The Dark, Mountainous Scandinavia: Vikings are sometimes gentle, sometimes energetic

Text: Žikica Milošević

In Finland there is a joke: Finns are aggressive Fennoscandians, ready to fight, and their songs are all about depression, like Apocalyptica, Nightwish or HIM; Swedes are flamboyant and sweet, with their ABBA, Ace of Base and Roxette, all the way to The Cardigans; Danes have few things to offer from their flatlands close to Germany, but Norwegians are the darkest. They are still Vikings, with their mountains and fjords. They presumably retained most of their Viking traditions, despite their urbanisation and Lutheranisation. Norwegians could represent the essence of old Scandinavia, sometimes even pre-Christian. Iceland is perhaps the only place where you could find more Old Norse traces.

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Post-oil ideas: Post-industrial, protestant, silent, diligent

Text: Žikica Milošević

The economy of the one of the two Nordic countries that isn’t a member of the European Union (the other being Iceland, of course) is based in equal measure on Lutheran spirit and Viking solidarity, fused under the weak Northern sun. Oh, it isn’t all that hard-as-hell! Norwegians, as opposed to other Scandinavians, have a lot of oil. However, unlike other countries that have plenty of “black gold”, Norwegians still stick to their aforementioned diligence and Protestant spirit. They have created a social welfare state and a society of peers. And, like every other clever country, they are currently coming up with ways of remaining a society of plenty even after oil reserves have been exhausted.

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The state-of-the-art 4G+ Telenor network for one third of Serbia’s population

Company Telenor has rolled-out the state-of-the-art 4G+ network in seven towns of Serbia. Up to two and a half times faster internet, even better quality signal and instant loading are the advantages of the new technology available to citizens of Serbia in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Niš, Kragujevac, Subotica, Zrenjanin and Pančevo.

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Condominium: Old concept, dirty word

Text: Žikica Milošević

Overlapping territorial claims have existed since the beginning of the organised state as we know it, but they have been resolved using a wide variety of tools, some now deemed obsolete, all in favour of “French revolutionary practise”, with ‘one state-one flag-one nation’ out of many ideas. But let us switch our minds to some more ambiguous solutions that also seem quite adequate: dominions, personal unions, dependencies, one-country-two-systems and… condominiums.

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Optimum Prime: Interpack 2017 Packaging Fair

Over 170,000 people visited the Packaging Fair this year, and more than 2,800 exhibitors showcased their novelties and services. Managing renewable resources with software, latest trends in business optimization, digitalization in recycling and optimization, and reducing food waste with the help of packaging were just some of the novelties that were presented at the Interpack Fair which took place in Dusseldorf in May.

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