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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A traditional Norwegian method of curing fresh salmon.
Makes 4-12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes

2 lbs salmon fillets, boned and preferably from the center of the fish

Rub the fillets with a mixture of:

1/4 cup kosher salt
1/4 cup sugar
12 tablespoon dried dill (or 2x that in fresh)
45 dashes black pepper


Lay a LARGE sheet of plastic wrap over the dish. Mix Rub ingredients in a small bowl-- if using fresh dill, chop it up and rub it on the fish first. Lay fish, skin side down, on the lined dish, evenly spread rub over fish, with more in the thicker areas of the fillet. Wrap plastic up and over the fish. Place second dish on top, place weight on top of second dish. Refrigerate for 48-72 hrs. Check every 12 hrs or so to see if dish needs to be drained. Remove fish from package, scrape off remaining rub, cut into very thin slices across the bias, stopping at the skin.

Serve with bagels, horseradish cream dressing, capers, more dill, greens, vinaigrette, honey mustard, bread rounds.  








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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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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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