Friday, October 9th, 2009

Letters to the Editor: Oslo Has A Strange Happy/Sad

From the inbox. To the Editors: I'm in Oslo (on one of the three days in the year anybody in the world pays attention to Norway-the other days are the day the prize is actually handed out and the day the entertainers at the Nobel Prize Concert are announced) and I can tell you the people who work in the relevant sections of the Foreign Ministry are extremely glad that their Nobel Committee did not award the Nobel Peace Prize to a Chinese dissident. There would have been diplomatic protests from testy Chinese, lots of troublesome questions, much work for diplomats! (Do not want!)

However, Norwegians are just as embarrassed as The Awl is that their Nobel Committee gave the prize to Obama basically for not being George Bush. Not that not being George Bush is not considered prizeworthy here, but it has occurred to people that candidates from other countries than the US could have been considered, that nobody knows exactly what our Barry is going to do in Iraq & Afghanistan-potential embarrassments there!

Anyway, for what it's worth, Norway not Sweden. The newspapers here have fun printing a little list every year of all the foreign media outlets who made this mistake, so you may be one of the chosen!

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johnpseudonym (#1,452)

Whatever. I am Swedish and Norwegian so I can admit that Norwegians have a stick up their ass about being in Sweden's shadow for the past couple hundred years. It's a Scandinavian thing, you can't understand.

The Svennes at the Swedish Academy and Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences who vote on who gets what just laugh at the Norbagge while soaking their food in lye.

HiredGoons (#603)

It's all right, at least you're not Finnish.

the teeth (#380)

Dude, Finns aren't Scandinavian. (I mean, yes, of course Finns are Scandinavian, but there's an argument for claiming that they aren't, (mostly having to do w/ their language being craaaaazy) and some people take it seriously. Weird people, in the north.)

johnpseudonym (#1,452)

Q: What's the closest thing to a fish's asshole?

A: A Finn!

cschack (#1,401)

Wait, there are two more days people pay attention to us?

Ronit (#1,557)

Really? Norway? I had no idea.

I was just thinking – what the Danes took away, the Swedes give back.

Norway? Huh.

Today, we are all not George Bush.

Anyone else been on the log pflume in Norway at EPCOT center? It blasts "Norway… Adventure!!!" right before you go over the edge.

cherrispryte (#444)

Maelstrom! There is also a three-headed gnome who yells at you.

Why yes, I am a closeted Disney freak!

ProfessorBen (#1,254)

This comment was awesome! Thanks for the giggle.

GiovanniGF (#224)

Like everyone here, I think the Nobel was a little premature, but I'm DYING to see what the right wing makes of it: they can't very well huff about how Obama doesn't deserve it until he gets us out of Afghanistan and Iraq, can they?

Tulletilsynet (#333)

It would be cute if they did!

Matt (#26)


HonoriaGlossop (#1,247)

I admit to being in love with Norway. The Nobel Peace Center in Oslo is pretty cool, too – although I certainly didn't see this coming…

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