Top 10 Scandinavian contributions to the world

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‘The Swedes invented the toilet seat. Twenty years later the Norwegians invented the hole in it’. That sums about up how Scandinavians look at each other. A little mean, but peaceful. But what are the real contributions the Scandinavians have brought the world? The Danes, the Swedes, the Norwegians and even the Finns invented quite a lot! Let’s take a look at our top 10 of Scandinavian contributions to the world!

Top 10 Scandinavian contributions to the world

  1. Sauna, the Finns loved the beneficial effects of water and heat in a closed room. Nowadays, the sauna is a worldwide accepted way to clean both body and mind
  2. ABBA , Swedish band that became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of pop music
  3. The paperclip , one of the big misunderstandings of history as the paperclip was actually patented by an American, the Norwegians thought it was a Norwegian invention until the 1950’s
  4. Koenigsegg CCXR , according to Forbes Magazine, car minded Sweden (Saab, Volvo) brought the world one of the most beautiful cars ever build
  5. Dynamite , the world would be unrecognisable without this great invention by Alfred Nobel from Sweden (hilariously, the Nobel price was named after the inventor of an explosive)
  6. Knäckebröd , popular in armies and schools because of its light weight and simple, transport-friendly shape. Also, it is very cheap and if stored in dry conditions it will keep fresh and edible for a very long time. Talking about (Swedish) efficiency!
  7. NOKIA , named after a Finnish municipality, NOKIA became one of the leading brands in mobile telecommunications worldwide
  8. LEGO , build your own world with LEGO. The Dane Christiansen started as a carpenter and ended up with a multinational
  9. The safety match , Gustaf Erik Pasch patented the safety match when he replaced the poisonous yellow phosphorus with non-poisonous red phosphorus
  10. IKEA , bought in seconds, build it yourself in days, is currently the widely accepted, matured form of LEGO, the true spirit of efficiency that Sweden offers the world
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