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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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, they’ve created an example for the rest of the world.

I've dedicated this site to all those who’ve 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 peopleso 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. You’re encouraged to ask questions and even contribute tips about places you’ve visited or people you’ve 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.

Read about Bob Brooke, author of All Scandinavia.


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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.

Read more about Swedish burials.

News from Norway
from The Norway Post
News from Denmark

from The Local - Denmark
News from Sweden
from The Local - Sweden
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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