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  • The world's first parliament (Iceland in 930 and Isle or Man in 979)

    2 50.00%
  • The Celsius thermometer scale and pH scale

    1 25.00%
  • Weapons (machine-gun, revolver, dynamite...)

    0 0%
  • Nobel Prizes

    3 75.00%
  • Children books (Hans Christian Andersen, Astrid Lindgren, Selma Lagerlöf...)

    0 0%
  • Lego blocks

    1 25.00%
  • Music (Grieg, ABBA, Cardigans, A-Ha, the Hives, Mando Diao, In Flames, Refused, Röyksopp...)

    1 25.00%
  • Furniture (IKEA...)

    1 25.00%
  • Democratic welfare state systems

    2 50.00%
  • Skype

    1 25.00%
  • Various small inventions (paper clip, cheese slicer, safety matches, spray can...)

    0 0%
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    Question Greatest Scandinavian contribution(s) to the world



    I figured it might be more interesting to group all four Scandinavian countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland) together for this topic since they shared the same Norse origin until the Middle Ages and they have subsequently split up, united again, of partly united for most of their history until the final independence of Noway in 1905 and Iceland in 1944.

    As usual I will wait for your suggestions before opening up the poll.

    Here are a few ideas :

    - World's first parliament (Iceland in 930 and Isle or Man in 979)
    - Celsius thermometer scale and pH scale
    - Lego blocks
    - IKEA
    - Nobel Prizes
    - weapons (machine-gun, revolver, dynamite...)
    - Skype
    - various small inventions (paper clip, cheese slicer, safety matches, spray can...)

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    -furniture in general (not only IKEA)
    -food (roasted onions, kotbullar, smoked salmon)
    -music, from romantic (Grieg) over pop (ABBA, Cardigans, A-Ha etc...) to rock (the Hives, Mando Diao etc..) , metal and goth (In Flames, Refused, Theatre of Tragedy etc...)
    -democratic welfare state systems (providing role models for other social democratic parties in the world)
    -children's books (Astrid Lindgren, Selma Lagerlöf etc...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mzungu mchagga View Post
    -furniture in general (not only IKEA)
    -food (roasted onions, kotbullar, smoked salmon)
    -music, from romantic (Grieg) over pop (ABBA, Cardigans, A-Ha etc...) to rock (the Hives, Mando Diao etc..) , metal and goth (In Flames, Refused, Theatre of Tragedy etc...)
    -democratic welfare state systems (providing role models for other social democratic parties in the world)
    -children's books (Astrid Lindgren, Selma Lagerlöf etc...)
    Good suggestions, except for the food for two reasons :

    - roasted onions and smoked salmon aren't specifically Scandinavian
    - Scandinavian food isn't so famous and indeed it's quite hard to find Scandinavian restaurants (except at IKEA) in most countries, even in Europe. For example, there are nearly 2000 restaurants in Brussels (among which only one third are Belgian or French cuisine), and there are only two Scandinavian restaurants, including a tavern/pub that serves more drink than food. My point is that many world cuisines can be listed as great contribution to the world, but Scandinavian cuisine doesn't rank high in that list.

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    Electronic music (Röyksopp, slagsmålsklubben)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maciamo View Post
    Good suggestions, except for the food for two reasons :

    - roasted onions and smoked salmon aren't specifically Scandinavian
    - Scandinavian food isn't so famous and indeed it's quite hard to find Scandinavian restaurants (except at IKEA) in most countries, even in Europe. For example, there are nearly 2000 restaurants in Brussels (among which only one third are Belgian or French cuisine), and there are only two Scandinavian restaurants, including a tavern/pub that serves more drink than food. My point is that many world cuisines can be listed as great contribution to the world, but Scandinavian cuisine doesn't rank high in that list.
    I wasn't really sure about food either, actually I was thinking about Kottbullar and roasted onions in first place, because that is what everyone associates in Germany with Scandinavian food. Roasted onions are often imported from Denmark or at least advertised as such. Strangely, hot dog street vendors (with hot dogs topped with roasted onions) here are often marketed as Scandinavian, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spongetaro View Post
    Electronic music (Röyksopp, slagsmålsklubben)
    I was thinking about Röyksopp, too! But generally speaking, Scandinavians were neither pioneers in electronic music, nor is their market share one of the greatest. France and UK are way more important in that respect!

    This is a nice piece, though:


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    Why you group the nordic countries together as one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mzungu mchagga View Post
    France and UK are way more important in that respect!
    The undisputed pioneers of electronic music are Kraftwerk from Germany. They started in 1970.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mzungu mchagga View Post
    I was thinking about Röyksopp, too! But generally speaking, Scandinavians were neither pioneers in electronic music, nor is their market share one of the greatest. France and UK are way more important in that respect!

    This is a nice piece, though:

    Generally speaking, Electronic music is the only current musical genre where Europeans are leaders.
    Though, French electro is turning too comercial (david guetta, ...) to me.
    I agree with you, Röyksopp is great. I recently discovered slagsmålsklubben (Sweden) who are pretty awesome too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ElHorsto View Post
    The undisputed pioneers of electronic music are Kraftwerk from Germany. They started in 1970.
    Germans have definately been pioneers in electronic music. And today, all clubs in Berlin with a certain reputation play electronic music only. However, I don't know how big it's impact on other countries is today.

    @spongetaro
    I haven't heard about Slagsmalsklubben before, but it sounds very interesting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mzungu mchagga View Post
    However, I don't know how big it's impact on other countries is today.
    Slagsmalsklubben sounds much like Kraftwerk to me, just better. Take Depeche Mode, the oldest and most famous synth-band from UK, itself claimed to be mostly influenced by Kraftwerk during their first years. I think even modern Techno is considered to have its roots in Kraftwerk.
    There are so many talented and innovative contemporary musicians in sweden, but they are rather late.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElHorsto View Post
    The undisputed pioneers of electronic music are Kraftwerk from Germany. They started in 1970.
    Pierre Henry's Psyche Rock is older (1967), though its influence on current elctronic music is indirect.

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    The Classical musical contribution is definately under-rated. Aside from the more well-known Sibelius, Grieg, and Nielsen there are other wonderful composers such as Svendsen, Halvorsen, Stenhammar, Alfven and Gade.

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