Ms Park has been mentioned in dispatches a couple of times but nobody seemed to know exactly which country she is from. For those of us living in Scandoland, these things are important. There is enormous rivalry between Norway, Sweden and Denmark and a lot of differences between them.
She was born in Djura in Dalarna, the very heart of Sweden, but she now lives in rainy Bergen on Norway’s west coast. What’s most surprising though is that she wrote Norway’s 2013 Eurovision entry: I feed you my love. Which is very good. I can’t imagine her Swedish counterparts, The Knife, going near ESC with a bargepole.
Many from Sweden go to work in Norway and earn a lot of money, particularly in healthcare. Young Swedes take all the crap jobs that the Norwegians don’t want and then live a wild party life. They are not popular with the Norwegians.
A recently released film, Svenskjävel, (literally translated bloody Swede) looks at this relationship.
The outspoken protagonist, Dino. a young Swede working as an au pair in Oslo, doesn’t beat around the bush when it comes to describing the relationship between the two countries.
“Swedes like Norway. We think of you as some kind of retarded cousin who has won the lottery.”
And as for the relationship between Sweden and Denmark, just don’t get me started!