While the term “Scandinavia” is commonly used for Denmark, Norway and Sweden, the term “Nordic countries” is used unambiguously for Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland, including their associated territories (Svalbard, Greenland, the Faroe Islands and the Åland Islands).
Is Norse Scandinavian?
Norse mythology is the body of myths of the North Germanic peoples, stemming from Norse paganism and continuing after the Christianization of Scandinavia, and into the Scandinavian folklore of the modern period.
What defines a Scandinavian country?
Scandinavia is a group of countries in northern Europe that includes Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The term is most often used linguistically, to mean places that speak Scandinavian languages (also called the North Germanic languages). Norway, Sweden and some of Finland are on this peninsula.
Why are they called Nordic countries?
The reason Denmark, Norway and Sweden are known a Scandinavian countries is the Scandinavian peninsula, not the other way around. The origin of the name is generally agreed to come from the district known today as Scania in southern Sweden. (Skåne in Scandinavian languages.)
What is the difference between Norwegian and Swedish?
Danish and Norwegian are very similar, or indeed almost identical when it comes to vocabulary, but they sound very different from one another. Norwegian and Swedish are closer in terms of pronunciation, but the words differ. Conversations between Swedes and Danes in particular are known to be a bit awkward.