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I think an underappreciated reason for the lack of problems with the Sweden-Norway border - apart from Norway being in the EEA and in Schengen and you know, agreement capable - is the relative lack of Daisys. The border is mostly running over sparsely populated mountain regions.

Don't get me wrong, there are border regions in the southern most part and they have been suffering with border closures during Covid, but that most of the border isn't running in regions where there are farms probably makes things easier.

by fjallstrom on Wed Dec 9th, 2020 at 08:44:15 AM EST
In addition to that, AFAIK the Swedish/Norwegian border is largely uncontested, with a strong law abiding culture on both sides. The N. Ireland border was never less than contested, and regarded as entirely illegitimate by one side who make every effort to undermine it. Everything which makes a nonsense of the border - such as different lockdown rules on both sides - is a win for nationalists and a cause for unease for Unionists. Everything becomes politicised, from the response to Covid to the sport you support to the supermarket chain you shop in. It was never about just the mechanics of customs controls...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Dec 9th, 2020 at 01:02:58 PM EST
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When Sweden let go of Norway in 1905 - without war - the border had been stable since 1660 (when Sweden had to let go of Trondheim that it had gained in 1658), and Norway is no longer laying any claims to Bohuslän or Jämtland (though Jämtland has a humorous independence movement). And no one had any crazy ideas about breaking out the Swedish supporting areas, perhaps because the 184 persons who voted no to independence didn't live in the same area. Also, same religion and basically the same language, would have made any strategies to colonise futile.

If Finland hadn't been conquered by Russia in 1809 a Finnish independence movement from Sweden in the 20th century could have been a bloody affair leaving long-lasting scars. Fortunately for Swedish-Finnish relations that wasn't the way history went and the only major dispute over Åland Islands was settled peacefully through the League of Nations. Åland got demilitarisation (including Ålanders not being conscripted) and extensive local rule (including language) which among other things has led to Åland Islands having a seperate treaty with the EU.

by fjallstrom on Thu Dec 10th, 2020 at 10:40:19 AM EST
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