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Socialism and Salted Herring

Finland - Tino Väinämöinen


How about "Go for it, Bomber"?!

Voiced by: Takahiro Mizushima (JP), Clint Bickman (EN)

Sweden - Berwald Oxenstierna


'Nd m'wif.

Voiced by: Keikou Sakai (JP), Robert McCollum (EN)

  • Adaptation Dye Job: He usually has light blond hair in the merchandise and illustrations, yet the anime series initially gave him sandy brown hair and changed his blue-green eyes to a deep brown. This was thankfully corrected in later episodes to him having only brighter blond hair and purely blue eyes.
  • Affectionate Nickname: The other Nordics call Sweden by a shortened version of his name (Su-san, the Japanese name for Sweden is Suuēden) in one webcomic, which was translated by fan scanlators as "Sve" (short for Sweden's name "Sverige" in Danish, Swedish and Norwegian). Since then, many fanworks have Finland or Denmark calling Sweden "Sve" regularly.
  • Awesome McCoolname: "Oxenstierna" is Ye Olde Butcherede Swedishe for "Oxenstjärna"; "Ox star". Truth in Television as most Swedish surnames stem from a time where you came up with a name by smashing two nouns together in an effort to sound cooler than the next-door neighbour.
    • His first name Berwald can be traced back to the German Baerwald which means bear forest. In the end, his name can mean Bear Forest Ox Star.
    • He also shares a surname with Swedish historical figure Axel Oxenstierna.
  • The Big Guy: Subverted. He's the tallest of all the nations along with Russia, but hardly acts like it.
  • Bespectacled Bastard Boyfriend: Subverted: since he looks like one of these yet is anything but cruel and cold.
  • BFS: His Weapon of Choice is a two-hands sword.
  • Death Glare: Although it's pretty much his normal facial expression, whether he likes it or not.
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  • Emotion Suppression: It's said that he's actually overcome with emotions, though he never lets them show.
  • Face of a Thug: His height and serious face scares everyone. Even if he doesn't intend it.
  • Gentle Giant / Real Men Wear Pink: Sweden looks like a huge and scary Big Guy... but is very domestic, an excellent babysitter and even sews his old clothes personally before giving them to Finland when the other remarks on their height difference.
  • Hot Dad
  • House Husband: He's better at cooking than Finland.
  • Huge Male Nation-tan: In the 5th anniversary strip, Sweden genuinely wants to say some nice things to the fans... but is so blushy and embarrassed that he cannot, much to his and Finland's dismay.

Sweden: I wanna say all kinds of nice things... but... (HUGE BLUSH)... 'm embarr'ssed!
Finland: Hey! Su-san! Whoa, are you okay?!



"No matter how I see it, you guys do look like brothers. You know, the way you're weirdly scary, and how you have weird friends. And to begin with, we're all something like brothers. And I am the elder brother... WAH!""

Voiced by: Hiroshi Shimozaki (JP), Montgomery Sutton (EN)

Volume 3 (on Denmark): "Poking England, using Russia as a shield, he's quite the active young man. I feel like his personality will turn out to be the complete opposite of his outward appe8arance."

    • Add the notes that was listed during the final page of 2010 Bloodbath. Himaruya stated the next time he appears, it won't be in a positive light. Then again, this is Himaruya we're talking about: he often says/writes things and then puts 'em on the shelf.



"Hurry up and start saying it, you! Bro-o-ther!"

Voiced by: Masami Iwasaki (JP), Alex Organ (EN)


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"It'd be great if there was stuff like mythical phantom residents that live only in Iceland..."

Voiced by: Ayumu Asakura (JP), Jason Liebrecht (EN)