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Old 14th February 2020, 05:02 PM   #157
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Originally Posted by dann View Post
Geographically, the Scandinavian peninsula consists of Norway, Sweden and a small part of Finland. Denmark is not a geographical part of Scandinavia.
Lets see what wikipedia says:
Scandinavia (/ˌskŠndɪˈneɪviə/ SKAN-dih-NAY-vee-ə) is a region in Northern Europe, with strong historical, cultural, and linguistic ties. The term Scandinavia in local usage covers the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. The majority national languages of these three belong to the Scandinavian dialect continuum, and are mutually intelligible North Germanic languages. In English usage, Scandinavia also sometimes refers more narrowly to the Scandinavian Peninsula, or more broadly so as to include Finland, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland.

The broader definition is similar to what are locally called the Nordic countries, which also include the remote Norwegian islands of Svalbard and Jan Mayen and Greenland, a constituent country within the Kingdom of Denmark.
I have never heard anyone exclude Denmark from Scandinavia in its common sense. Geographically speaking "The Scandinavian Peninsula" is a separate notion from Scandinavia, because it is geologically distinct from Denmark as well as physically separated from Sweden by Íresund.
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