Hello Sweden, you’re on fire

(Geek talk resumes on Monday.)

The longstanding tradition of Norwegians telling Swedish jokes and vice versa, was recently refueled by a border story. A Norwegian man called Sweden on his mobile phone to tell them they had a forest fire. Not only did the firefighters not know about the blaze, they didn't recognize the name of the place on fire.

Mitt bidrag att försämra diplomatiska förbindelser mellan Sverige och dess grannländer...

Comments (8)
  1. Wow, your Swedish has definately improved a lot!
    It’s almost perfect, I don’t want to nitpick, but how else are you going to learn…:P In Swedish in this case, the word ‘to’ would be translated into the two words ‘för att’, since the meaning is ‘to cause something’. If there’s no cause, like in ‘I hate to run’ then there would only be ‘att’ (‘Jag hatar att springa’).

  2. Raymond Chen says:

    Thanks for the tip and kind words. (I saved myself at the last second from erroneously using "sina" instead of "dess", but I didn’t know about "för att". Thanks.)

  3. JYoung says:

    Is there a reason why you only publish one line, the title, in your RSS feed?

  4. Mike Dunn says:

    Here’s another interesting story from that site:

    Drunken moose alert in southern Norway

    "Martin Kolberg, head of the local animal committee in Telemark, warns people to beware of drunken moose."

  5. When I was a kid we actually had a drunken moose in our garden. They usually get drunk in late summer when they eat apples from the trees and the apples ferment in their bellies.

  6. MilesArcher says:

    Interesting. I wonder if the deer that eat my apples get drunk. (There are very few moose in California suburbia.)

  7. Amanda says:

    This is really retarted!!!!!!!!!

    Did you know that????

    Everyone wrote about the same thing. It’s also very stupid.

    I want you to know that you should never do this again!!!!!!


    P.s. Never want to hear from you again.

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