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Cows on Ice and Owls in the Bog

The Weird and Wonderful World of Scandinavian Sayings

Katarina Montnémery


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Scandinavians are cooler, sexier, and more stylish than the rest of us. They have a higher standard of living, greater economic opportunity and equality, the world's best restaurants, and moody TV dramas involving murders and sweaters.

But did you know, amidst the obsession with hygge, IKEA, and lagom, that Scandinavian sayings are absolutely BIZARRE?!

Take the Swedish 'Skita i det blåa skåpet', which roughly translates as 'You've done a poop in the blue locker' ('You've really messed things up now'). Or, in Norway, 'Født bak en brunost': 'He was born behind a brown cheese' (this chap is a bit slow on the uptake). In Denmark you might say instead: 'Han har roterende fis i kasketten' (he's got rotating crap in his cap!).

This witty, enlightening book will give you 50 phrases you never knew you needed in your life, explaining their origin and literal translations, with fun color illustrations throughout.

Quadrille Publishing, 9781787134720, 144pp.

Publication Date: October 15, 2019

About the Author

Katarina Montnémery was born and raised in southern Sweden, where she developed a love of nature, cardamom buns and swimming in the sea. After spending many years working in the publishing industry in Oxford and London she returned to Sweden in 2019. She lives with her partner in Malmö.