Geographically speaking, Finland and Iceland are not a part of the Scandinavian peninsula, and therefore not truly Scandinavian countries. To fix the divide, the French stepped in to diplomatically smooth out the terminology by dubbing Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, Nordic countries.
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.
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.
Finland, according to some Finns I know, is not part of Scandinavia, which comprises Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Together with Iceland and Finland (and the Faroes), they together form the Nordic Countries.
Two reasons: Geography: Finland isn’t a part of the Scandinavian peninsula. Language/Culture: The countries of Sweden, Denmark and Norway are traditionally Scandinavian, i.e. they speak North Germanic (Scandinavian) languages.
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.
The name Scandinavia would then mean “dangerous island”, which is considered to be a reference to the treacherous sandbanks surrounding Scania. Skanör in Scania, with its long Falsterbo reef, has the same stem (skan) combined with -ör, which means “sandbanks”.
Is Greenland a country?
Greenland is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark. Although Greenland is geographically a part of the North American continent, it has been politically and culturally associated with Europe for about a millennium.
When referencing the geographic region of Scandinavia, there are three countries: Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. Greenland, which is a Danish territory, and the Faroe Islands, which is a self-governing part of Denmark, are also included in the list.
Is Greenland a Nordic country?
The Nordic region, or Norden, may be defined as consisting of the five sovereign states Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, plus the three autonomous territories connected to these states: the Faroe Islands and Greenland (Denmark) and Åland (Finland).
Northern Europe also includes, in addition to the Nordic countries, the Baltic states, with the definition sometimes expanded to include the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man as well.
The Baltic Countries and Greenland
All three countries lie on the Baltic sea (hence the name) along with Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland, and Russia. … Neither the Baltic countries nor Greenland is considered Scandinavian or Nordic.
Modern North Germanic ethnic groups are the Danes, Faroese people, Icelanders, Norwegians and Swedes. These ethnic groups are often referred to as Scandinavians. Although North Germanic, Icelanders and the Faroese, and even the Danes, are sometimes not included as Scandinavians.
Is Iceland part of Denmark?
After the dissolution of Denmark–Norway Iceland was a part of the Kingdom of Denmark from 1814 to 1918 and a separate kingdom in a personal union with Denmark until 1944, when Iceland declared independence.