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Journal Entry 1 by wingtravelinawing from Ullern bydel, Oslo fylke Norway on Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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Book description by bookgirrl:
"...Michael Booth - a Brit who is married to a Dane - ... does a thorough profile of each country [Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland] - a bit of history, the culture, food, personalities, etc. Being British, he is never politically correct - and he is very funny. Here's a bit about the book. I loved this book so much, I've recommended it to several people..."
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/feb/10/perfect-people-nordic-miracle-michael-booth-review 


Journal Entry 2 by wingtravelinawing at Ullern bydel, Oslo fylke Norway on Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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This book is offered as a bookray, for anyone who would like to know more about Norway (and the Nordic region in general), or just have a fun read. The bookray will go on before and after the bookcrossing convention in Oslo April 2017: https://bcoslo.wordpress.com/

The bookray is open for anyone to join.

The thread about this ray in the bookring-forum: http://www.bookcrossing.com/forum/20/533165 


Journal Entry 3 by wingtravelinawing at Ullern bydel, Oslo fylke Norway on Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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BOOKRAY

This book wants to travel! Please...
...make a journal entry when the book arrives, to let us know it's safe.
...read the book within 4-5 weeks (and less if possible, as quickly as possible to let it reach as many as possible before the convention).
...when you have read the book, PM the next on the list for their address.
...send the book off to the person next on list.
...be sure to make a controlled release note. This is to include the place you send it from.

Happy reading!

Participants (the order may still be changed):
- travelina
- sota48 (Norway)
- rahar109 (UK) [INTL shipping] - coming to the convention
- Lesenmachtfroh (Germany) [INTL shipping] - coming to the convention
- Krissa33 (France) [INTL shipping] - coming to the convention
- Fifna (Netherlands) [INTL shipping] - coming to the convention
- Boekentrol (Netherlands) [shipping within Europe] - not coming to the convention
- feltre (Greece) [EU shipping] - coming to the convention
- StrangeEmily (Greece) [INTL shipping] - not coming to the convention
- Icila (France) [INTL shipping] - not coming to the convention <- The book is here!
- penelopewanders (Switzerland) [European shipping] - not coming to the convention
- Clairby11xxx (UK) [UK shipping, Europe if necessary] - not coming to the convention
- Lizzy-stardust (UK) [European shipping] - not coming to the convention
- Arvores (Portugal) [European shipping] - not coming to the convention
- Ametisti (Finland) [INTL shipping] - not coming to the convention
- dschinny (Germany) [INTL shipping] - not coming to the convention
- ...
- azuki (USA) [INTL shipping] - coming to the convention
- Lorelei03 (USA) [INTL shipping] - not coming to the convention
- CanticleLost (USA) [INTL shipping] - not coming to the convention
- [end of list]

REMEMBER to make a controlled release note. This is to include the place you send it from. 


Journal Entry 4 by wingtravelinawing at Oslo Sentrum, Oslo fylke Norway on Sunday, September 11, 2016

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Released 1 yr ago (9/8/2016 UTC) at Oslo Sentrum, Oslo fylke Norway

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I have read the chapter on Norway, and most of it is well known issues and topics for me, but still interesting to read. I handed over the book to sota48 on 8th September. 


Journal Entry 5 by wingsota48wing at Hokksund, Buskerud fylke Norway on Monday, September 12, 2016

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The book is n ow with me. 


Journal Entry 6 by wingsota48wing at Hokksund, Buskerud fylke Norway on Tuesday, September 20, 2016

8 out of 10

Interesting to learn how "the outside world" is looking at us. More serious than other books on the same subject. 


Journal Entry 7 by wingsota48wing at by hand, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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Released 1 yr ago (9/20/2016 UTC) at by hand, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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I am handing the book back to travelina this afternoon. 


Journal Entry 8 by wingtravelinawing at Ullern bydel, Oslo fylke Norway on Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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The book is back with me, and will travel to Birmingham tomorrow to be handed over to rahar109 at the unconvention this weekend. 


Journal Entry 9 by wingtravelinawing at Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, September 24, 2016

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Released 1 yr ago (9/24/2016 UTC) at Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom

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The book was handed to rahar109 at the bookcrossing unconvention in Birmingham. 


Journal Entry 10 by wingrahar109wing at Ash Vale, Surrey United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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Passed to me at the Uncon, thank you. 


Journal Entry 11 by wingrahar109wing at Ash Vale, Surrey United Kingdom on Monday, October 03, 2016

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Very informative book, quite amusing in places. Interesting to see how the Nordic countries differ from each other, when to us they seem very similar. Looking forward to next April. 


Journal Entry 12 by wingrahar109wing at Ash Vale, Surrey United Kingdom on Wednesday, October 05, 2016

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Released 1 yr ago (10/4/2016 UTC) at Ash Vale, Surrey United Kingdom

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Posted to Lesenmachtfroh.
Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 13 by Lesenmachtfroh at Nürnberg, Bayern Germany on Saturday, October 08, 2016

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It's a miracle. I found the book int the letterbox half an hour ago. I'm very much surprised delighted. I can read it in the trains to Bordeaux and pass it on to Krissa. Thank you very much rahar109. I'll believe in 1st class letters from England from now on.  


Journal Entry 14 by Lesenmachtfroh at Nürnberg, Bayern Germany on Tuesday, November 01, 2016

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Finally I have read all the chapters. Here are some spotlights

* Danes are happy because they don't expect too much.
* Icelanders are lucky to have natural whirlpools
* Norwegians like to wear precious traditional costumes (like people in Bavaria and
Austria)
* in Finland the author was most exited when he went to a sauna
* in Sweden people adress everybody with the informal 'de' (du) because the
government told them so.
There were a lot more aspects which surprised me, but you will find out by yourself.

Thank you very much for the ring and for shipping
 


Journal Entry 15 by Lesenmachtfroh at Nürnberg, Bayern Germany on Tuesday, November 01, 2016

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Released 1 yr ago (11/1/2016 UTC) at Nürnberg, Bayern Germany

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on its way to Krissa

Frohes Lesen, Staunen und Lächeln
 


Journal Entry 16 by wingKrissa33wing at Bordeaux, Aquitaine France on Thursday, November 24, 2016

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Sorry, sorry, sorry...

The book arrived two weeks ago, and I forgot to make the JE
I already started reading 


Journal Entry 17 by wingKrissa33wing at Bordeaux, Aquitaine France on Sunday, November 27, 2016

8 out of 10

I learned some interesting facts, and I often laughed out loud! I so love the british humor!

Thank you for sharing, and I'm looking forward to see if it's right what the author tell us about Norway ;-)

 


Journal Entry 18 by wingKrissa33wing at Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Sunday, November 27, 2016

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Released 1 yr ago (11/28/2016 UTC) at Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands

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Continues his travel to the Netherlands!

Happy reading!

"Lire, c'est boire et manger. L'esprit qui ne lit pas maigrit comme le corps qui ne mange pas."
Victor Hugo

"Une lecture amusante est aussi utile à la santé que l’exercice du corps."
Emmanuel Kant

"When I get a little money I buy books. If any is left, then I buy food and clothes."
Erasmus




 


Journal Entry 19 by wingFifnawing at Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, December 08, 2016

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Arrived safely, thanks Krissa33. And thank you for the stickers and Bordeaux convention bookmark and postcard!  


Journal Entry 20 by wingFifnawing at Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Monday, January 02, 2017

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First of all, I have to do a bit of grumbling: the book suffers greatly from sloppy editing: typos ('concensus'), rogue commas and other errors abound that should have come out in the process.

Having said that, I enjoyed the book a lot. Yes it does turn into a bit of a rant every now and then, but it provides interesting insights into our Nordic neighbours' countries and lives. Some of them quite recognisable actually to a Scot who lives in the Netherlands!

Thanks for sharing, travelina! 


Journal Entry 21 by wingBoekentrolwing at Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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Arrived safely today :-) Thanks for sending on, fifna and for making it available, travelina! 


Journal Entry 22 by wingBoekentrolwing at Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Saturday, February 04, 2017

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Since I didn't finish this book, I won't be rating it. But I do want to share what I think.
Not sure what I was expecting from this book, but it was clearly notbwhat I received. Downright hilarious? Entertaining read? Are we talking about the same book?

I love travelling to the Nordic countries (Finland snd Iceland are the only ones still on the 'to travel to-list'. I usually love to read about other persons' travels or emi-/immigration stories and am quite fond of learning about other cultures or languages. The combination of these ingredients in this book however was at this moment for me not the right one.
I didn't like it, the story didn't catch me and after reading a few pages I found myself looking for an excuse to put it away and do something else.
So I decided not to finish it and give my reading time to another book that fits me better right now.  


Journal Entry 23 by wingBoekentrolwing at Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Sunday, February 12, 2017

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Released 10 mos ago (2/13/2017 UTC) at Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands

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This book is on its way to the next in line for the bookring: feltre.
Safe travels, little book and I hope you'll arrive soon.

Happy reading, feltre!
 


Journal Entry 24 by feltre at Zografou, Attica Greece on Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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The book arrived. Thank you for sending it and for your postcard. 


Journal Entry 25 by feltre at Zografou, Attica Greece on Friday, March 03, 2017

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Not very funny but quite interesting. 


Journal Entry 26 by feltre at Zografou, Attica Greece on Friday, March 03, 2017

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Released 9 mos ago (3/3/2017 UTC) at Zografou, Attica Greece

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Sent to StrangeEmily. 


Journal Entry 27 by wingStrangeEmilywing at Trikala, Trikala Greece on Monday, March 06, 2017

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In my hands now! I started reading and it looks good! Thank you feltre for posting!
edit 31.5.2017
I am late in reviewing the book but I just postponed and then forgot about it.

I enjoyed the book very much. It is not fair though to expect a humouristic book, maybe the reviews and the front page are a bit disorientating.

Very informative, the author has done a quite good detective work and really asked important people important questions. I would prefer it if he talked more with less V.I.P. residents, like immigrants, local farmers, etc.

Many times reading this book, at first, mostly, I though, "what have we done so wrong in Greece?" . In older books of the sort, when one mentioned Greeks, it was to speak about ancient sites, the sea, the music, the food, the poetry, the mediterranean mentality and hospitality. Now one reads about bad economics, which is always blamed on the mentality of the people as a whole. But, when i read in this book about the situation in Iceland, I thought, whenever -in Europe- a country goes down, everyone discovers how bad is the character of the people! Suddenly everyone discovered that Icelnaders are greedy because of their ancestors.

I was amazed with some of the Scandinavian characteristics. As I have only stayed in UK for 2 years and not more than a tourist does in other countries in northern Europe, I always thought that Scandinavians would be as gentle and polite as British people are, it is a surprise that this is not the case apart from the Finnish!
Of course, drinking to get drunk is an appalling habit which we here do not understand, so if I traveled there, it is the only thing I would hate.

Although, as I wrtote above, this book is not a humouristic one, at one point at the book I really laughed: the Swedish experiment of the author (I don't write more, it is a spoiler). So, be prepared to read a very interesting informatine book but not a humourous one and you will not be disappointed.  


Journal Entry 28 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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The book is with me now. Looking forward to read about the Scandinavian miracle.  


Journal Entry 29 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Saturday, June 03, 2017

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If I may give my two cents : please don't just edit your entry but make a proper J.E. after reading the book in order that the previous readers can be sent a P.M. Thank you.

I wasn't disappointed. Not a humouristic book at all, very informative with a lot of funny stories though.
A sort of revenge because we are regularly fed with the perfect example of happiness and success that are the Nordic Countries, first and foremost the finish schools. :-)
I don't want to spoil so I stop here. I do hope that the book was translated in French because I want to share it with my family, I did a lot already.

 


Journal Entry 30 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Thursday, June 08, 2017

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Released 6 mos ago (6/9/2017 UTC) at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France

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Hop to the Swiss Alps ... Enjoy. 


Journal Entry 31 by wingpenelopewanderswing at Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland on Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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This has arrived safely in Switzerland, I see it goes to the UK next. As I'll be heading that way next month, I might just take this along to read on the trip and send from there. Thanks so much for making this available, and thanks Icila for sending!  


Journal Entry 32 by wingpenelopewanderswing at Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland on Sunday, July 02, 2017

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I found parts of this quite interesting and realized as I read it how very little I know about most of Scandanavia. I have been to Sweden a few times, and changed planes in Copenhagen, but discovered some very unexpected things reading this, not least of which was the eugenics program I was totally unaware of.
I've known a great many Scandinavians so was glad to sign up for this bookcrossing ring. It was perhaps not an ideal book for holiday reading. The editing of the book was quite sloppy at times.
 


Journal Entry 33 by wingpenelopewanderswing at Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, July 05, 2017

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Released 5 mos ago (7/5/2017 UTC) at Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom

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This one was hand-carried from Switzerland to Scotland - bus, train, tram, taxi, plane, bus...and now leaves Glasgow for Hampshire. Thanks so much for making this available. Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 34 by Clairby11xxx at Farnborough, Hampshire United Kingdom on Friday, July 07, 2017

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Now with me, thank you :) 


Journal Entry 35 by Clairby11xxx at Farnborough, Hampshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

2 out of 10

Now that does seem like a very unfair score but when I don't finish a book I can't justify more than 2 stars. I did get halfway through this and it was interesting and funny, the problem was that the subject being tackled was hugely broad and this just felt like a rambling journey and one man's opinion of Scandinavia (Booth does live in Denmark but he is not actually Danish). Non-fiction that isn't historical doesn't tend to hold my interest for long so he should be applauded for getting me to page 187 before giving up, perhaps I just needed more Vikings! 


Journal Entry 36 by Clairby11xxx at A BOOKRAY , -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom on Saturday, December 02, 2017

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Released 2 wks ago (12/2/2017 UTC) at A BOOKRAY , -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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Travelling on to the next reader. 


Journal Entry 37 by Lizzy-stardust at Salford, Greater Manchester United Kingdom on Monday, December 04, 2017

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Received in today’s post. Will read it when I finish my current book. Thanks for sharing! 


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