Schedule: Most Wednesdays
Section/s: Strips 254-295
Website: The layout's as simple as it gets, with abundant white space around the strips and some basic navigation buttons. A template from one of the free webcomic hosting sites offers more personality than can be seen here. The special features are decent, though, with a forum, Wiki, and store, and the archives are easy to use since it shows thumbnails for every page.
Writing: Having just finished reviewing the Swedish webcomic What Birds Know, this popular Scandinavian gag comic caught my attention with its unusual title. In the style of political cartoons, figures are used to represent different nationalities and draw attention to various cultural differences.
All of the comic's gags fall into one of three categories. The most prevalent one's the referential humor (1, 2, 3), where a joke's delivery relies heavily on the reader's familiarity with the subject matter. This kind of humor's generally overused and poorly executed in webcomics, but the creator takes it a step further by referring to obscure events and stereotypes, making the gags difficult to impossible to understand without reading the accompanying commentary. The second type of comic, which is the rarest, is when characters are shown in goofy poses and costumes (1, 2, 3). These strips are more like miscellaneous illustrations than comics, and their existence is particularly problematic in context of the webcomic's lack of humor. The final group of comics are those that make fun of the United States, which make up a third of the recent strips (1, 2, 3). These comics portray America as an obnoxious, oversized manchild who's repeatedly humiliated and portrayed in a condescending manner. Since the America-bashing comics offer only minor variations of the same joke, they're the worst gags in the webcomic and get tedious quickly.
The strips making fun of the United States and other countries are clearly intended to be playful and humorous, but the pervasive negativity and lack of intelligent commentary prevent this approach from being effective. Throughout the comic, the Scandinavian protagonists are shown as being reasonable, modern, and likable (1, 2, 3), while the other countries are shown as being backwards, stupid, and abrasive. In addition, the webcomic trivializes Jewish and Muslim orthodoxy, portrays Muslims as thieves, and the only strip I saw that includes a black person has a white character dress up in blackface. Also, America is colored as having dark skin, which further establishes its inferiority to the white Europeans. So, instead of showing Scandinavians as being normal people that the reader can relate to, the creator inadvertently makes them seem arrogant and racist. The comic's also hypocritical in the way it berates Americans for being dismissive of other cultures, while the comic constantly portrays non-Scandinavian cultures in a negative way.
Art: It reminds me of VG Cats, which relies heavily on goofy facial expressions for its humor. While the facial expressions here are pretty good, the amount of detail's much worse than in VG Cats, as the colors are flat, there aren't any backgrounds, and the characters are usually drawn waist-up and without arms. The occasional objects that show up are poorly drawn, and the creator frequently copy-pastes figures. But despite the quick, doodly nature of the artwork, the webcomic's been updating less than once a week so far this year.
As underwhelming as the artwork is, it's not because the creator can't do any better. The comic's store has several posters with shaded, full-body artwork that have backgrounds and look better than anything in the actual webcomic. And the creator's DeviantArt site has plenty of artwork in a variety of styles that are much better than anything in the webcomic. It's clear that the art seen in this comic represents the bare minimum the creator's capable of, with barely any improvement being noticeable in the four-plus years it's been updating.
Overall: Scandinavia and the World is a lazy, uncreative endeavor that has zero potential for improvement. It could've been somewhat decent if was created as a positive portrayal of Scandinavia, but the strips are so fixated on insulting minorities and people in other countries that it comes off as being mean-spirited and distasteful.