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Published: Monday 2006-02-27.

And thus the Olympics are over for this time, which means that life, TV watching and radio listening can return to the normal again. But what a great games it has been! Not only did Sweden receive more medals than ever in the winter games, we (they) also managed to win seven gold and ended as the sixth best nation! Not bad for a country with nine million inhabitants.

In addition to that I can get some delight in Norway’s misfortunes, they only managed to win two gold medals. But still it is a bit difficult to take delight in that when the Norwegians handle it so well. That’s the big character flaw in Norwegians, they are always so happy and nice, no matter who is the winner. But they are slightly happier when a Norwegian is winning, but perhaps not to the same extreme as us Swedes.

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  • Datum: 2006-02-27 20.35.28 CET
  • Namn: Anders Carlsson
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Det var en intressant iaktagelse att räknar vi samman Sverige, Norge och Finland (Danmark tar ju inga medaljer i vinter-OS såtillvida inte deras curlinglag har en bra vecka) så blev det 42 medaljer på 19,5 miljoner invånare, i snitt 2,15 medaljer per en miljon personer. Dock kan man ju ordna länder lite som man vill:

Österrike + Schweiz: 37 medaljer / 15,5 milj = 2,38 mpmi Italien + Frankrike = 20 / 120 = 0,16 mpmi

Det bästa enskilda landet Tyskland 29/82 = 0,35 och länder som USA, Kanada och Ryssland får en ännu lägre kvota.

Nah it annoys the hell out of them. Just tease the Norwegians a little bit about it and they aren't as happy and nice as normally:-).

  • Datum: 2006-02-28 17.22.40 CET
  • Namn: Anders Carlsson
  • Sänt från: ******************

On a scale, how overjoyed would the average Icelander be if someone won a gold medal? :-) From what I can find, through history Iceland has only got one silver and two bronze medals: triple jump 1956, judo 1984, pole vault 2000. This year the best result was a 22nd place and two 23rd places.

Hehe pretty happy:-). The person would be a national hero and we would all think everyone in the world had noticed that we won a gold. We have a tendency to overdo things!

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