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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 Bob Brooke

Bob Brooke, author.I got my first taste of Scandinavia during a stopover in Finland on my way to and from Russia. Since then, I've written about and researched the history and culture of this fascinating region.

As a writer, I find Scandinavia fascinating, a treasure of endless subject matter. Over the last 30 years, I've published over 4,500 articles on a variety of international destinations, covering every aspect of their cultures, for many national and  international newspapers and magazines, including Discover Mexico, Travel Mexico, Business Traveller(UK), Hispanic Magazine, The New York PostExecutive Traveler, among others. In researching material for my articles, I've traveled to over 75 countries by every means and have stayed in all types of accommodations. A photographer as well, I've captured the nuances that make each destination endearing to my readers.

Come along with me as I explore all of Scandinavia, from the cosmopolitan cultures of its cities to its rustic rural farmlands and picturesque coastlines. Read the history, see the arts, taste the food. But, above all, meet the Scandinavian people. You’ll be glad you did.








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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 Norway
from Aftenposten
News from Denmark
News from Sweden
from the SR International 
News from Finland
from Finnish News Agency STT
News from Iceland
from The Iceland Review
All news is in English


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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