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Sweden Scandinavia music export leader. Norway hopes to win this year’s international Eurovision Song Contest but lags behind on exports of music. It is ‘money, money, money’ for the country famous for ABBA, Roxette, SAAB, and IKEA, amongst other things, according to latest figures. Sweden exported music for SEK 1.7bn in 2015 (some USD 190.76m / EUR 179.28m / GBP 152.26m at today’s ROE). Over 9.98m lived in the country as of November 2016.

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Sweden Scandinavia music export leader

Published on Monday, 13th February, 2017 at 17:35 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .

Norway hopes to win this year’s international Eurovision Song Contest but lags behind on exports of music.

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It is ‘money, money, money’ for the country famous for ABBA, Roxette, SAAB, and IKEA, amongst other things, according to latest figures.

Sweden exported music for SEK 1.7bn in 2015 (some USD 190.76m / EUR 179.28m / GBP 152.26m at today’s ROE). Over 9.98m lived in the country as of November 2016.

With a population of more than 5.74m (as of Q4 2016), Denmark’s music exports (for 2015) totaled some DKK 546m (about USD 78.11m / EUR 73.44m / GBP 62.38m).

Frozen pizza-buying nation Norway (pop. ca. 5.2m) exported music worth NOK 375m (roughly USD 44.8m / EUR 42.12m / GBP 35.78m).

Norwegian Ministry of Culture-funded Music Norway comments that this revenue “is only generated from what directly can be traced to a Norwegian company.”

“Deals Norwegian artists and industry professionals have with foreign companies are not included,” they write.

Author, data journalist, and information designer David McCandless has gathered information from various internet sources to form a data map on what countries do best in – it was wind power for Denmark, for example.

To complete the map, Mr McCandless says that he and the team of other researchers and designers collected data from “roving news articles, rifling big databanks (such as UN, World Bank, CIA World Factbook) along with specific Google searches.”

According to him, data visualization – the presentation of data in either a pictorial or graphical format – is becoming increasingly important. This is because it allows a large amount of information to be carried in such a small space.

In a Nordic context, he found that Finland was best known for news media (the most free press) – and dementia.

Iceland came top regarding electricity use (consumption per person), as well as for smoking the most weed, having the most women on company boards, and for male life expectancy.

The world map and research took some three weeks to complete. At the same time, David McCandless says their findings are intended to be slightly tongue-in-cheek.

“We tried to have really good quality sources for each entry. But we bent our own ‘information is beautiful’ rules a little to include the occasional lower quality secondary source just to try to hit our goal and finding something for every country. It’s meant as a light-hearted graphic,” he told UK publication The Independent.

Some of the team’s findings regarding other countries’ ‘claim to fame’ are:

  • El Salvador: least police
  • Greece: cheese eaters
  • Georgia: homophobes
  • Hungary: pornstars
  • Mexico: lemons
  • Nigeria: Scrabble players
  • Pakistan: gay porn
  • Panama: best retirement
  • Spain: LGBT tolerance
  • Russia: dashcams
  • UK: billionaires
  • US: spam emails


(Sources: Music Norway, Export Music Sweden, Statista, Statistics Norway, Statistics Sweden, Statistics Denmark, Information is Beautiful)



Published on Monday, 13th February, 2017 at 17:35 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: music, scandinavia, eurovisionsongcontest, exports, business, money, paywall.





  
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