Scandinavian Life

We hear the term Smörgåsbord used all of the time and in many different contexts – from a football commentary or to describing the wide range of art on display at an art gallery! So what does it actually mean? Quite literally, in Swedish, smör means butter, gås means goose. Smörgås means (slice of) bread and butter and bord is table. Simple! So Smörgåsbord describes a range of open sandwiches and delicacies served as hors d’oeuvres or a buffet.

Did you know? Facts about Scandinavia

The Northern lights or ‘aurora’ is a natural light display in the Earth’s sky, predominantly seen in high-latitude regions.

The most popular souvenir in Sweden is the commonly seen “moose-crossing” warning sign along roads. Swedes replace thousands of these traffic signs each year!

The world’s largest population of Arctic reindeer herders can be found in Norway.

While Finland is called “The Land of the 1,000 lakes”, the country has more than 188,000 lakes with 98,000 islands.

In Denmark, a flag is flown outside when it’s someone’s birthday.

In Norway’s dark winter during the Polar Nights, the sun is up for only 3 hours a day in some parts – and in others, it doesn’t come up at all – a phenomenon which is said to affect and slow pregnancies in Norwegian women.

Danish pastries aren’t Danish, but Viennese.

The reason Denmark, Norway and Sweden are known as Scandinavian countries is the Scandinavian peninsula, not the other way round. The origin of the name is generally agreed to come from the district known today as Scania in Southern Sweden.

Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, has sidewalks that are heated by geothermal heat in the winter.