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10-26-2007, 03:51 PM
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No love from Norway

See, I've always wondered, and today may actually find out, why is hockey considerably less popular in Norway than in its fellow Scandanavian countries?

Anybody know of a historical reason for this? I've always found it kinda odd.

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10-26-2007, 04:25 PM
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On these forums I read that there was a time when Norway and Finland were roughly equal in ice hockey. The difference for Finland was that they built as many outdoor and indoor rinks as they could while Norway didn't.

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10-28-2007, 04:56 AM
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Like Tb0ne said, hockey was better suited to the sports infrastructure in Finland. 50 years ago and beyond, the most popular winter team sport in Finland was bandy, which is essentially field hockey on ice. The transition to hockey was a shorter one from that starting point, and there already were ice surfaces in use.

That, of course, raises the question why bandy was more popular in Finland than in Norway. In the end, you'll just have to sum it up with intangible cultural differences. Also, mountainous countries tend to have a cultural bias to individual winter sports rather than team sports.

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I always thought Norway more of a sking/soccer nation..

even though Finland have been gettin a lot better at soccer lately..

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Finland is a flatter country with tons of lakes, so maybe that contributed.

Norway is extremely rugged.

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Finland is a flatter country with tons of lakes, so maybe that contributed.

Norway is extremely rugged.
Doesn't fly. Switzerland is as rugged as Norway yet it's got hockey tradition.

Finland has a tradition of ski jumpers, javelin throwers and auto racing ... neither connected to the nation's topography.

Norway's hockey history is a case of coincidence. In some places it happened (Switzerland, Czechoslovakia), in others it didn't.

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10-29-2007, 07:30 AM
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Norway has essentially zero organic environment for outdoor ice.

Norway's low level of interest in hockey predicates a low prioritization for government funding in the sport. Indoor rinks don't get build.

Norway prioritizes maximizing the number of medals they can attain in the Winter Olympics, and they are smart enough to know that getting a Gold in hockey would be a waste of resources because they could possibly get 20 Golds in speedskating with the same number of athletes

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Norway has essentially zero organic environment for outdoor ice.

Norway's low level of interest in hockey predicates a low prioritization for government funding in the sport. Indoor rinks don't get build.

Norway prioritizes maximizing the number of medals they can attain in the Winter Olympics, and they are smart enough to know that getting a Gold in hockey would be a waste of resources because they could possibly get 20 Golds in speedskating with the same number of athletes

I checked a map and it appears as though a large percentage of Norway's population is clustered in the southern and southwestern coasts. Are these areas too warm for outdoor rinks?

http://content.answers.com/main/cont..._density_2.gif

Because if so, it makes sense that hockey never really took off in the country.

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I always wondered why Finland is so active in almost every sport.
Doesn't matter what sport you follow, you always see atleast 1 Fin competing.

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Yeah I find it hard to believe as it is surrounded by hockey-mad nations like Sweden and Finland. I think that with Norway they are concentrated more on skiing and soccer and less on hockey.

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I always wondered why Finland is so active in almost every sport.
Doesn't matter what sport you follow, you always see atleast 1 Fin competing.
Same thing with Swedes, we're generally more into sports then Americans and other countries.

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It would be cool if Norwegians would join the hockey nations.

Atlthough, the contry whcih I would welcome even more eagerly to hockey family is UK/GB or just England. I think Brits, including Irishmen, would play rough brand of hockey. Must be tons of Brendan Shanahans and Owen Nolans there.

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