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Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards

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Vexen Crabtree 2015


Scandinavia: The Crown of Civilisation: Profiles of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland, the best countries in the world!

I will expand this page to include more countries (Iceland, for example), more geography and maps, and notes on religion past and present. But for now I don't have any of my books. (One month to go until I get my library back!)

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Well it doesn't look compulsory, and it doesn't sound expensive, and unless the Church of England has started charging for its services it doesn't like a particularly expensive ritual... so, I don't really mind or see it as much of my business.. I *would* like to know how much it does cost the taxpayer though! I just don't think it is much.

Thanks for that link, it's an interesting blog you've found there!

I hear about Iceland allllllllllllllll the time from my in-laws. They're big into Scandinavia as well. For good reason!

What happens in a month? You finally get to go home?

Well closer to November really... all our dates keep changing!

Hopefully in time for Halloween!

Denmark was by far the nicest country I've been to.... not that I've been to that many.

It has but one unforgivable flaw.

The Danish word for Oranges is Applesin; this for some reason annoys me.

Ha! Well, find out what the German word for 'pineapple' is!

You'll have to tell me sometime what you were doing in Denmark! Is a great country. Were you on the mainland or on an island? Drop me an email!

Get it right

I become highly suspicious of this article immediately. That is because the article makes the incredulous implication that Finland is in Scandinavia. I guess that's good if you're trying to insult Finns...

Finland can accurately be called Nordic or Baltic though Baltic is not used too often.

The only 3 countries I've seen called 'Baltic' are Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Apart from that, I've called Finland 'scandinavian' just for ease, it's simpler to say "In Scandinavia" rather than "In the Nordic countries"; no 'offense' could possibly be intentional from such a thing. That it makes you feel "highly suspicious" of an otherwise-outstandlingly-positive page makes me think you're overly concerned with the surface-titles of the page rather than the (much more interesting) content!


Like your page but I found one error.
Norway is home of the Nobel peace prize not Sweden. The other Nobel prizes (med,phys,chem,lit and eco) however are rewarded in Sweden.


This is not a criticism of Scandinavia, however, in one of your quotes The Economist has very wrongly pointed out that Estonia has a progressive tax system.

This is wrong, Estonia has a flat-rate income tax, something which sets it apart from other Nordic countries and significantly lessens its awesomeness.


Iäm afraid your "criticisms of Finland" section is utter nonsense. "The most violent society in the EU"???? You have got to be kidding me.

Suicide – an American rumour!

Sweden is quite far down in the European suicide table, in 15th place. Yet people abroad still tend to describe us as being more suicide-prone than others. The source of the rumour is a speech given by US president Dwight D Eisenhower in 1960, in which he claimed that “sin, nudity, drunkenness and suicide” in Sweden were due to welfare policy excess. People soon forgot the link to welfare policy, but Ike’s suicide label spread round the world.

Source Åke Daun, Professor of European Ethnology: http://www.sweden.se/templates/cs/Article____12355.aspx

Thanks for that little bit of mythbusting!


Swedens a great country. I like this website, i realised when you search "Best country" it ranks 1st or second. Good job!

Also Id like to see you post an article on countries like Switzerland, which aparently has the lowest crfim rate in the world!

Keep up the good work!

Scandinavia - 'Best' Country in the world - and other things

I read your article concerning Scandinavia, and must say I found it laughable. How the hell is it the 'greatest nation in the world' when it does not even exist. It is a conglomerate of states that have never politically alligned themselves. To say any country is 'better' than any other is discriminatory and wrong.Furthermore, simply by saying 'Scandinavia is the best' becuase it has tall blonde occupants sounds utterly fascistic whitch in turn make you look like a Nazi, which I suspect you are. I also find your web of 'superstition' concerning Christianity to be utterly distasteful and questionably promoting religious hatred through claiming Jesus never existed, and refering to Catholic priests recently exposed as paedophiles broadly described as Christian thereby widening the range of the incrimination and spreading lies over the actual truth.

In the future I would like to view your site with less hatred directed against any other group and pertaining a more open minded view over topics such as race, religion and politics. If you cannot control your unnatural urge to act profanely I suggest you keep yourself off the net and busy yourself with re-educating oneself to interact with humanbeings.

Re: Scandinavia - 'Best' Country in the world - and other things

You are very confused.

1. You have got two different pages mixed up. "Scandinavia, the Crown of Civilisation: Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland" by Vexen Crabtree (2006) is about Scandinavia. Nowhere in that page do I call Scandinavia a 'nation', because as you rightly say, it isn't one.

"Which Countries Set the Best Examples?" by Vexen Crabtree (2005) concludes that Sweden does best overall across multiple rankings.

2. It ludicrous and completely impractical to say it is "discriminatory" to look at countries statistically. Using that insane ethic, you couldn't select a team of athletes based on their times on runs, impossible to rate people's ability in maths in order to see who has the skills required for a job, and impossible to rate schooling systems by their successes or failure. I have no idea why you think that looking at what has worked and what has not is discriminatory.

3. I certainly do not state that Scandinavia is best "becuase it has tall blonde occupants". None of the criteria - and I list them all carefully and at length - include hair colour, eye colour or height. Your rantings about fascism and Nazis is paranoid, inappropriate and slightly crazy.

4. I do not promote religious hatred; I have a page ("Jesus Did Not Exist") that summarizes historian's theories on how Christianity could have come about if there was no actual historical Jesus. To place historical facts beyond the realm of questionability will retard research, discovery and knowledge about the past.

5. I couldn't work out what you are saying about Catholic priests and paedophilia, but it definately not my intention to spread lies or cover up truth.

6. My website contains no hatred. Sometimes, it is ranty and sometimes immature. I think you mistake differences of opinion, and inquiry into the past, as "hateful" and "discriminatory" and I suggest you go away and try to work out why your response has been quite so ludicrously defensive.

Re: Scandinavia - 'Best' Country in the world - and other things

You've replied on my LJ to a post that links to "Scandinavia: The Crown of Civilisation: Profiles of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland, the best countries in the world!" - I clearly do not call Scandinavia a country even in the main title! (And I suspect from your odd comments that you haven't read the text either).

The map

As a Dane I really don't like that Zealand is shown on the map as being part of Sweden. That means that Copenhagen is part of Sweden as well.

Thanks for this wonderful post.Admiring the time and effort you put into your blog and detailed information you offer.

I just added your web page to my favorites. I like reading your posts. Thanks!


Scandinavia is only Norway, Sweden Denmark.
If you add Finland and Iceland you have the Nordic countries.

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