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STATE NATIONALISMS:  SWEDEN and NORWAY




        Norwegian nationalism, which was earlier a positive force, has no longer any such purpose. As a state nationalism it has turned merely destructive, due to excessive self-exaltation and some xenophobia.
        On "positive" and "negative" nationalisms, see Definitions and fundamental concepts: Ideologies: Nationalism.
        Despite heritage from the centralistic double monarchy of Denmark-Norway and models from extremely centralistic and conformist Sweden, the state and realm of Norway is still considerably less centralized than the other nordic states, or France or Britain.
        Since the 1800s, in Norway one has indeed promoted variety and manifoldness within the realm, as regards e. g. local cultures, spoken language forms and several varieties of written languages, and the maintenance of vital rural communities in the whole habitable territory, - which all stands in enormous contrast to conditions in Sweden.
        However, Norway is also reputed, often ridiculed - and very rightly so - for being quite an incredibly SELF-CENTERED and SELF-EXALTED nationalistic society.
        Word frequency lists of the 1970s tell that "norsk/norske" was/is the 47th most common word of norwegian language. This is the SUPREME WORLD RECORD for such adjectives!  Second in the world comes "svensk/svenskt/svenska" in the swedish language, in which it was/is the 78th most frequent word. This second place, too, seems absolutely unchallenged. (But it should be remarked that lists for danish were not available.)  All other state-nations lag far behind in wordy self-exaltation.
       
        Swedish nationalism is arrogant, unscrupulous, oppressive and malignant.
        Norwegian nationalism is egocentric, infantile, imbecile and silly, but it is seldom malignant.
        It may be appropriate to repeat these characteristics in original scandinavian language:
       
  Svensk nasjonalisme er hovmodig, hensynsløs, undertrykkende o ondskapsfull.
        Norsk nasjonalisme er egosentrisk, infantil, imbesill o fjollete, men den er sjelden ondskapsfull.

        In Norway, history as a school subject, and even more as an academic discipline, concentrates very much on history of Norway and norwegians. Not many students or researchers of history wish or dare to specialize in some theme that is not "norwegian". Themes should at least have special connections to Norway and/or norwegians. History in Norway has always been considered too important in the process of so-called "nation-building" (propaganda) - that is, state-nationification - to be allowed really to develop as an independent and free academic science.
        The Second World War is often called "Norges krig" = "Norway's war". A schoolbook of 1981 even tells that the Second World War began in 1940.......  -  In those days (1981) all schoolbooks had to be approved by the ministry of education before anybody could use them in a classroom.
        In the central library of Østfold region, which library is in Fredrikstad, only 20-30 km from the boundary with Sweden, the editor found in 1987 about a hundred books on the Second World War, and most of them dealt only with the war in Norway. There was not one single book about the First World War, when Norway did not take part. Well, there was one (or two) multi-volume work(s) on general history through all ages. But in this central library of Østfold region there was not one single book on any special age or theme whatsoever in general or non-norwegian history! - except two books treating the Black Death... Yes, because the Black Death, too, is in Norway regarded as in some certain way "norwegian", just like the Second World War is regarded as a "norwegian war".
        However, the libraries' supply of history books on non-norwegian subjects seems to have improved a little  since the 1980s.
        Those who shape and lead present day public opinion in Norway grew up in the 1960s and 1970s and went to school with history books by Thorleif Øisang, Per Øisang and a few others. Those schoolbooks - approved by the ministry of education - must be unparallelled for their time in horrendous massive usage of state nationalistic totalitarian words and language. (The author of this text had to use those books as a teacher, and saved copies of them for documentation.)

BRAINWASHING  CHILDREN
        To implant the state nationalistic world view (Weltbild, Weltsicht, Weltanschauung) into the brains and hearts of small children is still today considered to be of utmost importance. This is indeed to abuse children,
and it is quite as evil as any other form of abuse.
        We have seen it on television from North Korea, earlier from East Germany, on films from Nazi Germany, and in pictures of small schoolchildren honouring the stars and stripes flag in usanian classrooms. Etc. etc.
        Regarding Norway, there are the 17th May childrens' nationalistic parades. For the brainwashed schoolchildren and kindergarten children it is a great festivity, with heaps of lemonade and ice-cream, and permission to scream. But it is also (now again) a compulsory nationalistic festivity for both teachers and children, and so it can be no better than the political abuse of children in e.g. East Germany (GDR), or in other states more usually characterized as totalitarian states.
        In Sweden, teachers have for many generations been imposed to function as twofold professionals. They shall work partly as teachers of facts (or "facts") and partly as ethnociders (= cultural genociders) against ethnic minorities and regional and local languages, behaviours and culture. Too many too loyal teachers in Sweden have emphasized both professions about equally and aimed at being equally effective in both. If they concentrated only on teaching official school subjects, they could (like the author of this text) be dismissed.

SWEDISH  ETHNOPOLITICAL  CRIMES
        The term "nazism" is always justified in all cases when an ethnic group regards itself as herrenvolk and the majority of its members behave that way. See also in: Definitions and fundamental concepts.
        Swedish herrenvolk behaviour against and ethnocide of vermlandish, jamtlandish, north scandinavian, scanian, gotlandish, etc., and finnish languages, and swedish master people attitudes against danes, norwegians and finns, justify that we use the word "nazism" as well as "fascism" about it.
        Mark that this is NOT history!  It is ALSO Sweden in the 21st century!
        Swedish nazism is bipolar. It works in two different directions. We ought to distinguish, and quite sharply, between externally, i. e. outwardly directed swedish nazism, and internally, i. e. inwardly directed swedish nazism.
        Externally directed swedish nazism is in present-day swedish usually named "främlingsfientlighet", which cannot be accurately translated, but should mean hostility to "strangers" or "xenophobia". Externally directed swedish nazism is often mentioned in swedish media, and, since a couple of years, politicians and media try to convince the population to condemn such attitudes. (They may harm Sweden's image, you know.)
        Internally directed swedish nazism, however, is almost completely silenced in those hypocritical swedish media. In Sweden, people should not even be allowed to reflect upon its existence. The internally directed nazism intends to root out all regional and local culture, languages and behaviours. The english (and french) word for it is ethnocide, and in german it is called Kulturmord. Because swedish culture and language was indigenous only in a few provinces, internally directed swedish nazism has for a long time been used by the state to suppress and almost extinguish the genuine cultures of major parts of the state territory. Media support internally directed swedish nazism, and they brainwash people to think that all scandinavian but non-swedish cultures in Sweden are inferior and must not be allowed to survive. Internally directed nazism is based on the thesis of "might makes right" ("Macht macht Recht").  (The so-called "hembygdsföreningar", falsely pretending to preserve local cultures, act in concordance with internally directed swedish nazism, which is a prior condition for their being tolerated by the state.)
        The internally directed nazi policies of Sweden are worse than in most states of Europe, and ought to have disqualified Sweden from EU membership.

        Swedish former anti-jewish and anti-roma policies are now officially condemned. But there is no condemnation of Sweden's other nazi policies and crimes, many of which are still today continued:

AGAINST DENMARK AND DANES:
       
Hatred propaganda since the 1400s against danes, in later ages reinforced by history books and compulsory school education. (But not permitted in schools of recent times.)
        Ruthless swedification of Skåneland = East Denmark, after Sweden's conquest of Skåneland in 1658. Considerable part of population perished. Imposition of swedish language, ousting of written danish and suppression of spoken eastern danish. Scanians were for 200 years forbidden to cross the Sound (Øresund) and to visit Denmark's remaining territory.
        Hatred propaganda in the whole realm of Sweden against the danish language, by swedes often characterized as a "throat disease".  ( - As a matter of fact, it may be difficult for swedish people to understand spoken danish. But written danish is as easy as written norwegian bokmål = the most used language in Norway.)
        Refusal to read danish. A not very untypical example: a swedish person starts reading a text which she believes to be in norwegian, she understands it fairly well, but when she is told that the text is not norwegian, but danish, she puts it away momentarily and refuses to read and to understand anything more. Because so she has been taught to do!   ( Even academic students of so-called "nordic languages" in Sweden - which in reality means swedish language - do not learn and many of them do not know how to distinguish a modern danish text from a modern norwegian one! )
        Booksellers in Sweden have no books in danish! But in Denmark and in Norway they sell many books in swedish.
        Customary pressure against danish speakers in swedish media, compelling them to mix danish with swedish. Pure danish is not accepted.
        Denying pupils in Skåneland to learn (or to learn but little) about their country's history before the conquest and to learn about history of Denmark. There is no instruction in either genuine scanian language or in standard danish.
        In natural sciences Skåneland and its nature is often described as having always been "swedish". It is almost never described as (south) scandinavian.
       
AGAINST FINLAND AND FINNS:
        Still today, many people in Sweden dislike Finland's autonomy and since 1917 suzerainty. They wish Finland should still have been a province of the realm of Sweden, like it was before the russian conquest of 1808-1809.
        Above all, swedes have never accepted that people in Finland developed finnish language to make it suitable for all purposes and made it state language of Finland.  ( Swedish is also a state language in Finland, but is mother tongue of only 6-7% of the total population. Those people live in parts of the coastland and in the Åland islands. )
        Except when there is a skiing competition i Lahti or so, most swedish tourists boycott the whole monolingual finnish-speaking area. They only visit Helsinki/Helsingfors and the coastal parts where swedish is spoken. As a national principle, they do not leave the (partly rather dull and monotonous) "swedish" coastline, even if they know that people of the interior (with beautiful lake districts) have learnt some swedish and some english at school.  -  But those swedes do not hesitate to go to Greece or Thailand, even when they do not know a single word of greek or thai language!!  -  In the interior of Finland or in the northern coastland you may meet even 10 times(!) as many norwegians (they have no prejudices of language) as you meet with those very rare swedish people from Sweden.
        Swedes from Sweden require all finns to use swedish. Swedes of the realm (rikssvenskar) refuse to learn one word of finnish, (except the numerals from one to six, which are also names of wild geese in the swedish state nationalistic and xenophobic story of Nils Holgersson by Selma Lagerlöf, written for brainwashing of schoolchildren).
        The state of Sweden committed ethnocide (= cultural murder) of the immigrant finnish people (many thousand "forest finns") who came to Mid-Scandinavia in the 1500s-1600s, and of their descendants. (The same happened in Norway, too.) Those finns were continually denied all language rights, until the last speaker died in 1980 (or in the 1990s?). Finnish christian names were banned. They were even forbidden for official use in Finland itself, as long as Finland was under suzerainty of Sweden.
        In the second half of the 1900s, the number of autochtonous finns in the north-east + recent finnish immigrant workers all over the realm of Sweden, equalled the number of swedish-speakers in Finland (ab. 300.000). Those finns in Sweden were continually refused a status of their language comparable to the status of swedish in Finland, even after 1995 when Sweden became a member of the EU. Not until the new millennium could Sweden be forced to submit to some EU standards of rights of minorities.
       
AGAINST NORWAY AND NORWEGIANS:
       
Norwegians have, at least until around 1990, been publicly characterized by swedish people as mentally retarded, so in media, by teachers in classrooms, etc. etc.  According to a scientific investigation around 1980, 60% of schoolchildren in Stockholm did earnestly believe that norwegians in general are more stupid than other peoples.
        To some extent, norwegians have themselves contributed to this belief by their vulgar, ostentatious and childish forms of patriotism/nationalism, which swedes see as less sophisticated than the swedish herrenvolk type of evil and cunning nationalism.  (Cf. above.)
        Another very important reason for the totalitarian-minded majority of people in Sweden to regard norwegians as mentally deranged is the linguistic tolerance and pluralism in Norway. Swedes see it as sheer madness that Norway (or Belgium or Canada or Switzerland) keeps to more than one state language. Curiously enough, they do not think the same of Finland, where swedish is the second state language. As we should know, swedes are first of all educated to swedish language nazism.
        Swedes conceive it to be impossible that anyone from Sweden could ever learn norwegian (or danish or finnish). But to a swede, it is not impossible to learn some other herrenvolk language, like english, spanish, or russian.
        Norwegian bokmål and riksmål is considered to be majority language, and new norse to be a minority language. Written forms of new norse are used by 10-15% of the population of Norway (earlier 20%), but spoken language of half the population or more is closer to new norse than to riksmål and moderate bokmål.  (The language forms of riksmål and bokmål are derived from danish.)
        In Sweden it is normally forbidden to say anything positive about new norse, or even to mention its existence!!  It is completely taboo to tell the truth that new norse is more similar, and bokmål/riksmål is less similar than new norse, to the genuine - but extremely oppressed - folkspeech of most parts of Sweden, including regions around Stockholm.
        Swedish pupils may not learn about the languages of Norway. New norse is never mentioned in most schools. Most college and academic students in Sweden have never heard or read about its existence!
        Booksellers in Sweden have no books in any norwegian language. But in Norway and Denmark they offer many books in swedish. Booksellers in Sweden may no longer order any books from "abroad" which are not on a limited list of books permitted for import. This also applies to books in e. g. english or german. Private import of books is however not restricted.
        Norwegian language (all varieties) is normally translated for swedish listeners or readers. The herrenvolk should not be bothered with norwegian. In Norway with its linguistic tolerance, swedish language is almost never translated, because such translation would be unnecessary.

AGAINST SWEDEN's "OWN" POPULATIONS:
        Consequent lies about the true ethnic and language composition of Sweden, concealing the fact that most lands and countries within Sweden had a scandinavian population which is/was not swedish.
        Teaching the population of the realm that swedes are wiser, know better, and are more developed than all other peoples. Because swedes are so superior, everyone should strive to be swedish or to become more swedish.
        Deliberate policy of uniformity all over the realm, which concerns everything of physical as well as mental environment. Promoting depopulation of countryside and smaller towns; concentration of people and service institutions to large urban areas.
        Banning all kinds of names in regional languages. Exceptions from this rule for place names are very rare. Christian names and surnames in regional languages are totally forbidden, as in other fascist states, like present-day Turkey, fascist Italy or nazi Germany.
        No radio or televison programmes in regional scandinavian languages are permitted.
        Ignoring and breaking Sweden's own constitution of 1974, which provides that lingual minorities shall be promoted.
        About Scania and Skåneland, see above on Denmark and danes.


DO THE NEIGHBOUR STATES COOPERATE?
        Up to the 1980s or so, many or even most people in the Eastland and Trøndelag regions of Norway used to reckon vermlanders and jamtlanders as peoples separate from swedes and close to norwegians. When people in e. g. Oslo or Trondheim got to know that someboday came from Vermland or from Jamtland, they often reacted as to "countrymen" and could say, for instance: "Oh, then you belong to us!", or: "So, then you aren't swedish."
        But that was then. Today the swedish propaganda has taught even vermlanders that they may not speak (norwegian-like) vermlandish when they are in Norway either!  And most young people from Vermland have today adopted the swedish language, and when working in Oslo, they do not use any "half-norwegian" vermlandish at all, but speak like other machines from anywhere in Sweden. (And almost every one of them does as swedish people do, and refuse to learn any norwegian, even when they live and work in Norway.)
        Norwegians have noticed this. Now they look upon people from Vermland and people from Stockholm as much the same, when they no longer hear or perceive any difference.
        On the other hand, hostility and animosity in Norway against truly swedish people for their being arrogant etc. seems less common now than earlier. This is certainly due to that swedes have learnt to behave better and to be less haughty and arrogant.
        Why?  The reason can be summed up in two words:  MONEY and POWER.
        It began with money, which materialistic-minded swedes saw streaming to Norway with oil extraction, beginning in the late 1970s and increasing ever since, making the state of Norway and people in Norway very rich. Until the 80s, Norway had been poorer than Sweden. Then the economic inequality was inverted. Since the 1990s Sweden is considerably poorer than Norway, wages in Sweden are much lower, and unemployment in Sweden is much bigger. Power and prestige of Norway also became visible in politics, in sports, and in various other fields.
        The two states of Sweden and Norway and their local and regional authorities have not always cooperated in the way they seem to do nowadays, about the ethnocide required by swedish centralists, or against critics of (swedish) society.
        As long as there were clearly observable ethnic and cultural differences between eastern and western parts of Sweden, norwegian sympathies lay not with the swedish centralistic power, but with opponents against it. So it was even among public servants in Norway, - police, customs officers, postmasters, bank clerks, and others. The editor of this wordbook and homepage could tell stories about norwegian authorities and servants refusing to take "orders" from Sweden and sabotaging such orders. This is still classified information, also in Norway.
          
   
       
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