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Why are the Rinkeby and Ropsten testnets named after Swedish locations?

I know what they are but am wondering why they were named this way.

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    Maybe unrelated to Ethereum, but opinion based? I think you were too fast to close this one.
    – Ismael
    Oct 25 '17 at 2:52
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    I don't see how this is even unrelated, and definitely not opinion-based Oct 27 '17 at 7:32
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    This is about a historical fact of why or who named them. That’s what I want to know.
    – JohnAllen
    Oct 27 '17 at 7:33
  • The question alone is informative in that it conveys the origin of the testnets' names.
    – JohnAllen
    Nov 9 '17 at 2:12
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  • Morden: a subway station in London
  • Ropsten: a metro station in Stockholm
  • Rinkeby: a metro station in Stockholm
  • Kovan: a subway station in Singapore

Testnets are named after train stations as a convention, usually where the respective testnet maintainers are based from.

sources: 1, 2

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