Saturday, October 10, 2009

Norwegian jokes: lutefisk and Barack Obama

Those pesky Norwegians love their practical jokes. First there was lutefisk, now they give Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize. Only the American left doesn't realize the joke is on them and BO.

Got curious about how the media in Norway is playing the Nobel Peace Prize decision (I read/write Norwegian fluently), so I check out the Aftenposten (largest daily) this morning. Found one of those opinion poll widgets on their site- vote on if you think the prize to Obama was correct. 62% of Aftenposten's own Norwegian readers voted not vs 37% who voted yes. Just thought you'd be interested in how it plays out over there. Swedish dailies are pretty much skewing this as a stupid joke the Norwegians have created (to be expected...Swedes love to laugh at dumb stuff their next door neighbors do).