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Frozen harbour in Helsinki, Finland

16 Fun Facts About Finland

Learn something new about Norway’s Nordic neighbours Finland. Here are 16 Finland facts to impress your family and friends. Continuing our tour of Scandinavia and the Nordic region, it’s time to look at Finland. The heavily...
Northern lights in Iceland

15 Fun Facts About Iceland

Learn something new about Norway’s Nordic sibling Iceland, the land of fire and ice. Continuing our tour of Scandinavia and the Nordic region, it’s time to look at Iceland. The volcanic island in the north Atlantic...
A map of Scandinavia

The English Language in Scandinavia

If you've ever visited Scandinavia, it's hard not to miss the popularity of the English language. We take a look at the role of the English language in Norway and Scandinavia today. Along with the Dutch,...
Scandinavian socialism symbol

Scandinavian ‘Socialism’: The Truth of the Nordic Model

Global media (especially in the US) likes to portray Norway and Scandinavia as socialist. But “cuddly capitalism” is a much more accurate term. Let's take a look at the truth of the Nordic model. Depending on...
Norwegian American flag combines the flags of Norway and USA

The Scandinavian American Story

Throughout America, many people celebrate Norwegian and Scandinavian culture. Let's take a look at the reason so many Americans claim Scandinavian heritage–and how they choose to celebrate it. Because of mass migration more than 100 years...
Close-up of a Scandinavian runestone in Sweden

Scandinavian Runestones: Viking History in Plain Sight

Discover the most impressive runestones from the Viking Age and even earlier. This historic form of writing can be seen all across Scandinavia to this day. The recent discovery of several Viking ship graves in Norway...
Canal scene in Aarhus, Denmark

A Weekend in Aarhus, Denmark

Looking for a weekend away from Norway? Aarhus is easy to get to from Oslo and packed with cultural attractions, yet with none of the Copenhagen crowds. After many years travelling Norway and literally writing the...
Northern lights in the Nordic region of northern Europe

The Nordic Region Explained

The Nordics is a term often thrown around when discussing Scandinavia and northern Europe. Let's take a look at which countries comprise the Nordic region, and what makes them different. Northern Europe is a vast region...
Phallic stone in Rollsbo, Sweden

Rock Hard: Phallic Stone Excites Swedes

Archaeologists recently uncovered a phallic standing stone found near Gothenburg. People can’t help but notice a resemblance, but it’s not as big as Norway’s… It’s not often we cover a story from over the border, but...
Welcome to Scandinavia

Scandinavia: Places, People & History of Northern Europe

Known around the world for its social democracy and spectacular scenery, Scandinavia is a fascinating region of northern Europe. Let's take a closer look. When I first moved to Norway, I had a very stereotypical view...