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"Sweden`s reputation abroad is intact. We have funny drinking habits, we copulate diligently and then commit suicide after paying a dreadful amount of tax."
- Swedish actor Erland Josephson, in a 1987 government report on foreigners impressions of Sweden.

Being three-fourths Swedish myself, this is one of my favorite quotes ever. I especially like the phrase "copulate diligently" - as if sex is some patriotic duty that Swedes engage in, even if they don't want to, just to maintain Sweden's reputation.

January 9, 2011 in Current Affairs | Permalink

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