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Norwegians slam ‘typical Swedish megalomania’

Frustration over Stockholm's claim to be the "Capital of Scandinavia" has reached new levels, as angry Norwegian delegates tore up entrance cards bearing the slogan at a recent trade show in France.

Norwegians slam 'typical Swedish megalomania'
Stockholm - The Capital of Scandinavia? (Photo: Dana Gouws)

The dust-up over which city reigns supreme in Scandinavia took place at a real estate and investment show in Cannes, France, where some 200 Swedish representatives placed banners and advertising materials with the slogan "Stockholm: The Capital of Scandinavia".

The move sparked a fierce backlash from Norwegian and Danish delegations miffed at the Swedish capital's unsubstantiated claim to be the top city in Scandinavia.

”This is typical Swedish megalomania,” said Norwegian delegate Erling Fossen to the Afenposten newspaper.

The Swedes even used the slogan at the bottom of the event’s entry card, prompting irritated reactions from other fair-goers who weren’t in favour of the claim.

“Many Norwegians reacted by spontaneously tearing off the Stockholm advert [from the entry card],” Fossen said.

Monica Ewert of Stockholm Business Region, the group behind the Swedish campaign, claimed that the slogan was a result of two years of campaign planning, and she sticks by the phrasing.

“Stockholm is the biggest city in Scandinavia and is centrally located. We have the biggest work force, and a truly influential culture – that’s the motive,” she told the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper.

And Ewert isn’t concerned by the thought that such a brash statement could lead to negative publicity, as it has only led to positive statistics since its inception in 2005.

“We’re seeing our place in the rankings going upwards. This is something we’re both humbled and really glad about. By referring to Stockholm in this way, we’re trying to be remembered, and this is something we’re really succeeding with,” she told SvD.

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NORWAY

Norway to send 200,000 AstraZeneca doses to Sweden and Iceland

Norway, which has suspended the use of AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine until further notice, will send 216,000 doses to Sweden and Iceland at their request, the Norwegian health ministry said Thursday.

Norway to send 200,000 AstraZeneca doses to Sweden and Iceland
Empty vials of the AstraZeneca vaccine. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP)

“I’m happy that the vaccines we have in stock can be put to use even if the AstraZeneca vaccine has been paused in Norway,” Health Minister Bent Høie said in a statement.

The 216,000 doses, which are currently stored in Norwegian fridges, have to be used before their expiry dates in June and July.

Sweden will receive 200,000 shots and Iceland 16,000 under the expectation they will return the favour at some point. 

“If we do resume the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, we will get the doses back as soon as we ask,” Høie said.

Like neighbouring Denmark, Norway suspended the use of the AstraZeneca jab on March 11 in order to examine rare but potentially severe side effects, including blood clots.

Among the 134,000 AstraZeneca shots administered in Norway before the suspension, five cases of severe thrombosis, including three fatal ones, had been registered among relatively young people in otherwise good health. One other person died of a brain haemorrhage.

On April 15, Norway’s government ignored a recommendation from the Institute of Public Health to drop the AstraZeneca jab for good, saying it wanted more time to decide.

READ MORE: Norway delays final decision on withdrawal of AstraZeneca vaccine 

The government has therefore set up a committee of Norwegian and international experts tasked with studying all of the risks linked to the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, which is also suspected of causing blood clots.

Both are both based on adenovirus vector technology. Denmark is the only European country to have dropped the AstraZeneca
vaccine from its vaccination campaign, and said on Tuesday it would “lend” 55,000 doses to the neighbouring German state of Schleswig-Holstein.

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