Which Scandinavian Country Do You Belong In? [Quiz]

It’s easy to lump Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland all together under the big Scandinavian umbrella – they have similar looking flags, related languages, a shared Viking history, and they get quite cold in the winter! But each country has its own distinct culture, traditions, and eccentricities which distinguish them from each other. Before you hop on a plane, it’s important to know which country is the best for YOU!

Which Scandinavian country suits you best? Are you an adventurous Icelander or a nature-loving Norwegian? Take the quiz to find out which Scandinavian country you belong in!

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Anna Guastello
14 Aug 2014

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28 thoughts on “Which Scandinavian Country Do You Belong In? [Quiz]

  1. Hans Ranum says:

    FYI, Iceland is not a Scandinavian Country. Denmark, Norway and Sweden are Scandinavian. Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland are Nordic countries.

    1. Ben Posetti says:

      We cheekily include Iceland in our mix because we’re proud of our Icelandic author Thorbjörg :)

  2. Gina Marie says:

    There ARE 5 Scandinavian countries! Norway, Denmark, Sweden, FINALAND & Iceland. There are even DOCUMENTARIES on this subject. My friends from Finland are insulted that you left them out. (btw, fyi, Greenland is part of Denmark.)

  3. Gina Marie, you are so wrong. As Mr. Ranum says in his comment there are three Scandinavian countries, Norway, Denmark and Sweden and five Nordic countries, the Scandinavian ones + Iceland and Finland.

    What documentaries are you referring to? Link(s) would be nice. I would imagine that someone who’s lived in Scandinavia his/her whole life would know this, wouldn’t they? Or do you believe we’re making this up? Btw, why do you think it is called the Nordic Council (http://www.norden.org/en) and not the Scandinavian Council?

  4. Scandinavia has 3 countries( Norway, Sweden and Denmark). Scandinavia are also included in the Nordic, that with Finland and Iceland totals of 5 countries.

  5. Kikki Hiiri says:

    Finland and Iceland are not part of Scandinavia. Any Finn who is insulted of being left out should have paid more attention in school.

  6. @Gina Marie: No there are 3 Scandinavian countries: Norway, Sweden & Denmark. Those three together with Finland & Iceland form the NORDIC countries. There is a difference :)

  7. Jamie Qualls says:

    Why is Finland not in this quiz?

  8. actually…look at the map: the scandinavian half-island only contains Norway and Sweden….the rest is just neighbours…here, we like to call our selv: “Norden”…look it up.

  9. Arto Parikka says:

    Scandinavia includes the three kingdoms of Norway, Denmark and Sweden. Nordic countries include Finland, Sweden, Norway (also norwegian Svalbard), Denmark (Faroe Islands & Greenland, both Danish), Iceland. Also self-governed (or autonomous region of Finland) Åland Islands are part of Nordic countries.

  10. This is so much debated 😉 . Officially -geographically- only a part of Finland belongs to the Scandinavian area, but culture-wise Finland can be counted as a Scandinavian country. The word “Scandinavia” seems to gave many meanings. (Originally Scandinavian area was established with an intention to exclude Finland) :)

  11. The name Scandinavia originates from the Latin word Scania (Skåne) which is the southern region of Sweden, formerly a Danish area. The Scandinavian countries (and kingdoms)includes Norway Sweden and Denmark as mentioned above. The Nordic countries also includes Iceland and Finland. The Scandinavian Peninsula (different from Scandinavia)includes Norway, Sweden and parts of Finland. The article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scandinavia gives a fairly correct description of this.

  12. Natasha Lund says:

    I’m Danish and got Sweden…. Well, I picked the things I would say was Danish.

  13. Fabio Deluca says:

    Arto Parikka: Greenland -better said, Kalaallit Nunaat- is not part of Scandinavia nor a Nordic country. It used to be a colony of Denmark (now it has been granetd a high level of autonomy), but it doesn’t mean it’s part of Scandinavia. Geographically, it’s part of the Americas. And almost 90% of the people living there are inuit (native American people). The Danes only make less than 10% of the current population…

  14. Steve Gysler says:

    Nordic countries, Scandinavia, blah, blah, blah. Can’t all of us Vikings just get along? I would include Minnesota and North Dakota in the mix. They are States, too. They just belong to a greater federation.

  15. Steve Gysler says:

    Now, if you were debating who are the true Vikings, I would have to say the Norwegians. The rest are just tag-a-longs. The Viking spirit is still alive in Norway – just look at the results of the last Winter Olympics.

  16. Siw Connie says:

    Right, Iceland is NOT Scandinavia!

  17. Scandinavia has 5 countries geography.about.com/od/europemaps/tp/scandinavia.htm

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  20. Scandinavia is a large region of Northern Europe that is mainly made up of the Scandinavian Peninsula. As such, it includes the countries of Norway and Sweden. In addition, Denmark, Finland and Iceland are also included in Scandinavia. Geographically, the Scandinavian Peninsula is the largest peninsula in Europe and it extends from above the Arctic Circle at 66.5°N latitude south to the North and Baltic Seas.

    The following is a list of the five countries comprising Scandinavia and a little bit of information about each of them. All information was obtained from the Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook.
    Norway Flag – Source: CIA World Factbook, 2007
    The Norway flag is red with a blue cross outlined in white that extends to the edges of the flag; the vertical part of the cross is shifted to the hoist side in the style of the Dannebrog (Danish flag). Source: CIA World Factbook, 2007
    1. Norway
    Norway is located in Northern Europe on the Scandinavian Peninsula between the North Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. It has an area of 125,020 square miles (323,802 sq km) and 15,626 miles (25,148 km) of coastline. Norway’s topography is varied with high plateaus and rugged, glaciated mountain ranges that are separated by fertile valleys and plains. It also has a rugged coastline that is made up of many fjords. Its climate is temperate along the coast due to the North Atlantic Current, while inland it is cold and wet.

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    Sweden Flag – Source: CIA World Factbook, 2007
    The Sweden flag is blue with a golden yellow cross extending to the edges of the flag; the vertical part of the cross is shifted to the hoist side in the style of the Dannebrog (Danish flag). Source: CIA World Factbook, 2007
    2. Sweden
    Sweden is also located in Northern Europe on the Scandinavian Peninsula. It is bordered to the west by Norway and Finland to the east and it is along the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Bothnia. Sweden covers an area of 173,860 square miles (450,295 sq km) and it has 1,999 miles (3,218 km) of coastline. The topography of Sweden flat to rolling lowlands as well as mountains in its western areas near Norway. Its highest point, Kebnekaise at 6,926 feet (2,111 m) is located there. The climate of Sweden is temperate in the south and subarctic in the north.

    The capital and largest city in Sweden is Stockholm which is located on its east coast. Sweden has a population of 9,074,055 (July 2010 estimate). It also has a strong, developed economy. More »
    Denmark Flag – Source: CIA World Factbook, 2007
    The Denmark flag is red with a white cross that extends to the edges of the flag; the vertical part of the cross is shifted to the hoist side (this design element was subsequently adopted by Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden). Source: CIA World Factbook, 2007
    3. Denmark
    Denmark is located in Northern Europe north of Germany. It has coastlines which cover 4,545 miles (7,314 km) that are along the Baltic and North Seas. The total land area of Denmark is 16,638 square miles (43,094 sq km). This area includes the mainland of Denmark as well as two large islands that are called Sjaelland and Fyn. The topography of Denmark consists mostly of low and flat plains. The highest point in Denmark is Mollehoj/Ejer Bavnehoj at 561 feet (171 m), while its lowest point is Lammefjord at -23 feet (-7 m). The climate of Denmark is mainly temperate and it has cool but humid summers and windy, mild winters.

    The capital of Denmark is Copenhagen and the country has a population of 5,515,575 (July 2010 estimate). More »
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    Finland Flag – Source: CIA World Factbook, 2007
    The Finland flag is white with a blue cross extending to the edges of the flag; the vertical part of the cross is shifted to the hoist side in the style of the Dannebrog (Danish flag). Source: CIA World Factbook, 2007
    4. Finland
    Finland is a Northern European country that is located between Sweden and Russia and northern border with Norway. It covers a total land area of 130,558 square miles (338,145 sq km) and has 776 miles (1,250 km) of coastline. Finland has coasts along Baltic Sea, the Gulf of Bothnia and the Gulf of Finland. The topography of Finland consists of low rolling plains as well as many lakes. The highest point in Finland is Haltiatunturi at 4,357 feet (1,328 m). Finland’s climate is cold temperate and as such, it is relatively mild despite its high latitude. This is due to the moderating influence of the North Atlantic Current and many lakes.

    The population of Finland is 5,255,068 (July 2010 estimate) and its capital is Helsinki. More »
    Iceland Flag – Source: CIA World Factbook, 2007
    The Iceland flag is blue with a red cross outlined in white extending to the edges of the flag; the vertical part of the cross is shifted to the hoist side in the style of the Dannebrog (Danish flag). Source: CIA World Factbook, 2007
    5. Iceland
    Iceland is an island nation located in Northern Europe just south of the Arctic Circle. By most accounts it is considered a Scandinavian country. It has a total land area of 39,768 square miles (103,000 sq km) and a coastline that covers 3,088 miles (4,970 km). The topography of Iceland is varied and it is one of the most volcanic regions in the world. As such it has a rugged landscape with hot springs, sulphur beds, geysers, lava fields, canyons and waterfalls. There are also many active volcanoes in Iceland. Iceland’s climate is temperate and it is moderated by the Gulf Stream. It has mild, windy winters and wet, cool summers.

  21. Hans Ranum says:

    I find it peculiar that some of you are having such a hard time understanding, that Scandinavian countries ONLY include Denmark, Norway and Sweden. It even looks like you’ve done extensive research to look up facts about Scandinavia and the Nordic countries, so I wonder how you could’ve missed such basic knowledge.

    @Steve Gysler: Hah!!!! The Danes were the real Vikings! They controlled everything and set off the entire Viking age at Lindisfarne in 793. 😉

  22. About Finland in the Scandinavian context – I’m of course aware of the fact that Scandinavia officially constitutes Sweden, Norway and Denmark, but it’s interesting how people today tend to forget that Finland was the eastern part of Sweden for around 700 years and that there still is a small but culturally very affluent and active Swedish-speaking minority in Finland. Finnish itself is linguistically very distant of course, but the historical, societal and cultural links to Sweden are present everywhere in everyday life. I mean, take a walk in Helsinki/Helsingfors and notice all the bilingual signs everywhere or hear the bilingual announcements on board the metro, trams and trains, watch YLE Fem on TV, read Hufvudstadsbladet, etc. There is a Swedish connection in almost everything in Finland.

  23. Big Ulf says:

    I’m a year late but good to see the correction to this quiz, which is really silly. Anyone who does 2 seconds of research will see that Scandinavia is the 3 countries (NOR, SWE, DEN) and Nordic Countries are the 5 (Scandi + FIN and ICE).

    The poor guy who posted ‘proof’ of what Scandinavia is by copying from the CIA World Factbook…Americans are often wrong about international matters, and here’s just one more example:)

  24. “you belong in Sweden”. hell no, I am norwegian hahaha

  25. Iceland is the newest continent and mix of scandinavian, Irish and Scottish. Not Europe or America and was newer geographically attached to neither. Greenland is American.