Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and sometimes Finland, Iceland, and the Faeroe Islands.
Also called Scandinavian Peninsula. the peninsula consisting of Norway and Sweden.

Related formsan·ti-Scan·di·na·vi·a, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scandinavia

Contemporary Examples of scandinavia

  • Around 50 men, whose bones can be traced back to Scandinavia, were rounded up and beheaded at some point in the 11th Century.

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    Every Viking ‘Fact’ Is Wrong

    Nico Hines

    March 19, 2014

  • In Greece, they sneak into homes to scare children, and in Scandinavia, the gnomes play pranks.

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    8 Facts You Never Knew About Christmas

    Brandy Zadrozny

    December 24, 2013

  • The Daily Pic: At Scandinavia House, the Popster riffs on the angst-man.

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    Warhol Screams at Munch

    Blake Gopnik

    July 26, 2013

  • Marxism may have developed in the middle of the 19th century but it has since evolved into the social democracies of Scandinavia.

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    Nerdiness from Noah: Alpha Centauri

    Noah Kristula-Green

    March 29, 2013

  • This was literally the Avatar of Scandinavia, and yet, I never even knew it existed.

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    Under the Spell of Dragon Tattoo

    John Hamburg

    March 22, 2010

Historical Examples of scandinavia

British Dictionary definitions for scandinavia



Also called: the Scandinavian Peninsula the peninsula of N Europe occupied by Norway and Sweden
the countries of N Europe, esp considered as a cultural unit and including Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and often Finland, Iceland, and the Faeroes
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Word Origin and History for scandinavia


1765, from Late Latin Scandinavia, Skandinovia, a mistake for Scadinavia, from a Germanic source (cf. Old English Scedenig, Old Norse Skaney "south end of Sweden"), from Proto-Germanic *skadinaujo "Scadia island," first element of uncertain origin, second element from *aujo "thing on the water," from PIE *akwa- "water" (see aqua-). It might truly have been an island when the word was formed; the coastlines of the Baltic Sea has changed dramatically since the end of the Ice Ages.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

scandinavia in Culture


The region in northern Europe containing Norway, Sweden, and Denmark and the peninsulas they occupy. Through cultural, historical, and political associations, Finland and Iceland are often considered part of Scandinavia.

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