In the ethnic or cultural sense the term “Scandinavian” traditionally refers to speakers of Scandinavian languages, who are mainly descendants of the peoples historically known as Norsemen, but also to some extent of immigrants and others who have been assimilated into that culture and language.
Scandinavian means belonging or relating to a group of northern European countries that includes Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, or to the people, languages, or culture of those countries.
If you’re speaking of a specific current geographic or political context, “Scandinavia” means the region that includes Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and the Faroe Islands. If you’d like to include Finland and Iceland in that same context, use the word “Nordic.”
Scandinavia is known for
- Coastal Scenery. Scoured by glaciers, speckled with islands and buffeted by wind and rain, the Nordic coastlines are spectacular. …
- Hiking. …
- Cycling. …
- Vikings. …
- Winter Wonders. …
- Canoeing & Kayaking. …
- Modern Art & Architecture. …
- Historic Buildings & Churches.
In general, Scandinavia denotes Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. The term Norden refers to Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. These form a group of countries having affinities with each other and are distinct from the rest of continental Europe.
In the academic world, “Viking” is used for people of Scandinavian origin or with Scandinavian connections who were active in trading and settlement as well as piracy and raiding, both within and outside Scandinavia in the period 750-1100.
They first settled on the flat expanses of Denmark and in the south of Sweden. Other parts of Europe were already populated at this time. The first-known Scandinavian was the Koelbjerg Man, dated to around 8,000 BC. His body was recovered from a bog in Koelbjerg, Denmark, just outside of Odense.
Scandinavians are punctual people, and this punctuality takes over all their daily habits as well. Just as they will arrive on time for a business meeting or a dinner party, you can rest assured that they will also never keep you waiting for a date. So do the decent thing, and don’t be late either!
Geographically, Finland could be considered Scandinavian and at one time was a part of the Swedish Kingdom. … Most Finns are Lutherans, as Scandinavians used to be. However, Finnish is not a Scandinavian language and Finns are ethnically distinct from Scandinavians.
Were Vikings called Vikings?
Vikings didn’t call themselves “Vikings,” as this term doesn’t apply to any specific group or tribe of people. … The word viking meant “piracy” or “freebooting voyage” in Old Norse and was something one would do, rather than a personal descriptor—”go on a viking.”
Large amounts of Scandinavian DNA could indicate a recent Scandinavian ancestor, especially if you tested with Ancestry DNA and were assigned a sub-region of Scandinavia. … It is theoretically possible to have inherited small amounts from many different ancestors.
In the current scenario, while the term ‘Scandinavia’ is commonly used for Denmark, Norway and Sweden, the term “Nordic countries” is vaguely used for Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland, including their associated territories of Greenland, the Faroe Islands and the Åland Islands.
Scandinavian languages, also called North Germanic languages, group of Germanic languages consisting of modern standard Danish, Swedish, Norwegian (Dano-Norwegian and New Norwegian), Icelandic, and Faroese.
What are the characteristics of Scandinavians? The physical traits of the Nordics were described as light eyes, light skin, tall stature, and dolichocephalic skull; the psychological traits as truthful, equitable, competitive, naive, reserved, and individualistic.
Obviously, Scotland isn’t part of Scandinavia like Denmark, Norway and Sweden. … The usual definition of the Nordic countries includes only Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Greenland, the Faeroe Islands and the Åland Islands.