Today, a Swedish friend (Richard Svahn) sent me some pictures of Conan O'Brien and the Finnish president Tarja Halunen (here's more). This is funny, of course, but I was more struck by the amount of Conan-specific noise on this one particular Finnish blog called Finland for Thought:
And this is all since the 13th of February---the day before Conan went to visit the Finnish president.
The tagline of the blog is "Politics, current events, culture - In Finland & United States," which I suppose does cover Conan O'Brien. However, 45% of all content on the first two pages is devoted to Conan O'Brien. Furthermore there are hundreds of megabytes of Conan video clips and at least 187 comments--JUST POSTED IN THE PAST FEW DAYS! Perhaps a new tagline should be considered.
Don't get me wrong, I love Conan, but this seems a little unhealthy for the proud country of Finland. As an outside observer, I think it's a bit overboard.
I will say this, if Finland is worried about an infiltration of American culture, I can't think of a better ambassador than Conan O'Brien (1, 2) to spearhead an American cultural invasion.