Even Scandinavian Welfare States Realize Too Much Dependency and Too Many Handouts Are Destructive

    09/02/2013 6:08:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 2, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    We’re making a tiny bit of progress in the battle against the welfare state. No, policy hasn’t changed yet, but at least there’s growing recognition that maybe, just maybe, it’s not a good idea to pay people not to work. Particularly when you trap them in lives of dependency and despair and undermine progress in the fight against poverty.This chart shows that various handouts discourage low-income people from earning more money, and a recent blockbuster study from a couple of my colleagues at the Cato Institute revealed that welfare pays more than entry-level employment in dozens of states.And a growing...
  • 1 in 4 Swedish Women Will Be Raped as Sexual Assaults Increase 500%

    08/22/2013 11:55:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/22/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Sweden has imported huge numbers of Muslim immigrants with catastrophic effect. Sweden’s population grew from 9 million to 9.5 million in the years 2004-2012, mainly due to immigration from “countries like Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia”. 16 percent of all newborns have mothers born in non-Western countries. Employment rate among immigrants: 54 percent. Sweden now has the second highest number of rapes in the world, after South Africa, which at 53.2 per 100,000 is six times higher than the United States. Statistics now suggest that 1 out of every 4 Swedish women will be raped.In 2003, Sweden’s rape statistics were...
  • Scandinavian Rape, Scandinavian Blinders

    08/22/2013 9:22:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | 22 August, 2013 | Bruce Bawer
    The Norwegian Royal Palace, located in the heart of Oslo, is surrounded by a pleasant little park called Slottsparken. It contains lawns, flower beds, and a rippling brook spanned by a footbridge. Behind the Palace is a small cabin where members of the palace guard spend their down time napping and watching TV. A less charming feature of the park is that it’s also been the setting of several rapes – no fewer than five of them between June and October of 2011 alone. Things got so bad that the Radisson Hotel – which is just across the street from...
  • Arctic Muslims Risk Health During Ramadan

    07/11/2013 3:53:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    The Local ^ | 11 Jul 13
    Swedish Muslims north of the Arctic circle have long waited for and feared this summer. When the sun never sets, they have pondered how to observe Ramadan, when devout Muslims fast from sun up to sun down for a month. "Kiruna is as high up as you get in Sweden, the sun never sets during this month," Ali Melhem, 45, who has lived in Kiruna for 24 years told The Local. As the fasting month is set by the moon, Ramadan usually moves about 10 days forward in the calender each year, which means this is the first summer it...
  • Prioritizing Tech Literacy Makes Sweden an Ideal State

    05/28/2013 3:39:36 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 05-22-2013 | Ben Rooney
    "For a country of 9.5 million people, Sweden attracts more than its fair share of venture money. According to data from the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, Swedish hi-tech firms attracted €108 million ($139 million) in venture investment in 2012, behind France (€140 million), Germany (€176 million)(..). What is the secret behind Sweden's entrepreneurial success? (..) Isn't Sweden also the great liberal heartland of Europe: a high-tax nation with a smothering welfare state, the antithesis of entrepreneurialism?
  • Why I prefer Swedish women

    05/10/2013 8:53:36 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 87 replies
    05-10-2013 | WesternCulture
    Almost every country leads the World in some single field. Tiny Sweden does not have the best cuisine on the planet, neither do we Swedes enjoy the highest salaries on Earth and Sweden could not, rightfully, claim to house the World's most beautiful landscapes. Italians eat better (forget about France, Italy has a way better climate for nearly every kind of food production and Italians are even more concerned when it comes to "mangiare bene"; eating well). Danes are paid higher wages than any other people including the Norwegians and the Swiss (but having traveled around some in Denmark, I...
  • The End Of Marriage in Scandinavia [2004]

    04/01/2013 7:02:39 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 7 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2/2/2004 | Stanley Kurtz
    MARRIAGE IS SLOWLY DYING IN SCANDINAVIA. A majority of children in Sweden and Norway are born out of wedlock. Sixty percent of first-born children in Denmark have unmarried parents. Not coincidentally, these countries have had something close to full gay marriage for a decade or more. Same-sex marriage has locked in and reinforced an existing Scandinavian trend toward the separation of marriage and parenthood. The Nordic family pattern--including gay marriage--is spreading across Europe. And by looking closely at it we can answer the key empirical question underlying the gay marriage debate. Will same-sex marriage undermine the institution of marriage? It...
  • If Only We Were Swedenizing: Scandinavia Reforms While America Stagnates

    02/11/2013 8:22:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/12/2013 | James Pethokoukis
    In President Barack ObamaÂ’s Election Night and inaugural speeches, he made it clear there would be no centrist pivot in his second term. Forward, 51 percent of my fellow Americans, to a more egalitarian, tolerant, and communal future! The presidentÂ’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday will likely flesh out that vision as it applies to the federal budget, income inequality, and the environment. The era of Big and Getting Bigger Government is here to stay, heÂ’ll surely admit. Higher taxes on the rich and business will be presented as a small price to pay for an expanded safety...
  • Danes get a taste of American soldiering

    02/05/2013 3:40:36 PM PST · by SandRat · 25 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — “You are definitely not members of the National Danish Shooting Team.” That’s what one of the EST 2000 range instructors said Monday afternoon, as members of the National Danish Performance Team were given a quick lesson on how to fire Army weapons. And there was no disagreement from the Danes, who had a good laugh at the comment. There were more misses — showing up as green dots — than hits, which were indicated by red spots. But it didn’t take long for some of the Danes to catch on to the intricacies of shooting. One even...
  • Minister: immigrant 'volumes' too high (Sweden)

    02/05/2013 11:31:20 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 8 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 02-02-2013 | AFP/The Local
    Sweden's immigration minister has told a newspaper that Sweden needs to tighten rules for asylum seekers and other would-be immigrants to reduce the number of people coming into the country. "Today Sweden is one of the countries that receives the most immigrants in the EU. That's not sustainable," Tobias Billström told the Saturday edition of the Dagens Nyheter newspaper. The minister's Moderate Party, a conservative group and the largest member of Sweden's centre-right coalition government, has tasked Billström with looking at ways to lower the "volumes" of immigrants entering the Scandinavian country, he said. The party wants the country's immigration...
  • Northern lights - "If you had to be reborn anywhere in the world, you would want to be a Viking"

    02/04/2013 12:44:50 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 28 replies
    The Economist ^ | 02-02-2013 | Adrian Wooldridge
    THIRTY YEARS AGO Margaret Thatcher turned Britain into the world’s leading centre of “thinking the unthinkable”. Today that distinction has passed to Sweden. The streets of Stockholm are awash with the blood of sacred cows. The think-tanks are brimful of new ideas. The erstwhile champion of the “third way” is now pursuing a far more interesting brand of politics. Sweden has reduced public spending as a proportion of GDP from 67% in 1993 to 49% today. It could soon have a smaller state than Britain. It has also cut the top marginal tax rate by 27 percentage points since 1983,...
  • 'Limit Muslims' Birth Rate': Sweden Democrat

    01/05/2013 3:25:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    The Local ^ | 3 Jan 13
    Published: 12:08 CET | Print version | Double click on a word to get a translation An outspoken local Sweden Democrat politician who previously argued “negro” is not a racist term, has generated headlines again by calling for a law to cap the fertility rate of Muslims around the world. 'You won't get rid of me': Almqvist (31 Dec 12) What can other far-right parties tell us about the Sweden Democrats? (27 Nov 12) Sweden Democrats send members anti-Islam mag (22 Nov 12) Annika Rydh, municipal party secretary in Älmhult, southern Sweden, blogs about her work and often links to...
  • Linguist Makes Sensational Claim: English Is a Scandinavian Language

    11/29/2012 2:59:29 PM PST · by Renfield · 97 replies
    Apollon Magazine (via Science Daily) ^ | 11-27-2012 | Trine Nickelsen
    "Have you considered how easy it is for us Norwegians to learn English?" asks Jan Terje Faarlund, professor of linguistics at the University of Oslo. "Obviously there are many English words that resemble ours. But there is something more: its fundamental structure is strikingly similar to Norwegian. We avoid many of the usual mistakes because the grammar is more or less the same. Faarlund and his colleague Joseph Emmonds, visiting professor from Palacký University in the Czech Republic, now believe they can prove that English is in reality a Scandinavian language, in other words it belongs to the Northern Germanic...
  • What Vikings really looked like

    08/05/2012 6:28:12 AM PDT · by Renfield · 45 replies
    ScienceNordic ^ | 7-29-2012 | Irene Berg Sřrensen
    There’s no shortage of myths about the appearance of our notorious Viking ancestors. To find out more about these myths, ScienceNordic’s Danish partner site, videnskab.dk, asked its Facebook readers to list their favourite myths about what the Vikings looked like. We have picked out five myths from the resulting debate and asked researchers to help us confirm or bust these myths. Armed with this information, our graphic designer then took a shot at drawing some examples of our infamous forefathers, which you can see in our picture gallery...
  • Should the Free World develop in the Mexican or the Scandinavian direction?

    04/13/2012 7:00:07 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 29 replies
    04/14/2012 | WesternCulture
    The Mexican countryside is sunny, pleasant, full of stray dogs and in each corner of Russia, you'll find decaying houses containing a samovar. But today, a nation like Mexico or Russia probably wouldn't last two months in a full out military confrontation with tiny Sweden (9.5 inhabitants). But that isn't the real point here, although it is worth pointing out how pathetic nations like Mexico and Russia really are considering the fact they have an abundance of natural resources and border to two of the largest and most successful economies on Earth (USA and the EU). America is presently being...
  • China, Marx, USA or Scandinavia?

    03/24/2012 6:40:20 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 18 replies · 1+ views
    03/24/2012 | WesternCulture
    Everyone knows the US today is the single most powerful nation on Earth and corners of Europe like Switzerland, Scandinavia and Luxemburg are the richest (yes, Qatar is pretty rich too). But what part, if any, will lead the World in say 200 years from now? Marxists claim the US is heading for a fall. Perhaps it is, but don't expect North Korea or Cuba to take its place. Hundreds of times, I've been telling members of this forum what is right about Scandinavia. We dare to stand up for freedom of speech, we dare to fight Islamofascism, we dare...
  • Major Apple screw up - won't work with high end Scandinavian 4G

    03/08/2012 12:57:33 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 26 replies
    www.dn.se ^ | 03/08/2012 | dn.se
    Translation of the breaking news from one of Northern Europe's leading papers: "The new Apple surf pad is not going to work within the range and demands provided by the extremely swift Scandinavian 4G presently being launched in the Nordic Countries."
  • Scandinavian Ancestry -- Tracing Roots to Azerbaijan

    12/15/2001 2:43:28 PM PST · by spycatcher · 55 replies · 3,406+ views
    Azerbaijan International ^ | Summer 2000 | Thor Heyerdahl
        Summer 2000 (8.2) Scandinavian Ancestry Tracing Roots to Azerbaijan by Thor Heyerdahl Above: Thor Heyerdahl with Peruvian children who still construct traditional boats made of reeds, the principle material that enabled early migrations on trans-oceanic voyages. Courtesy: Thor Heyerdahl. Archeologist and historian Thor Heyerdahl, 85, has visited Azerbaijan on several occasions during the past two decades. Each time, he garners more evidence to prove his tantalizing theory - that Scandinavian ancestry can be traced to the region now known as Azerbaijan. Heyerdahl first began forming this hypothesis after visiting Gobustan, an ancient cave dwelling found 30 miles ...
  • Vikings were successful at invading, alright, but did they also bring.. wisdom?

    02/08/2012 9:13:50 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 39 replies · 2+ views
    http://www.beyondweird.com/high-one.html ^ | 02/09/2012 | WesternCulture
    Our offspring and culture is the most successful feature of the History of Mankind. Ancient Rome and Greece have nothing on Scandinavia of today, nor what we did some centuries after Rome came down. No, I'm not a Racist - and I furthermore am more than a true friend of Italy and Greece. But I do not believe there's a point in denying the fact that Viking Culture has played a major role in shaping the World of today. Have a look at it. Britain, North America, Scandinavia, Germany, etc. in one way or another, all were formed by the...
  • 'It often feels like Christmas in Sweden is only about presents' (iPads for 3-year olds!?)

    12/22/2011 7:17:17 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 32 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 12/19/2011 | Rebecca Ahlfeldt
    Deep down inside we all regret the fact that we have turned Christmas, originally a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, into a feast of consumption. Americans view themselves as being the worst example of this attitude and behavior. But are they? Perhaps there are nations even worse. Below, a report from an American ex-pat living in my home country, Sweden. The article; "Rampant holiday consumerism is hard to avoid, writes US-native and parent Rebecca Ahlfeldt, as she struggles to reconcile competing Swedish and American Christmas traditions in finding gifts for her children. Our family has entirely too much...
  • Muslim Rape Wave of European Girls continues [Media cover-up on Islamic racism @ Eurabia]

    12/07/2011 11:07:07 AM PST · by Righting · 42 replies
    LibertarianRepublican ^ | Dec. 1, 2011 | E. Bondero
    Thursday, December 1, 2011 Muslim Rape Wave of European Girls continues across Scandanavia Euro-media covering up Islamic violence against Natives From Eric Dondero: On November 30, the Copenhagen Post reported on a rape of a 10-year old Danish girl by a Muslim immigrant from Somalia...
  • 11/29/2011: Good news from Germany and Sweden

    11/29/2011 11:49:29 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 19 replies
    11/29/2011 | WesternCulture
    To begin with, congrats to the US on nice Black Friday shopping statistics! Maybe, the World economy is facing a brighter future despite Obama and the horrid mess of Southern Europe. Over here, in the midst of the Euro crises, it seems Northern Europe is doing pretty well. Especially Germany and my Sweden that is, if we are to believe the most recent statistics, delivered today on the 29th of November. BGA, the Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services, seated in the German capital of Berlin, today announced that it estimates German exports to grow by 12% in...
  • What company gave us the 21st century?

    11/16/2011 1:59:07 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 28 replies
    11/16/2011 | WesternCulture
    Walter Isaacsson has, recently, completed a great work on Steve Jobs. My relatives will probably force me to read it (even though Isaacson was the former head of CNN, they're Conservatives and I'm a 42 year old with a will of my own) but prefer his magnificent study of Einstein as far books go. Anyhow, what do people actually understand about how and in what ways the IT sector of the economy has transformed all of our lives? Being Swedish, I wish to draw attention to what a marvelous revolution a certain poor peasant boy from the region of Värmland...
  • Why is Scandinavia so expensive?

    11/11/2011 6:09:39 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 30 replies · 1+ views
    11/12/2011 | WesternCulture
    Why are cities like Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm so expensive? Simple answer: - Why are you so poor? To a 20 year old office secretary who works there, Stockholm is not expensive. She can easily afford a 79 SEK sushi lunch and then do some shopping before it's back to work again. She owns a chic French car and a €200 000 apartment and her dad probably owns two homes and a nice leisure boat as well as a summer house in the magnificent archipelago of that Nordic city. There is nothing wrong with Scandinavian price levels.
  • Anti-Semitic crimes on the rise in Malmö

    11/11/2011 1:02:11 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 9 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 11/11/11 | TT/The Local/js
    Scandinavia is widely known for tolerance. Sweden's Freedom of the Press Act, passed in 1766, is the oldest in the World. Likewise, people dwelling in Sweden have enjoyed freedom of religion for centuries (however, native Swedish Lutheran citizens were not allowed to convert until 150 years ago). But what to do when certain religious miniorities don't respect the right of other religious groups to practise their religion? I am Swedish and don't hesitate to admit my Sweden has failed in this regard. Malmö is not completely overrun by Muslims like some people outside of Sweden, apparently, believe. But it's time...
  • How to ruin the economy in seven easy steps

    10/28/2011 6:28:23 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 11 replies
    10/29/2011 | WesternCulture
    Perhaps being somewhat of an overly patriotic Swede, I admit to having had written some rather cocky stuff here on one of the most patriotic American sites on the Internet. But I somehow imagine you lot will survive my harsh accusations of driving around in Fred Flintstone vehicles and your tap water tasting like ***t. Let's forget about these "incidents", simply because I won't apologize and only Liberal Americans care about what we Europeans have to say about your great nation. Instead, I'd like to draw attention to a matter deserving much more of global interest when it comes to...
  • Sweden’s Immigration Debate

    10/28/2011 1:43:16 PM PDT · by DFG · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/28/11 | Amy Kellogg
    Ilmar Reepalu is the Mayor of Malmo, Sweden’s third largest city. He is a man on the move, trying to promote and develop Malmo’s position as a leader in green technology around the world. He can squeeze us in for an interview at 8:30 on a Sunday evening. Uncomplaining, he rides up to Malmo’s City Hall on his bicycle in the dark and rain to talk to us. We are in Malmo, not to discuss sustainability and fair trade in the city, but rather its massive immigration, which some call a problem, others consider a gift.
  • Norway? No way!

    10/12/2011 5:37:17 PM PDT · by kathsua · 51 replies
    Hutchinson News ^ | 10/12/11 | KENNETH K. EBMEIER
    Ever been to Norway? We visited it this summer. Clean cities and towns, lots of hills and fjords, very green foliage, a really pretty place. Summertime temperatures were just perfect (winters hit 35 below). As "nanny states" go, Norway is just about the top of the heap. Supposedly, Norwegians are some of the happiest people on earth. They seem to just send most if not all their money to the government and they are taken care of pretty much cradle to grave. We did notice some things about Norway, though, that don't immediately meet the eye; that's because they aren't...
  • Does Europe really support America?

    10/04/2011 7:52:15 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 21 replies
    10/04/2011 | WesternCulture
    Here's a reply to that question coming from "tiny" Sweden (please see youtube link below). Yes, it's true some of our unaware teenagers daily are slandering America on You Tube. Hopefully, you'll survive it. The average, decent, well educated European may eat snails, yet is an reliable ally of the US. America is not alone.
  • Scandinavia, the Crown of Civilization ("the most successful society the World has ever known")

    09/11/2011 4:06:55 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 58 replies
    09/12/2011 | WesternCulture
    According to American Liberals, publications like the Economist, the Guardian et al and various studies, Scandinavia is the most successful society on Earth. Despite Breivik and Malmö. Whether it actually is true or not, let's say the average Scandinavian enjoys a higher standard of living than the average German, Dutch, Briton or American. What could be learned from it? Should other countries try and copy our concept of society? Does the Scandinavian model of taxation explain Scandinavian prosperity? Hardly. The way in which Scandinavian wealth is taxed and redistributed says absolutely nothing about how it was created in the first...
  • PC? Why Tim Wilson Should Question Gay Marriage Newspeak

    08/14/2011 6:17:30 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 6 replies
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | 15 August, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    There are many problems with parroting socialist-first studies, as Wilson does, especially from Scandinavia, where Orwellian speech codes prevent free-thinking academics from reaching the “wrong” conclusions. But I digress. You see, scientific truths always find ways of getting out, eventually, so one can detect a pattern. Take gay marriage and marriage-like unions and think about where children are more at risk. From The Ruth Institute: What types of unions have the highest rates of divorce? •Opposite sex married couples: men and women are so different, it is a wonder they ever stay married. •Male unions: men are naturally less committed,...
  • Do like the Germans do, try and become Vikings!

    07/30/2011 4:30:49 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 41 replies
    07/31/2011 | WesternCulture
    To anyone sane of mind, it's pretty obvious that something, basically, is wrong about the way large parts of European and American economy is run today. Scandinavia is an exception - and a bigger one than most people are aware of. Our German neighbors are beginning to realize this and lately Chancellor Merkel have been very successful in restoring economic growth on German soil. Presently, the German economy, after 20 years of a sad standstill, is growing at a pace nearing that of Sweden. Scandinavia (including Finland) taken as a whole is today the World's 10th largest economy despite it's...
  • More and more Swedish women are having 3 kids

    06/22/2011 5:10:13 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 38 replies
    http://svt.se/ ^ | 06/22/2011 | svt.se
    (Translation from Swedish into English:) Stockholm: More and more Swedish families have a third child. "Trebarnstrenden," - The "three children trend" which has become increasingly manifest since the 1990s, was unexpected by demographers at Statistics Sweden (SCB), which lies behind the study. - We had expected a reduction of third child births given that women become older when they have their first child, about 29 years, and therefore would have a hard time getting a third child, says Lotta Persson, demographer at Statistics Sweden who carried out the study. Even in the early 1990s there were many who got a...
  • Exploring Sweden's linguistic history in the United States

    06/13/2011 12:52:39 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 47 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 06/13/2011 | Karen Holst
    Almost 100 years after the great Swedish migration to North America, dialect researchers from Gothenburg are heading across the Atlantic in hopes of learning more about the evolution of the Swedish language, The Local’s Karen Holst explains. Wild myths that solve the mysterious birth of language and its dispersal often include floods, catastrophes or punishment by the gods. In Hindu stories it was a tree being humbled, in North American Indian folklore it was a great flood, in east Africa it was starvation-induced madness, in the Amazon it was stolen hummingbird eggs and in aboriginal Australia it was a goddess’...
  • Renowned US choir back in Sweden after 90 years

    06/04/2011 11:39:33 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 4 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 06/03/2011 | www.thelocal.se
    The Yale Glee Club chose Sweden to kick off a reprise the US singing group's 1928 international tour undertaken to celebrate its 150th anniversary. Contributor Lina Sennevall finds out why. The stately harmonies of the Yale Glee Club filled the halls of the Adolf Fredrik Church in Stockholm on a recent evening. The performance is one of four Swedish concerts the prestigious singing group gave as part of a European tour retracing the steps of the choir’s landmark 1928 tour which helped the group gain recognition as one of the first American singing groups to tour the Scandinavian countries and...
  • Should USA try and be more like sucessful Northern Europe?

    05/17/2011 12:53:21 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 53 replies
    05/17/2011 | WesternCulture
    - Perhaps, but Northern Europe didn't get rich by adopting policies resembling what Obama today is doing to the US.
  • Why does Russia always fail?

    05/14/2011 9:41:02 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 87 replies · 1+ views
    05/14/2011 | WesternCulture
    My ancestors have lived close to Russia since the dawn of Mankind. We have lost territory to them, counqured it back and so forth. In 1809, Sweden had to give up Finland to Russia during the Napoleonic Wars. Later on, Finland became sovereign and stood up very well to the test when challenged by Stalin in the wake of WWII. Tiny Finland in fact even ridiculed Stalin and his Soviet warriors in the legendary Winter War. Most often, Stalin is seen as a brutal yet efficient ruler, but Finland, aided by Sweden, really demonstrated to the World how weak and...
  • Alliance tax cuts top 100 billion kronor (:Sweden - The light is coming from Scandinavia!)

    04/23/2011 11:38:55 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 9 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 04/23/2011 | TT/The Local
    I was born in Sweden 41 years ago and since 1988 I work there. Compared to when I begun my career, wages are much higher, prices have not gone up much and taxes are way lower. Recently, our economy has displayed GDP growth figures of 7.3%. Do we Scandinavians set an example for other nations? I think we do. Germany has recently begun listening to what Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden have to say in the area of economic policy and national budget discipline. One fine day, France, Italy, Britain, Japan and the US perhaps will too.. The article: "The...
  • Swedish church: don't christen asylum seekers

    04/03/2011 3:15:42 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 17 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 04/03/2011 | TT/The Local/gs
    The Church of Sweden has advised pastors to avoid christening asylum seekers that have converted to Christianity due to the risk of reprisals in the case of repatriation, reported news agency TT. One of the reasons for the recommendation is because it can cause danger and increase risks if a person who has converted to Christianity is later sent back to their home country. Another reason is that the motive for the christening can be questioned by some who suggest that asylum seekers convert to Christianity to increase their chances of staying in Sweden. The issue is being addressed in...
  • Malmö braces for Scandinavia's largest shopping mall

    03/30/2011 4:54:11 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 16 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 03/30/2010 | (news@thelocal.se/08 656 6518)
    1. I'm convinced several forum members who are impressed by Sweden's Liberal policies on immigration wish to contribute in a constructive manner to this thread:) 2. Which is the biggest shopping mall on Earth? According to Forbes, no mall in the entire US enters the top ten list! (See link below) However, there are many ways to count. If you'd measure them by the number of shops, Emporia would beat number 10 on that list by around 100% even though it will have only half the size. Furthermore, the yearly combined sales of a mall like Emporia, located in an...
  • Ingvar Kamprad — king of IKEA

    03/23/2011 7:00:23 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 29 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 02/18/2011 | Jonas Fredén
    No one really knows how to measure such wealth as billionaires as the likes of Kamprad and Gates dispose of. Kamprad's ranked as number 11 by Forbes on their 2011 listing of the World's wealthiest persons, but after recent news of his hidden possessions in the tax haven of Lichtenstein, some experts rank Ingvar Kamprad as number one. In any case, I, being Swedish myself find it interesting that two of the 15 richest men on Earth are Swedish (although I'm not one of them myself) and that small Scandinavia has more of companies listed on the Forbes Global 2000...
  • Introducing Viking work ethics on American soil.

    03/19/2011 1:23:35 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 19 replies
    03/19/2011 | WesternCulture
    There is actually nothing to be afraid of here in life. But most people act like disorganized creatures running around recently having their necks cut off. Prior to Gustavus Adolphus, monarch of tiny Sweden, decided to break the backbone of Catholicism in the 17th century, he told his troops; "Fear not, O little flock, the foe Who madly seeks your overthrow; Dread not his rage and power; What though your courage sometimes faints, His seeming triumph o’er God’s saints Lasts but a little hour. Be of good cheer; your cause belongs To Him who can avenge your wrongs; Leave it...
  • God chooses the victor (Newly Christianized Vikings encountering each other in battle)

    03/10/2011 5:40:36 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 18 replies
    03/10/2011 | WesternCulture
    Around a.d. 1000, Scandinavia was Christianized. This clip could be said to feature how the Christian nation of Sweden was secured. Most historians would say Denmark is an even older Christian nation. The flag of Denmark is commonly considered to be the oldest existing flag on Earth.