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Sweden facts of the day

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From The Local

- Marriages where both partners were born in the same country last 30% longer than marriages where the partners come from different countries.

- The typical “new Swede” is a 27 year old woman who has moved to the country from Norway.

- A third of all Swedish surnames end in ‘son’.

- Sweden’s population increased by 35,722 people in 2004, and the total broke the 9 million barrier for the first time.

- Marriages which came to an end in 2004 had an average length of 13 years for couples where both partners were from the same country and just 10 years where the partners were born in different countries.

- During the 20th century the proportion of the population under the age of 10 has fallen from 22% (1905) to 11% (2004).

- For mothers living in Sweden, fertility is highest among those born in Africa, at 2.7 children per woman.

- The average life expectancy for women was 82.7 years while for men it rose to 78.4 years in 2004.

- An average Swede moves home eleven times in his or her lifetime.

- The number of asylum seekers declined dramatically during 2004. In total, 23,161 people sought asylum in Sweden in 2004, a fall of 26% compared to the previous year.

- Of Sweden’s population of 9,011,392 people, 16% had a foreign background.

- Every year around 1,600 people are adopted, of which two thirds are born abroad.

Ads on the Finnish blogosphere

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Popular blogs in the U.S. have their fair share of ads and in my opinion, have done a good job of positioning them on the page without ruining the aesthetics of the site or being too intrusive on the reader – cause afterall, if the readers go away because of your annoying blog ads, you won’t make any money off people clicking on those ads. I use the words “fair share” because I know about the expensive bandwidth/costs, I think it’s great that bloggers can try and subsidize those costs with ads, instead of using a PayPal “tip jar”.

But the “top” Finnish blogs have virtually no ads (excluding small Google Ads) – I wonder why? No doubt this is looked at as a “good thing” by readers of the Finnish blogosphere, remember the good ol’ days of the internet before ads were plastered everywhere? But like I said, effective ads placed in non-intrusive locations are fine, the worst thing that could happen is that most readers simply ignore these ads – I think my eyes have been subconsciously trained to skip over ads, especially Google Ads. Speaking of Google Ads – Does anyone actually click on these things? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Google Ad interesting enough to waste three seconds of my life by clicking on it. But supposedly people are making a few $$’s on this.

But back to ads on the Finnish blogosphere – alot of people are reading blogs, I’m sure there’s advertising money to be made – but maybe Finnish bloggers are afraid to “sell out” and show the world that they’re greedy capitalistic pigs who wants to make a profit from blogging. I suspect that it’s like waiting at a crosswalk in Finland, once one person crosses on red, everyone else will soon follow. Hopefully online marketing specialists (other than the a-holes at Jamba) in Finland will be ready for this, then again, Finnish companies don’t seem to be the most open people towards “alternative” advertising like this. Finns, reading more newspapers and magazines per capita than any other country in the world, already view plenty of ads – maybe companies don’t need to bother advertising on “risky” outlets such as blogs? Dunno.

Less Mercedes taxis

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When I first moved to Finland in 2002, I was amazed at all the Mercedes taxis on the streets – it seemed as if every taxi was a new Mercedes. This is in contrast to my home country where virtually every taxi is a old, rusted-out yellow American-made automobile. After I took my first taxi ride from Helsinki to Espoo and paid the bill, I quickly realized how they afforded these nice cars.

But lately, I’ve seen a lot more Toyotas, VWs, and (gasp) Renaults. Is it just my imagination, or are there less Mercedes taxis on Finnish roads nowadays?

Nuclear power is good – in Finland

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“home to the first nuclear power station to be built since the disaster at Chernobyl”

Parliament Debates Energy Strategy

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“The opposition has called the policy short-sightened and says it fails to adequately emphasize renewable energy resources.”

Finnish Observers to Gaza

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“A total of five border and police experts are taking part in the EU border and customs inspection operation.”

President of Finland’s Valio missing on fishing expedition

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On a drinking binge in Tallinn?

COMMENTARY: Hooray! We get to pay more!

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A rare article from Hesari where a writer actually supports free trade

Arajärvi has advice for Angela Merkel’s husband

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“he did not want to be a mere trophy husband. “

Finnish border control among best in EU

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“Reduction of Russian border guards will not mean more work for Finland”

BP Champions of Europe

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“Blood pressure of Finns still among the highest in the world”

Parents largely indifferent to possible effects of violent video games on children

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The EU already rates video games, yet there’s still calls for Finnish authorities to rate them as well.

The zebra, the ermine, and the question mark

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Another Helsingin Sanomat columnist trashing Niinistö, the Finnish media really fears he might win.

The making of the President of the working class

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Helsingin Sanomat columnist trashes Sauli Niinistö

“12 video games to avoid” or “12 video games your kids will suddenly take an interest in”

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Some video game makers got a Christmas season headstart yesterday when MediaWise released their annual, “Games to avoid for your children and teens“, sparking an interest in certains that might have been otherwise ignored. The 12 video games to avoid…

1. Far Cry
2. F.E.A.R.
3. The Warriors
4. Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse
5. True Crime: New York City
6. Blitz: The League
7. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
8. God of War
9. Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil
10. Urban Reign
11. Conker: Live and Reloaded
12. Resident Evil 4

A scene from “Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse“, courtesy of Wideload games

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