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Swedish theme park sets Guinness World Record

Swedish theme park sets Guinness World Record

Published: 18 Jul 2012 09:02 GMT+02:00
Updated: 18 Jul 2012 09:51 GMT+02:00

A multicultural crowd in Gothenburg has set a new Guinness World Record after people from 72 different nationalities took a spin together on a Ferris wheel.

The successful attempt to have “The most nationalities on a theme park ride” took place on Monday afternoon on the 60-metre high Ferris wheel at the Liseberg theme park in connection with the Gothia Cup youth football tournament.

“By bringing different nationalities together on one ride we want to show our borderless world and our common responsibility for its future, regardless of nationality, religion, sex or color,” said Dennis Andersson, General Secretary of Gothia Cup, in a statement.

The 72 record holders included Gothenburg residents, as well as players from teams which participated in the Meet the World and Gothia Cup football tournaments including Hamish St George, 15, and Dylan Andrews, 15, from Perth, Western Australia.

The boys were representing their own local team Subiaco SC in the Gothenburg tournament.

“We were excited just to be playing football when we came here, but this is an added bonus,” said Andrews to the TT news agency.

The record, which shattered the previous record of 50 nationalities on a ride, was witnessed by Guinness World Records representative, Annabel Lawday, who congratulated the new world record holders.

The record attempt was arranged in conjunction with the 38th annual Gothia Cup football tournament and organized by ball bearing manufacturer SKF and Liseberg theme park.

Since it's start in 1975, the Gothia Cup has grown to become the world's largest youth football tournament, with this year's tournament bringing more than 1,600 teams and 35,000 players from around the world to Gothenburg.

Starting in 2006, Swedish ball-bearings maker SKF arranged Meet the World tournaments in 15 to 20 countries in an effort to bring youth who would otherwise not have the opportunity to play in Gothia Cup in Sweden.

The winning team from each local Meet the World tournament receives an all-expenses-paid trip to play in the Gothia Cup.

In 2012, SKF is sponsoring 25 teams from 24 countries, including one Special Olympics team.

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09:43 July 18, 2012 by Chloe Monroe
Here's a red rag to the neo-Nazi The Local demographic which seem to be the most prolific commenters here. C'mon, get it over and done with....
14:11 July 18, 2012 by Paul_225
To be fair, whenever the world "multicultural" is used I feel a little ill, sorry, I must be a Nazi... :(
14:22 July 18, 2012 by Mxzf
Darn these immigrants and that newfangled foreign Ferris Wheel technology. Why can't we stick to proper Swedish ways of amusing ourselves, huh? Not good enough? (There you go.)
15:26 July 18, 2012 by k2kats
Bravo to everyone involved with this event!
16:53 July 18, 2012 by RobinHood
Chloe, this must all be a bit disappointing.

Can't one single neo Nazi post something neo Naziish to make her happy?
20:46 July 18, 2012 by haladeen
Hmm... I dunno, maybe this is enough neo-naziish news to satisfy Chloe:

http://www.gp.se/nyheter/goteborg/1.1007084-forstandshandikappade-bestals-pa-medicin-pa-gothia
22:44 July 18, 2012 by Rod Munch
Wow! This event completely changed my view on ME/NA immigration. I mean, forget the over-representation in every type of violent crime imaginable, forget the suicide bomber, forget bombing police stations, forget throwing rocks at firefighters/police, forget the harassment of 13 yr old girls, forget the weekly "honor" killings, forget all that.... They were able to put 72 of them up on a ferris wheel and make it spin. Unreal. I've completely changed my opinion on the whole thing.
04:31 July 19, 2012 by Grokh
@Rod Munch funny all the stuff you mentioned are usually connected to arabic immigrants and mostly ones from the middle of nowhere.

you realize there are immigrants from other parts of the world in sweden that do understand western culture and have been living in the 21 century like everyone else.

because when you say "72 of them" and "suicide bombings" "throwing rocks at firefighters" "harassment of 13 year olds" you seem to be talking about one type of immigrants.

and if there is one big misconception in sweden is that all immigrants are the same and it pisses me off.
07:26 July 20, 2012 by haladeen
...and here comes a new record:

http://www.expressen.se/gt/nora-12-antastad-pa-gothia-cups-disko/
21:21 July 21, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
Whenever I hear the word "multi-cultural" my blood pressure rises.
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