We interrupt the campaign reporting to turn attention somewhat closer to, if not home then our present post of observation: The relationship between Finns and Swedes which is the subject of a report with the bizarre title Different Ways of Encountering a Big Elephant written by Thorleif Pettersson and Sakari Nurmela published a couple of days ago. (Full publication as a pdf; Summary as pdf)
The fun fact of the day is that the average Swede doesn’t know much about Finland but would love to have Finnish friends.
The average Finn on the other hand knows a lot about Sweden and is not particularly interested in having Swedish friends.
Now, how can we possibly explain this…? 😛
PS: The title of the post refers to the peculiar Swedish way of writing “X loves Y” – “X+Y=True”. In Sweden the phenomenon otherwise known as “love” has been replaced with the pragmatic exchange of various kinds of domestic services.