This week we’ve been passing time by translating Scandinavian words literally. Why? Well, why not.
Jordgubb is Swedish for Strawberry. Translating it literally, it means Earth Geezer.
Snabel-A means the @ in both Danish and Swedish. Literally, its [Elephant] Trunk-A. In Norwegian, the same is A-Doodle (alfakrøll). Or how about Green Things? Grönsaker, which is vegetables.
Got any good ones? Let us know and win free coffees or maybe even lunch. Or who knows? Maybe a punnet of fresh Earth Geezers. Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
A lesson in things called Kalle
In Sweden, if your name is Karl, then you have the nick name Kalle. The Swedish King Karl Gustav is a Kalle. King Kalle sounds less pompous, doesn’t it? Kalle Marx might have worked better too.
In Sweden, Kalles Kaviar is a staple on the breakfast table. 99% of Swedes eat Kalles (probably). It is creamed coe roe that comes in a tube – and you squeeze a dollop or two on to your open sandwich in the morning – or on your boiled egg.
In Norway, the equivalent is called Mills Kaviar and is equally delicious. If you have not yet tried cod roe paste as a sandwich topping, well, you should. It's very nice.
Reasons we love Scandinavia #293
Saturday nights on TV are once again dominated by a Scandinavian crime drama: The Bridge (Broen/Bron) in which a body if sound half way on the bridge to Sweden, halfway on the Danish side. Who’s responsible? Are there patterned jumpers involved? (No). Do we have a lead character with sociopath tendencies (Yes). Is there a lack of light bulbs in Copenhagen still? (Yes). Well worth a watch – The Bridge ensures the Scandi Crime obsession lasts a while yet. BBC4 Saturday nights at 9 pm.
Read more here
Three Norwegian things (25 days to go till Norwegian National Day)
Feeling inspired by the amazing achievements of people in today’s London marathon? How about heading to Norway to take part in the Midnight Marathon in June – it’s light all night Click here
Some clever Norwegians remade the trailer for the titanic movie and it became a worldwide hit
Norwegian authorities refuse to believe Swedish, bearded father of two is actually a man and demands proof
Have a wonderful week and we hope to see you soon.
Bye for now
The Kitchen People
Still a bit bored?
Click here to read about how easy it is to bribe Swedish police with salads
Feeling passive-agressive? This is your stop
IKEA could learn a thing or two here