I discovered a video on Nexflix’s YouTube channel titled: How Nordic are You? I thought it would make for a fun little blog post so I went ahead and I borrowed the questions. I will link the video down below if you want to watch it.
In the video they are a bit inconsistent with how many points they give for each answer so I’ve decided to do 10 points for each correct answer with a full possible total of 120 points. (I know, I wanted it to add up to 100 but 100 devided by 12 equals 8,3 and it just doesn’t look as good).
Oh, and to brush up on your geography the Nordics are: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
1. Do you leave your kids outside for their naps?
I mean, I don’t have any kids (yet) but when I do: absolutely! Yes, during winter, too. Plus no-one is dumb enough to steal a child in Denmark. Cars won’t even be stolen if there’s a kid in the back due to the harsher penalty soo… Although usually in cafés you sit by the window so you can actually see the baby carriage.
2. Liquorice, yay or nay?
Big YAY! How anyone doesn’t fucking adore liquorice is beyond me.
3. Have you ever written a song for someone’s birthday, wedding etc?
Haha, yes! It is tradition in most families. Not so much at regular birthdays but if it’s round ones like 30, 40 etc., at weddings, at copper-, silver-, and gold weddings where it is a huge part of the festivities, and at confirmations. I cannot remember if it’s a thing at christenings as well.
4. Rye bread or toast?
Uhm, depends, I’d say. Toast is like a snack because you’re hungry again after 10 seconds and is mostly eaten for breakfast (during weekends) but it usually tastes better. Rye bread last for ca. 3-4 hours before you crave food again but it is mostly eaten as lunch or, occasionally, dinner if you’re in a hurry (or just don’t have a freking clue what to make for dinner, OR if you really don’t want to make dinner). I do eat a lot of rye bread but… I don’t know. Perhaps I only get 5 points for my unclear answer.
5. Do you talk to strangers on the bus?
No, I’m not a weirdo which is what you will be considered as if you suddenly started talking to some random stranger. Plus, you don’t sit next to a stranger on the bus or train either unless there are absolutely no seats available with an empty seat next to it. It makes travelling awkward, AWKWARD I tell you, because that memo hasn’t been passed on to people in other countries. So awkward!
6. Pancakes, thin or thick?
Thin, no debate there. I remember Mr English being surprised at my Danish pancakes. Apparently they are thick in the UK. Not like American pancakes thick, but thicker than ours. I think they’re better that way because it makes the edges crunchy.
7. How many cups of coffee do you drink in a day?
Uh-oh, I’m in trouble. See, I don’t drink coffee, like at all!, which is really unfortunate when living in coffee country but whatever. And if you are sitting out there thinking “you could just learn to drink coffee” I say: “no, not really.” If you have to learn how to eat or drink something that isn’t essential to your survival or well-being then it is just not meant to be. Although I will give myself 1 point for liking coffee aroma in chocolate.
8. When can you make an inappropriate joke about something terrible?
Always! Humour can be used as a coping mechanism and a way to deal with difficult subjects. Laughter strengthens your immune system, releases endorphins which diminishes pain, boosts mood, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress. What I’m trying to say is that it is far healthier to make some morbid jokes than to suppress your feelings.
9. Do you skip the queue?
Never, that’s rude! I don’t know what else to say since I’m assuming it’s rude in any country (?)
10. Do you cross the street at a red light if there are no cars?
Usually no, I don’t. BUT if it’s in the middle of the night and there is absolutely no cars to be seen ANYWHERE then I will just cross (but only on foot or bike!). I think I have to knock off two points for that.
11. Do you have a single or a double duvet?
Now see, this is interesting because only little over a year ago I didn’t even know that double duvets were a thing. Why you’d want a double duvet I don’t know. It seems like you’re in high risk of your partner claiming it leaving you cold in the middle of the night, and it seems that I have convinced Mr English that having your own duvet equals a blissful night’s sleep. I’m not even sure if you can get them in Denmark. I’ve never even seen a double duvet with my own two eyes in the 29 years I’ve been alive.
12. Finish the sentence: there is no such thing as bad weather just…
… unsuitable clothing. I don’t always agree but the message is solid enough. You won’t die of a little rain or snow.
That was fun! Okay, let me see what the score is.. *drum roll* … It is 104 / 120! Okay, there’s definitely no denying that I am pretty Nordic. At least it means that I can continue telling people that I’m really Danish which is nice knowing that I haven’t been lying to people for the past 2 years.
If you want to watch the original video click here.
Please leave your own score + answers in the comment section down below. I am really curious to hear how you’d answer these questions. Who knows, perhaps you’re more Nordic than you think.