Explore the very best of the Nordic region of Europe: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

The Weekender

From Life in Norway

Hey all,


The Nordic region is a vast region of outstanding natural beauty, a cold albeit changing climate, progressive politics and, depending on whether you believe the surveys or not, the world's happiest people.

In this edition of Life in Norway's Weekender, we take a closer look at this part of northern Europe.


- David

Nordic Capitals Dominate English Proficiency Rankings


Copenhagen locals have the world’s best non-native English proficiency according to the 2020 annual report from EF Education First. Amsterdam placed a close second, with other Nordic capitals Helsinki, Oslo and Stockholm all ranking in the top six of the 90 cities included in the report.

Read moreNordic Capitals Dominate English Proficiency Rankings

The Nordic Region Explained


The Nordic Region consists of five countries: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland. Although not countries in their own right, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Åland Islands are also included in the definition. The combined population of the Nordic region is around 27 million.

Read moreThe Nordic Region Explained

Scandinavian ‘Socialism’: The Truth of the Nordic Model


Depending on where you get your political news, you’ve probably heard of the Nordic model as either the beacon of hope for the world or the worst thing imaginable. The truth, as always, is a little more complicated than a simple good or bad.

One thing’s for sure though, Many commentators have clearly never set foot in the Nordic region and barely understand the Nordic way of doing things. So, let's set a few things straight!

Read moreScandinavian ‘Socialism’: The Truth of the Nordic Model

Nordic Noir


The genre of dark crime stories with bleak Scandinavian settings has a huge following around the world. But what is the genre all about, why is it so popular, and where should you begin? We take a look at all this and more in our guide to these very Scandinavian stories. Let's get started!

Read more: Nordic Noir

15 Fun Facts About Iceland


This volcanic island in the north Atlantic is known around the world for its hot springs and dramatic scenery. Learn something new about Norway’s Nordic sibling Iceland, the land of fire and ice.

Read more15 Fun Facts About Iceland

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