German Word of the Week (Outsourced): Schwedenkrimi

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.

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