Scandinavia--Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Finland--is blessed with five distinct, yet related, cultures.

Learn about the stories behind the legends, about the countries, and most of all about the people.


"We sailed our ships to any shore that offered the best hope of booty; we feared no fellow on earth..."
Saga of Arrow-Odd

What is Gjetost?
A town in Sweden.
Brown goat cheese.
The word for "hello" in

Roasted fish.
The word for ghost in

Correct answer?
OSLO - Norway

Clustered around the head of the 68-mile-long Oslofjord, Oslo is probably the most spacious city in the world. Its 175-square-mile metropolitan area consists of over 75 percent forests and five percent water. Its fine deep harbor, Pipervika, stretches into the heart of the city and from it leave ferries to Denmark and Germany.

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Feature: Stavanger
Featured City: Oslo
Food: The Great NordicDiet
          Swedish Semla
          Norwegian Cuisine
          Canned Sardines
History: The Round Tower
Arts:   Vigeland Park, Oslo
          Georg Jensen
People: Henrik Ibsen    
News: Happiest Countries          

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Ageless Design of Alvar Aalto, The
Alvar Aalto's Story, The
Beauty of Scandinavian Pewter, The
Blissful Finnish Sauna, The
Copenhagen's Rundetarn: The Round Tower
Copenhagen—wonderful Copenhagen
Founding of Iceland, The
Scandinavian Countries Named to Top 10 HappiestCountries
Georg Jensen: Silversmith Extraordinaire
Great Nordic Diet, The NEW!
Greenland: Western Outpost of Scandinavia
Hans Christian Andersen: Magical Storyteller
Henrik Ibsen—Norway's Master Playwright NEW!
History of Iceland's Sagas, The
Lefse Tradition, The
Mysterious Elsinore: Hamlet’s Legendary Castle or Not?
Mythical Viking Sunstone Found NEW!
Natural Origins of Scandinavia, The Norden--The North
Ombudsman Fights for the Rights of Individuals
Scandinavia's Greatest Archaeological Treasure
Scandinavian Cuisine: A Communion With Nature
Scandinavian Hospitality: A Hallowed Tradition
Sculpting the Human Condition NEW!
Skal! Norwegian Drinking Laws
Smorgasbord, The: A Mirror of Scandinavian Cuisine
Stavanger—Norway's Secret  NEW!
Stave Churches of Norway
Swedish Burials Equal for All
The King of Canned Fish NEW!
Village Where the Past is Present, The
What's in an Icelandic Name?
Who Are the Scandinavians?








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Every year about 95 000 people die in Sweden and, according to the law, everyone must be buried. There must be room for everyone in the cemeteries, therefore the future needs of space have to be predicted. Because of this funerals must be part of the planning process.

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News from Sweden
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News from Finland
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News from Iceland
from The Iceland Review
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In the early Middle Ages, driven by famine at home and the promise of wealth to be had in other lands, the Vikings set out from Scandinavia to conquer parts of England, Ireland, France, Russia, and even Turkey. Bolstered by their successes, the Vikings pushed westward, eventually crossing the North Atlantic and founding settlements in Iceland, Greenland, and Newfoundland in Canada.
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