A chic young Dane called Nathalie referred me to this marvellous website called Scandinavia and the World. Besides showing different cultural viewpoints, it displays the global state of play through satirical comical characters who each represent an individual country.
Greenland’s a dark, frustrated character who feels threatened by Denmark and it’s a bag of laughs to read (while also being educational). Here are a few of my favourites below.
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- The scariest ghost ever
- War of the flags over Hans Island
- A real life Moby Dick: whale hunting
- Eurovision Nordic Winners Party
I want oil
Greenland seems to be on the news alot during the past three weeks I’ve been here in Denmark. It’s a pivotal time for them, and there’s murmurings of massive change coming. This post nicely captures the politics surrounding oil and Greenland – and how everyone wants in on it.
The scariest ghost ever
Yep, it’s whale burgers, ghosts and love of alcohol. Really, how much more politically wrong can you get. 😉
War of the flags over Hans Island, just off Greenland
This comic is titled ‘Epic Battle’; it jokes about the dispute over who owns Hans Island, an island just off Greenland. Although USA and Sweden have tried to make a bigger fuss of it, apparently when Denmark and Canada see each other they just wave their flags, raise one, lower the other, and sometimes leave a battle of whisky. The comic artist calls it a tame war.
A real life Moby Dick – whale hunting
This post was inspired by a white whale spotted near Svalbard, Norway. As you can see, some Nordic countries are more pro for hunting than others.
Eurovision Nordic Winners Party
Eurovision is serious business here. There’s also a dark undertone to this competition, suggested by the author. More context to this sketch is provided by the comic artist.
Check out more comics at Scandinavia and the World, and please share any more blogs that you think are informative or just plain funny!