From the New York Times' house lexicographer Ben Schott comes this weeks GWOW, Schwedenkrimi:
Swedish crime literature has become a phenomenon in Europe, so much so that the Germans have invented a new word for it: “Schwedenkrimi.”
The popularity of crime fiction is a variable in the following Cultural Paradox Formula:
K * M = B * SS
K = popularity of crime novels (Krimi in German).
M = 'Metal' of any description (death metal, speed metal) as a percentage of country's local musical output.
B = reputed / actual boringness of country's inhabitants.
SS = level of overall safety and security of ordinary citizens' lives.