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Boston Blatte

Raised in Boston, remade in Sweden

Bostonians: Swedes of the United States?

Boston is renamed “Meantown” by a pithy blogger referring to the results of a 2010 survey (can’t locate the actual survey).

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Reading through the comments I had to chuckle. In the whiny comments we could easily replace Boston and Bostonians with Sweden and Swedes.

e.g. Upon moving to the Boston area Sweden I found many people inhospitable. Now, three years later, I remain surprised at how many strangers ignore you altogether when a simple “hello,” or “excuse me,” or “thank you” is appropriate. Boston Sweden has a lot of wonderful things going for it, but courtesy is not one of them. Sorry.

The original internet survey split human traits into two, one of which was termed “strengths of the heart”. It included include gratitude, compassion, teamwork, hope, modesty, religiousness. I wonder why “religiousness” is considered a “strength” implying a lack of religiousness is a weakness? Modesty is also funny since Americans by nature rarely weigh in modesty as a strong American characteristic.

So I’m none too perturbed that Boston scored low. And I am warmed to know that my Bostoness (Bostonianism?) can be a reason I feel rather comfortable in Sweden. Both places are filled with kind-hearted, open-minded, no-nonsense folk. We’re just misunderstood.

And screw the rest of you if you don’t agree ;-)

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6 responses to “Bostonians: Swedes of the United States?”

  1. Harry says:

    So the low life dog now deletes her only responses. Hahahahaha

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  2. Boston Blatte says:

    @Harry. Just yours sweetness. And I will continue to do so. Just thought I’d let you know. Puss och kram
    BB

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  3. Greggory says:

    I think you confuse Swedes with Stockholmers. It’s like saying Americans when you are talking about Bostonians. Even in Sweden, Stockholmers are concidered rude and mean.

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  4. Alyssa says:

    I’ve lived in Boston for 9 years and I’ve often noticed the parallels between Bostonians and Stockholmers. I was an exchange student in Sweden twice 13 and 10 years ago. I think having lived in Boston will serve my husband well when we move over there next year too!

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  5. Hmm… Driving in Beantown is more harrowing than anywhere is our fair land, but Stockholm metro can make up for that on a bad night. Never had any problems on the Green Line.

    Some fair similarities though, re: higher education, value given to self-improvement, and historical puritanical protestantism. Basically progressive politics mixed with some hard edges.

    Homesick B.?

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  6. Boston Blatte says:

    @seamonsterG, sitting at Logan right now waiting on my flight to Stockholm at Terminal E after two weeks;-). S’all good. Nice hearing from you. BB

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