The truths and the myths of widely-held views about Scandinavian people. What comes into your mind when you hear the word Scandinavia? Is your view of the Nordic people defined from experience? Or is it defined by things your parents told you, or what you've seen in the media or read online? A question of perspective Stereotyping of Scandinavian people differs greatly depending on your … [Read more...]
The Scandinavia Blog
A blog all about the wider Scandinavian region in Northern Europe.
It's impossible to publish a website about Norway without mentioning our Scandinavian brothers and sisters!
The three Scandinavian countries share so much - music, culture, history, language, cuisine - that we've created this dedicated blog to answer some of the most common questions we get about the region.
Urban areas in Scandinavia are defined by their unique architecture, green spaces, efficient public transit systems and an overall approach to sustainability. No one city is particularly big in world terms. In fact, international visitors to the region are often shocked at how compact and easy to get around the urban areas are. Biggest cities in Scandinavia It can sometimes be difficult to … [Read more...]
The climate of northern Europe is known to be cold, but the temperatures are not as low as its northerly latitude might suggest. Given the northerly latitudes of much of the Scandinavian peninsular, people often expect the region to be bitterly cold for much of the year. While snow is commonplace in the winters, temperatures can be surprisingly mild. How cold is Scandinavia? Firstly, … [Read more...]
The Nordic cross features on the flags of all three Scandinavian countries and their Nordic neighbours. A nation's flag is such an evocative symbol. Its patterns and colours immediately evoke strong feelings in its citizens, and strong stereotypes in others. What do you think of when you see the stars and stripes of the United States? How about the arabic inscription and sword of the flag of … [Read more...]
Norway, Sweden and Denmark are the three Scandinavian countries, with Nordic nations Finland and Iceland sometimes included in a broader definition. The words Scandinavia, Nordic and northern Europe are used interchangeably by some, but they are in actual fact three distinct regions of Europe. Norway and Sweden share the Scandinavian peninsula, which stretches from way north of the Arctic … [Read more...]
A quick geography lesson. Don't feel embarrassed! Judging by the amount of email we get on a daily basis, you are not the only person who can't place Scandinavia on a map. Of course, much of the reason for this is that Scandinavia is not one country. It is three, and by some definitions four, or even five countries. Here at the blog we define the region as Norway, Denmark and Sweden. So based … [Read more...]
A growing number of residents of Norway are considering a cruise vacation away from Scandinavia. A recent Scandinavian survey shows that Norwegian interest in cruise travel is increasing. The responses also show that Norwegians differ from Swedes and Danes as cruise tourists. According to the cruise company's international organization (CLIA), around 26 million people worldwide will cruise in … [Read more...]
Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo vie for attention, but which stands tallest? Of course, it's a ridiculous question really, like asking what is the capital of Europe. Brits would say London, the French would claim Paris, Spaniards Mardid, Italians Rome, and Germans Berlin. Brussels has a claim as the home of the EU political class, but the biggest European city in terms of population is actually … [Read more...]
What is the difference between Scandinavia and the Nordics? It’s time for a geography lesson! Chris talked me into visiting Helsinki last year for a spot of Christmas shopping (jumpers, hats, mittens and thermals first on the list). As we discussed flights, I referred to Finland as Scandinavia, and immediately corrected myself. Chris asked why, so rather than reply I thought a blog post was in … [Read more...]
This is the story of Humon, a 26 year old budding cartoonist from Denmark. In 2009 she posted this piece of artwork on deviantART: Scandinavia and The World was born! The comics tell the story of the relationship between the Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Denmark and Norway - and their relationship with the rest of the world - through the lens of stereotypes. At first it struck me as … [Read more...]