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The nations of Denmark and Sweden had a Twitter fight involving moose and sperm banks

This, basically.
This, basically.
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Zack Beauchamp is a senior correspondent at Vox, where he covers ideology and challenges to democracy, both at home and abroad. Before coming to Vox in 2014, he edited TP Ideas, a section of Think Progress devoted to the ideas shaping our political world.

Thursday morning, the official Twitter accounts of the nations of Denmark and Sweden engaged in one of the most bizarre Twitter fights I’ve ever seen. It encompasses everything from the size of the two countries to the Danish language to moose populations to Legos.

Early in the morning, Denmark’s account (managed by its foreign ministry) retweeted one of Sweden’s tweets pointing out that Danes and Swedes have a lot in common (in this case, an aversion to wall-to-wall carpeting). It seemed friendly enough — but Sweden responded by dissing Denmark’s size, the first shot in the Great Nordic Twitter War of 2016:

Denmark fired back with a joke about how Sweden has a lot of laws and rules.

Then the whole thing escalated wildly out of control. Jokes covered:

Anyway, this is obviously all in good fun, and is a much better way of dealing with northern European grievances than Vikings hacking each other up with swords and axes.


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