The last German military communications decoded at Bletchley Park in World War Two have been revealed to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. They were broadcast on 7 May 1945 by a military radio network making its final stand in Cuxhaven on Germany's North Sea coast. The message reports the arrival of British troops and ends: "Closing down for ever - all the best - goodbye." After Germany surrendered, VE Day was declared the next day. In 1944, this German military radio network, codenamed BROWN, had extended across Europe sending reports about the development of experimental weapons.
Excerpted from Digital Renaissance: What Data and Economics Tell Us About the Future of Popular Culture by Joel Waldfogel. I enjoy Mads Mikkelsen movies. But because I live in the United States, and because many of his movies are in Danish, I don't have the opportunity to watch them at my local cinema. Nordic global reach wasn't always so negligible: Viking explorers from present-day Norway, Sweden, and Denmark once enjoyed 300 years of trade and plunder around much of Europe--and remained a powerful international presence until the Norman Conquest of 1066 and the widespread embrace of Christianity in Scandinavia. With the exceptions of Volvo, Saab, North Sea oil, and ABBA, the export of culture from Scandinavia, which makes up less than 3 percent of Europe's population, has been mostly quiet for a millennium.