What does Scandinavia mean?

Definitions for Scandinavia
ˌskæn dəˈneɪ vi əscan·di·navi·a

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Scandinavia, Scandinavian Peninsulanoun

    the peninsula in northern Europe occupied by Norway and Sweden

  2. Scandinavianoun

    a group of culturally related countries in northern Europe; Finland and Iceland are sometimes considered Scandinavian


  1. Scandinavianoun

    (political, cultural, linguistic etc.) Denmark, Norway, and Sweden collectively.

  2. Scandinavianoun

    (geographic) The Scandinavian peninsula (approximately Norway, Sweden and northern Finland).

  3. Etymology: From Scandinavia, from Skaþinawjō (compare Scedenig, Skaney 'southern tip of Sweden'), from *-aujo 'island' (compare ī(e)g 'island', ey 'island').


  1. scandinavia

    Scandinavia is a region in Northern Europe that primarily includes the three kingdoms of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. Sometimes the term also refers to Finland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands due to historical, cultural, and linguistic associations. The region is known for its unique Nordic culture, breathtaking landscapes, developed economies, high standard of living, and social welfare systems.


  1. Scandinavia

    Scandinavia is a historical cultural-linguistic region in Northern Europe characterized by a common ethno-cultural Germanic heritage and related languages that includes the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Modern Norway and Sweden proper are situated on the Scandinavian Peninsula, whereas modern Denmark is situated on the Danish islands and Jutland. The term Scandinavia is usually used as a cultural term, but in English usage, it is occasionally confused with the purely geographical term Scandinavian Peninsula, which took its name from the cultural-linguistic concept. The name Scandinavia historically referred vaguely to Scania. The terms Scandinavia and Scandinavian entered usage in the 18th century as terms for the three Scandinavian countries, their peoples and associated language and culture, being introduced by the early linguistic and cultural Scandinavist movement. Sometimes the term Scandinavia is also taken to include Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and Finland, on account of their historical association with the Scandinavian countries. Such usage, however, may be considered inaccurate in the area itself, where the term Nordic countries instead refers to this broader group.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Scandinavia

    the ancient name (still used) of the great northern peninsula of Europe, which embraces Norway (q. v.) and Sweden (q. v.); also used in a broader sense to include Denmark and Iceland.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. scandinavia

    The ancient name of Sweden, Norway, and a great part of Denmark, whence proceeded the Northmen, or Normans, who conquered Normandy (about 900), and eventually England (1066). See Normans.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Scandinavia in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Scandinavia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Scandinavia in a Sentence

  1. Stephen Sestanovich:

    This is a strong trend in Scandinavia in particular, where countries like Norway and Denmark, which have been in NATO for decades, and others, like Sweden and Finland, which are traditionally neutral, are asking themselves: How can we work together if we come under pressure from Russia? and they are asking the U.S.: Will you help us send a message to Moscow?

  2. Michael Fries:

    There are not many more markets, like Scandinavia, where we are not active. Spain, Portugal and France do not interest us, we are concentrating on the 12 markets where we are already present.

  3. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn:

    Socialism carried out in a democratic way in this country, in Scandinavia and other places has raised the living standards of the very poorest.

  4. Ricardo Rodríguez-Varela:

    But not all parts of Scandinavia received the same amounts of gene flow from these areas. For example, while British-Irish ancestry became widespread in Scandinavia, the eastern Baltic ancestry mainly reached Gotland and central Sweden.

  5. Stephen Hester:

    With RSA's focus on its largest markets in the UK & Ireland, Scandinavia and Canada, it has become increasingly clear to us that RSA is no longer the best strategic owner of these businesses, in Suramericana we have an experienced and committed regional player who can make the business a much more central part of their strategy.

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    closely constrained or constricted or constricting
    A urban
    B tight
    C whirring
    D cosmopolitan

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