THE DANISH LION

 
 
 
The Danish Lion
THE DANISH LION

Lilou & John talk about why they love Denmark | Lilou exposes a massive brain drain in the 19th century | They decide to look for an escape route

John: This picture is from Fredrikshavn that we visited last year. We took the ferry from Gothenburg and came to Denmark in the afternoon. What is it that you like with our western neighbor?

Lilou: I think they are very, or at least seem very, friendly and open to new people.

John: That is interesting, because the media narrative in Sweden is that the Danes are hostile to everyone and everything, isn’t it?

Lilou: Yes it is, and I find that ridiculous. Even the narcissists in Denmark are more warm hearted than regular people in Sweden.

John: Do you think the Danes have always been kinder or do you think that the Swedes have deteriorated?

Lilou: I have absolutely no idea. What do you think?

John: I don’t know either, but I think that the stereotypical Dane, according to many Swedes, is a phlegmatic and loyal person who is quite content with life and doesn’t worry about the future. And I heard about that long before mass migration started to Sweden, so I guess it could be that Danes actually ARE a better people. Can I say that?

Lilou: What’s wrong with enjoying life, unless you’re a boring person?

John: I suspect that many Swedes, at least the posh ones, are jealous. Maybe the lower classes are more like the Danes?

Lilou: I don’t think so. They complain all the time and still don’t do anything about it.

John: Perhaps you are right. So it comes down to some kind of national mentality, do you think so?

Lilou: I heard a theory about mass emigration from Sweden, that the go getters left the country and moved to the States, and the people who remained in Sweden were the ones who were too scared to start all over.

John: In the 19th century you mean?

Lilou: Yes. Sounds logical to me.

John: So that suggests that all the brave and interesting people left and only the “middlemen from Golgafrincham” as Douglas Adams called them, remained. That is from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The thinkers and the doers left, and the ones who basically…

Lilou: …weren’t capable of either thinking or doing stayed! Yes, that’s our ancestors. Yay!

John: So there was a massive brain drain from Sweden to the United States in the 19th century, enough to give the Danes a great advantage, because they didn’t lose all their thinkers and doers. It sounds plausible.

Lilou: Sounds like we should get the hell out of Sweden.

John: Yeah with a massive majority of non-thinkers and non-doers we should perhaps consider that alternative.

Lilou: Hell yes. I’m in.

 

Lilou & John talk about why they love Denmark | Lilou exposes a massive brain drain in the 19th century | They decide to look for an escape route

John: This picture is from Fredrikshavn that we visited last year. We took the ferry from Gothenburg and came to Denmark in the afternoon. What is it that you like with our western neighbor?

Lilou: I think they are very, or at least seem very, friendly and open to new people.

John: That is interesting, because the media narrative in Sweden is that the Danes are hostile to everyone and everything, isn’t it?

Lilou: Yes it is, and I find that ridiculous. Even the narcissists in Denmark are more warm hearted than regular people in Sweden.

John: Do you think the Danes have always been kinder or do you think that the Swedes have deteriorated?

Lilou: I have absolutely no idea. What do you think?

John: I don’t know either, but I think that the stereotypical Dane, according to many Swedes, is a phlegmatic and loyal person who is quite content with life and doesn’t worry about the future. And I heard about that long before mass migration started to Sweden, so I guess it could be that Danes actually ARE a better people. Can I say that?

Lilou: What’s wrong with enjoying life, unless you’re a boring person?

John: I suspect that many Swedes, at least the posh ones, are jealous. Maybe the lower classes are more like the Danes?

Lilou: I don’t think so. They complain all the time and still don’t do anything about it.

John: Perhaps you are right. So it comes down to some kind of national mentality, do you think so?

Lilou: I heard a theory about mass emigration from Sweden, that the go getters left the country and moved to the States, and the people who remained in Sweden were the ones who were too scared to start all over.

John: In the 19th century you mean?

Lilou: Yes. Sounds logical to me.

John: So that suggests that all the brave and interesting people left and only the “middlemen from Golgafrincham” as Douglas Adams called them, remained. That is from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The thinkers and the doers left, and the ones who basically…

Lilou: …weren’t capable of either thinking or doing stayed! Yes, that’s our ancestors. Yay!

John: So there was a massive brain drain from Sweden to the United States in the 19th century, enough to give the Danes a great advantage, because they didn’t lose all their thinkers and doers. It sounds plausible.

Lilou: Sounds like we should get the hell out of Sweden.

John: Yeah with a massive majority of non-thinkers and non-doers we should perhaps consider that alternative.

Lilou: Hell yes. I’m in.