2016-06-27 (Mánudagur)

Today, I learned that:

According to hot news from Nice, the European Union has decided to accept Iceland as a new member state, replacing Great Britain, as a consequence of the result of today’s play-off game. Full coverage can be found in reference #1 below.


The geysir Stokkur, which erupts every 9 minutes, photographed on 2009-08-05.

… That’s what I learned in school !


1: England vs. Iceland 1-2

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2016-04-03 (Söndag)

Idag lärde jag mig, att:

Vår värld är verkligen varierad, även om det finns likheter mellan Norr och Syd. Till exempel är det som så att fler och fler politiker av olika färg och nationaliteter börjar ertappas med att först ta vara på sig själva och skicka “sina” pengar till något skatteparadis.

Så har det varit länge i Brasilien, även om det som nu håller på att avslöjas överstiger allt som vi har hört talas om tidigare. I dagens God morgon världen i SR P1 rapporterade SRs korrespondent i Latinamerika, Lotten Collin, om en brasiliansk satirsajt som verkligen har lyckats fånga situationen på ett kusligt sätt. Lyssna på reportaget i referens nummer 1 nedan.

Och i samma program fanns det också ett intressant inslag om hur man använder hundar i Kambodja för att tillaga deliciösa maträtter. Reporter där var Alex Kronholm. Hör inslaget i referens nummer 2 nedan.


(Skatte)Paradiset Brittiska Jungfruöarna. Foto AP

Så slutligen i Ekot kvart i sex fanns det också ett inslag från Island, där man har upptäckt att statsministerns fru föredrar att placera pengar på Brittiska Jungfruöarna. Reporter ännu en gång, den välbereste Alex Kronholm! Hör inslaget i referens nummer 3 nedan.

… Tack för idag, slut för idag!

(Today’s post deals with three different reports from around the world, all in Swedish, namely from Brazil, Cambodia and Iceland.)


1: Politisk satir i krisens Brasilien

2: Stulna hundar på matbordet i Kambodja

3: Islands regering skakas av en skatteskandal

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2016-03-17 (Thursday)

Today, I learned that:

Although we are used to all the facilities connected with international travel, primilarily on the Northern hemisphere, there are still people who suffer a lot when the they change their physical location. An example of this is in a report made by Radio Sweden’s correspondent in Africa, Richard Myrenberg, based in Kigali, Rwanda. He needed to travel to Yaoundé, capital of Cameroon, and for that purpose had to obtain a visa at the Cameroonian embassy in the neighboring Kinshasa, Congo. So he travelled to Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, where he boarded another flight to Kinshasa. He finally got his visa and could take one of the only 7 international flights leaving the brand new airport of N’Djili Airport in Kinshasa to his final destination in Yaoundé. If you think that sounds complicated, then you should know that not many years ago, for a person to travel from East Africa to West Africa or vice-versa, s/he had to make a stopover in Frankfurt, Germany or Amsterdam, the Netherlands!

But here follows two good pieces of news if you are exchanging flights in Keflavik, Iceland or Schiphol, the Netherlands:

Iceland, reference #2 below
When you fly Icelandair across the Atlantic, you can stop over in Iceland for up to seven nights at no additional airfare. And once on Iceland, the employees of Icelandair offer to be your travel partner and explore all the interesting things one can do on the island.

The Netherlands, reference #3 below
If your starting point lies in Canada, USA or Italy, and you have at least 6 hours between planes at Schiphol, then you can benefit from a new mobile app from KLM. It lets you connect with a local resident in Amsterdam for a brief sight-seeing. KLM pays the train round trip from the airport and even the first round of drinks for you and your local guide to enjoy.


An unusually fine day in Limerick, photo taken by Dina Videman on 2016-02-22

There once was a family in Limerick
Who from all the rain got pretty sick
So they went to meet the Sun
In the Canaries, oh what fun
And as a bonus they cheered for St. Patrick

… That’s what I learned in school !


1: Richard Myrenbergs mödosamma resa till Yaoundé

2: Travel in Iceland with a stopover buddy

3: Layover with a Local

4: Saint Patrick’s Day

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2016-01-17 ( Sunnudagur)


Reykjavik Harbour, Iceland

Today, I learned that:

It is important to know where you are, so that you can get out if you get lost. For instance, if you would get lost in the forests of Iceland, how would you call for help????

The answer is: Stand up, so that others may see you! There are no forests in Iceland, but there are so many other interesting things that a person may want to see. This barren landscape is full of amazing objects. In another post, I will talk more about the subterranean activities that make Iceland such a different country to visit. (To be entirely correct, there are some forests in Iceland. UN data from 2010 indicate that 0,3 % of the total area of Iceland is covered by forests!)

Did you know that the inhabitants in Reykjavik, the capital where more than 40 % of all Icelanders live, do not have to worry about water supply? The big city water tower, that other cities use to distribute drinking water, instead takes care of supplying hot water to its citizens, and also lodges an exhibition of the early history of Iceland. Some years ago, a team of researchers from USA investigated the purity of the Icelandic water and were puzzled when their precise equipment showed no sign of any contamination, whatsoever. They recalibrated the instruments, but the results were still the same! The Icelandic water is 100 % pure, so using it when brewing beer is of course a breeze. One of the best beers is fittingly called Viking!


Maria José enjoys a Viking or two !

The Vikings also brought their Scandinavian language with them when they invaded Iceland in the 9th century AD, and it has changed very little since then. Even the fact that recently there was an American military base on Iceland did not permit the Icelandic language to get heavily contaminated with foreign words. When there is a need for a new word due to some new invention, the Icelanders create new domestic words based upon their language traditions. Examples are sími (telephone), sjonvarp (television), tölva (computer), skriftstofa (office), skyr (yoghurt), etc.

Thanks to Barbara and Camilla for helping me in my research.

… That’s what I learned in school!


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