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'Norwegians bad at queuing': Swedish poll

AFP/The Local · 3 Aug 2012, 07:05

Published: 03 Aug 2012 07:05 GMT+02:00

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Of the more than 3,800 people who responded to the question "Are Norwegians bad at queuing?" on the Expressen web site, 59 percent said "yes, very", while only eight percent answered "no, they excel at it."

The poll comes after a sociological study from Karlstad university on Swedish border residents found Swedes to be increasingly annoyed with their wealthier neighbours.

"It's surprising how many negative things" Swedes have to say about Norwegians, the author of the study, Eva Olsson, told the Swedish news agency TT.

Swedes were once accustomed to saving pennies by buying their butter and cream across the border, but the tables have since turned, with Norway growing richer thanks to its oil and gas exports.

Swedes now feel flooded by Norwegians, Olsson said in an interview on Swedish public radio. She said she worried the antagonism in border areas would degenerate into a social crisis.

Poor queue etiquette aside, the Swedes also have other bones to pick with their neighbours.

They claim Norwegians "don't know how to drive at roundabouts, they park in

disabled areas... are immoral and buy lots of tobacco and alcohol," according to accounts from the study, quoted by Expressen.

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In 2011, Norwegians spent 11.5 billion Norwegian kroner (1.6 billion euros, $1.9 billion) in Sweden in 2011, according to Swedish official data.

"We'd be poor were it not for the Norwegians," TT said.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:30 August 3, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
Umm, yeah: Swedes are soooo good at queing for the busses and tunnelbanna, huh?
11:44 August 3, 2012 by matona1
Please what happen to the comments section of this article (EDL in Stockholm for 'counter-jihad' meet)

Is this some kind of support for the EDL or what?why do you even write about it at all when you know you are going to deny people the of comments?
11:48 August 3, 2012 by heu
@Spuds MacKenzie: exactly my thoughts! Swedes can't queue either, they require a nummerlapp.
15:15 August 3, 2012 by jbkulp
Hmmm. Now Swedes know what the Norwegians felt like when they were flooding across their borders.
22:11 August 3, 2012 by bjorkon
#4 what do you mean they can't queue either. Swedes LOVE to queue. Every shop, school waiting list, chemist, systembolaget, boat parking place .. you name it, there is a huge queue. There is no respect to the precious resource of people's time. The fact people in Sweden (or Norway for that matter) put up with long queues for everything says just how dysfunctional life is here.

Sweden - please don't tolerate these queues. Go elsewhere (if you can) or find a way to cut-in to the front like the rest of the world !!
01:21 August 4, 2012 by Ian C. Purdie - Sydney
"are immoral and buy lots of tobacco and alcohol"

That's immoral? Crikey.
12:20 August 4, 2012 by HorstRadisch
Of course it's immoral, Ian. Haven't you ever been to Sweden? Nobody drinks alcohol or smokes tobacco here! It's a well-known fact that the Systembolaget has solved ALL of the alcohol problems in Sweden, and it's therefore only a matter of time before the rest of the world follows suit.

(In case any Americans are reading this, that was irony. Not very good irony, I admit, but irony nonetheless).
13:31 August 4, 2012 by Marc the Texan
Thanks for the parenthetical HorstRadisch. I'm now able to fully appreciate the full blossoming banality of your sense of irony. Looking forward to more helpful parenthetical notes.
13:03 August 5, 2012 by Camlon
I am really happy Norwegians don't like queing. That means there is less tolerance for long lines.
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