Usually Scandinavia is associated with winter sports and fjords; countries inhabited by tall, statuesque blondes and Vikings. Yet there is so much more to these Northern countries. We’ve compiled a list of strange, silly and superb Scandinavian facts. Read on!
During Norway’s Polar Nights, the sun is up for only 3 hours a day in some parts (and not at all in others).
Denmark doesn’t do mountains. Their tallest ‘hill’ is a mere 170 meters high. It’s called Møllehøj.
The most popular souvenir in Sweden is the commonly seen “moose-crossing” warning sign. Many are stolen from the roadside every year.
In Denmark, if you’re not married by the age of 30 you get a pepper shaker as a gift. Men are called Pepperman (“pebersvend”) and females Peppermaid (“pebermø”). We don’t know why…
Sweden is a trailblazer when it comes to inventions and innovations. The zipper, the fridge, the pacemaker and the computer mouse are Swedish. Not forgetting IKEA and H&M. The stylish lot.
The inventors of LEGO® got things started in Billund, Denmark in 1932 manufacturing not toy bricks, but stepladders! Naturally, Billund is now the home of Legoland Theme Park.
You herd it here first. The world’s largest population of arctic reindeer herders can be found in Norway!
Norway is just a little bit larger than the US state New Mexico and two thirds of Norway are mountain regions.
Just have a look at the map above.
During Easter in Sweden, which is a well-known holiday here, children dress up and go from home to home asking for candy, similar to Halloween!
During Midsummer, the Swedes dance around a maypole and sing songs where they pretend to be frogs, pigs, horses… ridiculously catchy too, if you’re lucky enough to get to experience this, you’ll be humming the songs for the rest of your holiday.
The Danes were recently crowned as the happiest people in the world
The Swedes recycle so much of their waste, so they have to import it from Norway so they can fuel their energy programs.
In 2008, Norway knighted a penguin! The penguin in question is called Nils Olav and prior to his knighthood, was promoted to Colonel in Chief of the Norwegian Army.
The Danes eat more pasta than any other country in the world.
14 Funny Facts about Scandinavia, compiled by Admin