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Rough Guide to Scandinavia (Rough Guide Travel Guides S.)
Tour Scandinavia. Scandinavia; Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland,
conjures up resonant images: wild, untamed lands, fjords, reindeer
and the Midnight Sun; and wealthy, healthy, blue-eyed blondes
enjoying life in a benevolent welfare state. The region holds
some of Europe’s most unspoilt terrain, and is certainly
affluent by Western European standards, with a high quality
of life and little poverty. But it’s by no means paradise:
there’s a social conformity that can be stifling, and
the problems of other industrialized countries, drug addiction,
racism, street violence, are beginning to make themselves felt.
Nonetheless, Scandinavia is an enthralling and rewarding region
to explore. The larger part of the population clusters in the
south, where there’s all the culture, nightlife and action
you’d expect, but with the exception of Denmark, these
are large, often physically inhospitable countries. Rural traditions
remain strong, not least in the great tracts of land above the
Arctic Circle where the Sámi peoples survive as they
have done for thousands of years, by reindeer herding, hunting
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the Scandinavian countries have been closely entwined, though
in spite of this they remain strikingly individual. Easy to
reach and the best known of the Scandinavian countries, Denmark
is the geographical and social bridge between Europe and Scandinavia.
The Danes are much the most gregarious of the Nordic peoples,
something manifest in the region’s most relaxed and appealing
capital, Copenhagen, and the decidedly more permissive attitude
great mountains, a remote and bluff northern coast and the mighty
western fjords, Norway’s raw, often inaccessible landscapes
can demand long, hard travel. Even by Scandinavian standards
the country is sparsely populated, and people live in small
communities along a coastline which stretches from the lower
reaches of the North Sea right up to the Russian border.
most Scandinavian country in the world’s eyes, Sweden
is affluent and boasts a social system and consensus politics
that are considered an enlightened model, though confidence
in the country’s institutions was shaken in the late 1990s
by a short-lived economic slowdown combined with the fragmentation
of old alliances. Travelling is simple enough, although Sweden
has Scandinavia’s least varied landscape, away from the
southern cities and coastal regions an almost unbroken swath
of lakes, forests and hills, in which most Swedes have a second,
peaceful, weekend home.
the least known of the mainland Scandinavian countries, Finland
was ruled for hundreds of years by the Swedes and then the Russians,
the country became independent only at the beginning of the
twentieth century and has grown into a vibrant, confident nation.
Its vast coniferous forests and great lake systems have produced
a strong empathy between the Finns and the natural environment
which is hard to ignore. Also, though Finland is undeniably
Scandinavian and looks to the West for its lifestyle, there
are, historically and culturally, a number of similarities with
in Scandinavia is easy. Public transport is efficient and well
coordinated, there is a minimum of border formalities between
the countries and excellent connections between all the main
towns and cities: indeed, it’s perfectly feasible to visit
several, if not all, of the mainland countries on one trip.
From Western Europe it’s simplest to enter Denmark, from
where you can continue northwards into Norway (by boat) or Sweden
(by boat or train), the two countries separated by a long north–south
border. From Sweden’s east coast there are ferries across
to Finland, as well as a land border between the two in the
for costs, the Scandinavian countries are expensive by north
European standards, but not excessively so. Their reputation
for high prices is largely based on the cost of consumables,
from books to meals and beer, rather than more substantial items,
particularly accommodation, where first-rate budget opportunities
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