• Norway's news in English
 
app_header_v3

Irate Norwegian reports Stockholm over 'capital of Scandinavia' claim

The Local · 28 Mar 2012, 14:53

Published: 28 Mar 2012 14:53 GMT+02:00

"The marketing campaign aims to mislead tourists and consumers to Stockholm by giving the picture that Stockholm is the capital city for the whole of Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway and Sweden)," the man wrote in his report, according to Aftonbladet newspaper.

The Norwegian has claimed to have been in contact with the city of Stockholm, whereupon he was informed that the title was justified as the Stockholm region lays claim to five international airports, has 3.5 million residents, and attracts over 40 percent of Scandinavia's visitors.

The city also claimed it had the right to call itself the Capital of Scandinavia because the Nobel prizes and the Polar Music Prize are awarded there.

However, the man took issue with these claims, arguing in his complaint that Stockholm not only lacks Scandinavia's biggest airport, but it doesn't even have the region's largest population.

In addition, Stockholm is far from being centrally located within the Nordic region, the man explained, and doesn't even give out the main Nobel prize, the Nobel Peace Prize, which is awarded in the Norwegian capital of Oslo.

"Stockholm is, overall, not any better than the other capital cities in Scandinavia," he wrote.

Tor Sannerud, Oslo's chief of tourism, has let the world know that he is unimpressed as well.

He lashed out at the slogan in Norwegian papers recently, labelling the choice of words as arrogant and "directly misleading".

The offending slogan, which has been in use since 2005, has been making headlines recently after its use ruffled feathers at a French convention earlier this month.

Swedish representatives at the investment fair placed banners and advertising with the slogan on signs and ticket stubs, outraging Norwegians and Danes, some of whom tore the papers to pieces.

The ombudsman is yet to take a position on the case.

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
'Aggressive elk' no match for Norway kids with snowballs
Photo: Paul Kleiven / NTB scanpix

'Aggressive elk' no match for Norway kids with snowballs
10 minutes ago

It takes more than an angry elk to scare Norwegian nursery children.

Norway 'lost' 661 asylum seekers in January alone
UDI said many of the 'lost' asylum seekers will likely "show up in some way or another". Photo: Torstein Bøe / NTB scanpix

Norway 'lost' 661 asylum seekers in January alone
4 hours ago

The number of asylum seekers who 'disappeared' within Norway in January was higher than any single month last year.

Tourist brought 125 kilos of Norwegian coins to Oslo
The coins totaled 220,970 kroner and weighed 125 kilos. Photo: Toll

Tourist brought 125 kilos of Norwegian coins to Oslo
7 hours ago

A most unusual find for Oslo customs officials.

Norway’s climate quotas have not led to emissions cuts
Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen/NTB Scanpix

Norway’s climate quotas have not led to emissions cuts
1 day ago

Five years after fulling joining the EU quota system, there have been no real reductions in Norway's emissions.

'Mystery films’ from 1980 to be shown in Norway
The 1980 delivery went unclaimed. Photo: Kjell-Erik Ruud/Instagram

'Mystery films’ from 1980 to be shown in Norway
1 day ago

An American man sent three films to himself at a Norwegian hotel 36 years ago but never claimed the package. On Tuesday, the mysterious films will be shown, although no one knows what to expect.

Sexual criminals prey on Norway’s asylum centres
Kripos said that known sex offenders are carrying out attacks at Norway's asylum centres. Photo: Torstein Bøe / NTB scanpix

Sexual criminals prey on Norway’s asylum centres
1 day ago

Known sex offenders are taking advantage of "especially vulnerable" underage asylum seekers.

Norwegian who raped Irish woman in sleep faces appeal
The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin, Ireland. Photo: Criminal Courts of Justice

Norwegian who raped Irish woman in sleep faces appeal
February 05, 2016

Irish prosecutors are hoping to overturn the suspended jail sentence of a Norwegian man who admitted to raping his Irish girlfriend up to ten times while she slept.

Elderly Norwegians arrested in Thailand for playing bridge
Photo: Colourbox

Elderly Norwegians arrested in Thailand for playing bridge
February 05, 2016

A game of bridge had an unexpected ending for 32 club members in Pattaya, including three Norwegian pensioners.

Norway's massive wealth fund drops 73 companies
Demonstrators in Trondheim protest against "an unethical oil fund" in 2015. Photo: Ned Alley / NTB scanpix

Norway's massive wealth fund drops 73 companies
February 05, 2016

Norway's huge sovereign wealth fund has sold out of 73 companies last year because their social or environmental policies could hurt profitability.

Norway's windmills smash previous records

Norway's windmills smash previous records
February 04, 2016

Norwegian windmills produced power like never before in 2015.

Sponsored Article
US taxes and FATCA: 'The time for hiding is over'
National
Norway police to go back to being unarmed
Health
Norway ads use Hitler teddy bear to scare parents... about dust
National
Migrants: Norway 'sending us to death' in Russia
Norway under fire over tough new asylum plans
Health
Norway doctors push plan for 'tobacco-free generation'
National
Norway's call to remove crosses causes backlash
Politics
Norway tightens asylum policy to cut numbers
Society
The end of the expat? European cities fight for innovative 'inpats'
Education
Hiker finds 1,200-yr-old Viking sword in Norway
National
Oslo eyes ban on private cars from city centre in green push
Culture
Family shocked as The Scream appears in a freshly sawn plank
National
AS-IT-HAPPENED: Nobel Peace Prize announcement 2015
National
Norway armed forces to get organic underwear
International
Syrians cross Norway's Arctic border on bicycles
Society
Norwegians reveal the (hilariously inaccurate) origins of the Danish language
National
Norway man built secret child's room in cellar
Education
Norway starts school for Vikings
Sport
Sepp Blatter should win Nobel Peace Prize: Putin
2,193
jobs available