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  1. First of all, don't lump all European countries...

    First of all, don't lump all European countries together! I can't speak on behalf of the entire continent, but I know for sure that the Scandinavian countries are by no means like a Moroccan street...
  2. There seems to be a growing interest in the...

    There seems to be a growing interest in the Scandinavian welfare model, especially in the US, where some media however paint a very rosy picture of Scandinavia. These videos are definitely worth...
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    Poll: When I'm in Britain, people ask me if I'm...

    When I'm in Britain, people ask me if I'm American, and when I'm in the US, they ask me if I'm British :satisfied:
    So I guess my accent is somewhere in between... And I'm flattered at being mistaken...
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    I haven't seen it, unfortunately. And by the way,...

    I haven't seen it, unfortunately. And by the way, "Die Welle" means "the wave".

    Actually, a lot of brilliant movies have come out of Germany in recent years. Good Bye Lenin!, Der Untergang, Die...
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    Poll: It depends on what "speaking a language" means. ...

    It depends on what "speaking a language" means.

    I am fluent in two languages: Danish and English.

    I can read German pretty well, since it's close to Danish, but my knowledge of the grammar...
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    Poll: I think that, generally speaking, people in...

    I think that, generally speaking, people in "immigrant countries" like the US, Canada and Australia by nature talk more to strangers than Europeans do.
    But in Europe, people tend to get more...
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    Poll: 1.2 I generally don't mind talking to a stranger,...

    1.2 I generally don't mind talking to a stranger, but rarely start conversations

    I have lived in California, and I love the way Americans are able to small-talk to each other while standing in...
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    Indeed, it would be impossible to have the same...

    Indeed, it would be impossible to have the same minimum ages in all countries. Every country has different traditions, norms, legal systems etc...

    Having said that, I think that the United States...
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    Welcome to Scandinavia :rolleyes2: After all,...

    Welcome to Scandinavia :rolleyes2:

    After all, this doesn't surprise me. Sweden has for a long time been the world's number one in gender equality, but now they have reached the point where it gets...
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    I don't quite have the same feeling, but there...

    I don't quite have the same feeling, but there are certainly some cultural diffferences between Scandinavia and France.

    Scandinavians are informal, while the French are more formal. Scandinavians...
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    Here is another question: Why is it that they...

    Here is another question:

    Why is it that they don't refrigerate eggs in many countries? I have always thought that eggs should be kept in the refrigerator all the time...
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    I just found these statistics: ...

    I just found these statistics:

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article2658175.ece

    UHT milk as a percentage of total consumption:

    Austria 20.3
    Belgium 96.7
    Czech Rep 71.4 ...
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    Why don't the French drink fresh milk?

    Just a simple question...

    France is world-famous for its food culture and high standards. But every time I am in France and go to the supermarkets, I'm shocked that I so hard to find fresh milk....
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    It's worrying how little people care about the...

    It's worrying how little people care about the election. I just heard in the news that the turnout is expected to be well below 50%.

    But after all, I shouldn't be surprised. It is probably due to...
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    Three movies I enjoyed very much: The...

    Three movies I enjoyed very much:


    The Celebration (Festen)
    Denmark, 1998

    One of my favourite Danish films, and it won quite a few awards. It tells the story of a family gathering to...
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    I entirely agree with all of you. The main...

    I entirely agree with all of you.

    The main reason is the smallness of the Netherlands and the Scandinavian countries. As relatively few people understand our native languages (you Brits are lucky...
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    As far as i understand it, the idea behind "fair...

    As far as i understand it, the idea behind "fair trade" is that the farmers get a decent wage, have better working conditions, don't use child labour etc. So the poor lady who picked your bananas in...
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    European Parliament election 2009

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Parliament_election,_2009

    In three weeks (4 June - 7 June), the elections to the European Parliament will be held in all 27 EU member states. Unfortunately,...
  19. And I live in Copenhagen, which calls itself "the...

    And I live in Copenhagen, which calls itself "the world's bike capital". That is with good reason, as we have excellent bicycle infrastructure (only Amsterdam is comparable with Copenhagen).

    Just...
  20. I have lived in California for more than a year,...

    I have lived in California for more than a year, and I entirely agree with the most of the differences you mention, Maciamo, although there are some exceptions (bachelor(ette)'s night is well-known...
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    Indeed, Sweden has gone too far! I'm not a fan of...

    Indeed, Sweden has gone too far! I'm not a fan of those quota systems that many Swedish and Norwegian politicians apparently like...

    It doesn't make sense to me. If 40% of directors in companies...
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    So how do you explain the fact that the fertility...

    So how do you explain the fact that the fertility rate is LOWER in Southern Europe than in the Nordic countries?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_and_territories_by_fertility_rate
    ...
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    How interesting! Here in Denmark, there is an...

    How interesting!

    Here in Denmark, there is an old well-known (but unconfirmed) story, which tells that the Vikings carried off all the beautiful women they could find in Ireland. And that is why...
  24. Do like the Danes, regarding what? By the...

    Do like the Danes, regarding what?


    By the way, here is another horror story from Sweden:

    brusselsjournal.com/node/938
  25. Yes, indeed, Norway has surpassed us, in terms of...

    Yes, indeed, Norway has surpassed us, in terms of GDP. And of course, it is their HUGE oil wealth that makes the whole difference. The only other country in Europe that is self-sufficient in oil is...
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