Scandinavia is a region in Northern Europe that consists of the three countries Denmark
Scandinavia is a region in Northern Europe that consists of the three countries Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Finland. These countries are ethnocultural so they posses a wide range of religions, cultures, and foreign backgrounds. These nations are also known as the “Nordic Countries”, as they are the homelands of the sea raiders/farmers we know today as Vikings. As of 2017, the total population of the region is estimated to be around 21 million, with the majority living in urban areas.
Each country is ruled by a different government and or monarchy. The prime Minister of Sweden is Stefan Lofven, while Harald V is king of Norway, and Margrethe II the Queen of Denmark. These countries monarchs act more as a government figure head, deciding little in the actual goings on and decisions in their government. Instead, their powers are focused more on the military defense of their respective nations.
The geography of the region varies in each nation. Sweden is filled with lakes while Denmark is mostly flat, fertile farmland. Norway is surrounded with small rocky islands and the rest of the land in between in between is nothing but mountainous terrain. Southern Scandinavia resides within the boundaries of the Arctic Circle, making its winters far longer and colder than anything we experience. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Norway was -52 degrees Celsius, with its warmest temperature being 38 degrees Celsius. The Vikings for the most part farmed in Denmark, harvesting their crops in the summer and would leave to raid in the winters. They would do this every year, travelling far and wide in search of new rich bounties. These patterns of raiding would ultimately earn them the image of being vicious and mighty warriors who came from the frozen tundras from the north.