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

This was literally the Avatar of Scandinavia, and yet, I never even knew it existed.
Under the Spell of Dragon Tattoo John Hamburg March 21, 2010

Marxism may have developed in the middle of the 19th century but it has since evolved into the social democracies of Scandinavia.
Nerdiness from Noah: Alpha Centauri Noah Kristula-Green March 28, 2013

In Greece, they sneak into homes to scare children, and in Scandinavia, the gnomes play pranks.
8 Facts You Never Knew About Christmas Brandy Zadrozny December 23, 2013

Around 50 men, whose bones can be traced back to Scandinavia, were rounded up and beheaded at some point in the 11th Century.
Every Viking ‘Fact’ Is Wrong Nico Hines March 18, 2014

It had the pace of an American thriller, but the tone of something that could only have been made in Scandinavia.
Under the Spell of Dragon Tattoo John Hamburg March 21, 2010

Historical Examples

Stockholm is the centre of the social and literary activity of Scandinavia, hardly second in these respects to Copenhagen.
Due North or Glimpses of Scandinavia and Russia Maturin M. Ballou

All was over with Scandinavia; there remained the Normans of France.
A Literary History of the English People Jean Jules Jusserand

The dolmens occur also in Scandinavia, France, and Brittany.
A Manual of the Antiquity of Man J. P. MacLean

Crossing the sea into Scandinavia, we obtain some valuable information.
Moon Lore Timothy Harley

He wrote a hymn-book, which is still in use in Scandinavia, and he had a beautiful natural voice.
Interpreters Carl Van Vechten

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

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.

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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