Is Finland a part of Scandinavia?


Is Finland a part of Scandinavia or not? Well, officially the question is fairly easy to answer; No, Finland i not a part of Scandinavia, it is however part of the Nordic Countries, which for most Scandinavians means a lot more than the term Scandinavia.

Why is Finland not a part of Scandinavia?

Well, because of three very good reasons:

  • Geographically Finland isn’t a part of the Scandinavian peninsula. But then again, neither is Denmark, and they are part of Scandinavia, but there are always exceptions to a rule.
  • Ethnically; While Finnish people might have a lot in common with their brothers and sisters to the West, ethnically they are differently.
  • Language; Denmark, Norway and Sweden share the same language (more or less), Finnish belongs to the Uralic language family, which is totally different.

Why don’t Scandinavians care about Scandinavia?

Scandinavia is a term that isn’t used much in Scandinavia. Instead people are referering to the region as “The Nordic” or “The Nordic countries”, which very much include Finland. The Nordic Council is a corner stone in the Nordic co-operation, and in addition to the Scandinavian countries, both Iceland and Finland are member states as well.