Posted: April 27, 2010 in Uncategorized


Kerrie at the brilliant Mysteries in Paradise has discussed the definition of “Scandinavian” with relevance to the Scandinavian Reading Challenge.

I am going to follow the ‘Oxford Dictionary of English’ definitions, simply because I want to read Hyopothermia by Arnaldur Indridason as part of the challenge.

Scandinavia: a cultural region consisting of the countries of Norway, Sweden and Denmark and sometimes also Iceland, Finland and the Faroe Islands.

also Scandinavian: the northern branch of the Germanic languages, comprising Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic, and Faroese, all descended from the Old Norse.
  1. >Norman – I think you have quite a good case : ).

  2. Dorte H says:

    >… and my lips are sealed ;D

  3. >Well Dorte told me at my blog that Iceland and Finland don't really count and because she lives in proper Scandinavia I know I should take her word on the subject. But as the only book I've read for the Scandinavian challenge is set in Iceland I suspect I'll play a bit fast and loose with the definition as well 🙂

  4. Kerrie says:

    >I like the "brilliant" bit!

  5. >Bernadette, I would never argue with Dorte, but I would tease her so doesn't geographical Scandinavia exclude Denmark. ;o)Kerrie, brilliant is well deserved.

  6. Dorte H says:

    >Now you are making progress, Norman! And soon we (meaning the northern part of Jutland) will tear ourselves apart from Denmark and unite with Scotland 😀

  7. >Dorte, some years ago we were in Galicia and there were signs in English which said 'This is not Spain-Freedom for Galicia".Cornwall [Kernow] definitely wants to break away from England and join with Galicia, and possibly Scotland, Ireland and Wales in a Celtic Union. I did not realise North Jutland wanted to be in that club. Do you play the bagpipes? I may read Hypothermia but I had better also read The Woman from Bratislava by Dane Leif Davidsen as part of my Scandinavian Challenge. ;o)

  8. Dorte H says:

    >Well, if the choice is Copenhagen or Edinburgh … But not until they have paid that parliament building. Scots think they are stingy, we know we are :O

  9. >Danes are prudent and careful, not stingy Dorte. ;o)

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