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.
All Scandinavia is for people who want to know
more about this fascinating collection of Nordic cultures. Unlike many other countries, the people of Scandinavia have been
isolated at times because of geography and their language. As supporters
of peace, theyve created an example for the rest of the world.
I've dedicated this site to all those whove
yearned to make their first trip to Norden, the North, and to all those
who have and have come away with a craving for more. All Scandinavia
aims to give you more of Scandinavia—its history, arts, culture,
cuisine, and its people—so on your first
or next visit, you, too, will appreciate all that it has to offer.
This site is meant to be an interactive one.
Youre encouraged to ask questions and even contribute tips about
places youve visited or people youve met. Just as visiting
Scandinavia can be an adventure, so this site is embarking on an
adventure of its own—to show
you all of Scandinavia.
If you'd like to contribute to this site,
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
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. Read
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