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Though if the norwegian value of the words match the swedish ones skräck (skrekk) is quite a bit stronger then frykt (fruktan). Also skräck carries more tones of panic, closer (imho) to the english 'horror' then 'fear'.

This also seem to match the intensity of the respective feelings. Russia is in Norway (according to Gjermund) a powerful neighbour that might be dangerous, in Sweden it is a traditional enemy (the other one being Denmark, but that is water under the Öresund-bridge now) that ended the last war by chewing up half the core territory (that would be Finland). Russia has been the main foe in all swedish war planning the last 200 years or so.

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by A swedish kind of death on Thu Feb 26th, 2009 at 05:01:20 PM EST
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