Monday, February 2, 2009

Real Swedes

Okay, that superbowl ad by Conan O'Brien about Swedes is over the top. Speaking as a proud Swedish-American, my feelings have definitely been hurt! (Not really, I'm not that sensitive.)

I'm not sure why Swedes are such an object for ridicule and abuse, other than American xenophobia and jealousy. The fact is Swedish women are beautiful (in a recent survey, Stockholm was rated the number one world city for beautiful women), Swedish manufactured products are high-quality (think Volvo and Ikea), their country is clean, they have little poverty or crime, they are highly educated, most of them speak English better than Americans (having taken a required nine years of English in school), and they are recognized around the world as being leaders for world peace. Does anyone ever refuse the Swedish Nobel Prizes? I don't think so.

So, take that.

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