Fun Facts About Scandinavia

The largest population of arctic reindeer herders are actually found in Scandinavia! If you ever had the thought that reindeer weren’t real now you know better! There are many signs in Sweden and unfortunately they have become very popular. In fact, people are actually stealing the “moose crossing” signs all over the country. Each year they have to replace thousands of these signs! Norway is bigger than the U.S. state of New Mexico. The region of Norway is actually two thirds mountainous. Finland is called ” The Land of the 1,000 lakes.” The country actually has more than 188,000 lakes! It also has 98,000 islands! Wow…that is a lot of lakes and islands! The inventor of Lego toys actually got their start in Billund, Denmark in 1932. They started by buildings stepladders. Billund is the home of the Lego land Theme Park.

In Sweden, the Easter holiday is celebrated differently. Children actually get dressed up and go door to door asking for candy, like Halloween. It is a fact that Sweden is known for it’s innovations and inventions. They first came up with a working zipper, marine propeller, fridge, pace maker and computer mouse. Of course we all know about the popular stores Ikea and H&M. Living in Iceland is difficult in the winter months. However, in Reykjavik they have a way to lessen the winter blues. They have installed Geo-thermal heat in their sidewalks which would cut down on the shoveling.

Birthdays are definitely a time for celebration and Denmark agrees. They fly a flag outside when it is someones birthday! If you are not married by 30, you get a pepper shaker! Men are called the “peppermen,” and the woman are called, “peppermaids.” However, it is hard to get pregnant in Norway. The sun is only up for about 3 hrs a day and that affects and slows down the amount of pregnancies. Drinking in this region is humorous. You can buy a whole crate of beer but not one bottle separately! Scandinavia can boast about it’s art and artists. Edvard Munch painted the famous painting “The Scream”, in 1893. Unfortunately, he had early memories of suffering, death and illness in his family. We take condiments here for granted, however in Scandinavia it became a rarity at one point because it was too expensive. When the price dropped people used it to excess and it caused many to suffer violent thirsts!

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