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16th Nov '17 3:04:18 PM AgentSalt
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[[caption-width-right:350:Some very pretty [[ArtisticLicenseGeography Danish]] girls.[[note]]They're actually Swedish and Denmark's national colors are actually red and white[[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Some very pretty [[ArtisticLicenseGeography Danish]] girls.[[note]]They're actually Swedish and Swedish. Denmark's national colors are actually red and white[[/note]]]]
22nd Oct '17 6:24:06 PM KEVP
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On the rare occasions when negative stereotypes of Scandinavians are shown, the stereotype of choice is to portray them as [[DumbBlonde painfully naive]]. Finns (who, by the way, are not related to the other Scandinavians, being Uralic, like the [[UsefulNotes/{{Estonia}} Estonians]] and the [[UsefulNotes/{{Hungary}} Hungarians]], instead of Germanic) are known to be [[KnifeNut violent]] when their BerserkButton is pressed.

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On the rare occasions when negative stereotypes of Scandinavians are shown, the stereotype of choice is to portray them as [[DumbBlonde painfully naive]]. Finns (who, (whose language, by the way, are is not related to the other Scandinavians, Norwegian, Swedish, or Danish, being Uralic, like the [[UsefulNotes/{{Estonia}} Estonians]] and the [[UsefulNotes/{{Hungary}} Hungarians]], instead of Germanic) are known to be [[KnifeNut violent]] when their BerserkButton is pressed.
23rd Jun '17 8:20:58 PM Benthelame
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* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' plays this trope straight. The gang meets a single mother with three beautiful daughters named Inga, Ola and Heidi. [[CuteMute None of them can speak.]] They just walk around,be overly hospitable and cry if they believe they offended their guests in the slightest. They aren't even the [[BigBad Big Bads]] of the episode for crying out loud.
15th Jun '17 12:12:17 PM BeerBaron
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* The Nords of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games are all fantasy Scandinavians; tall, muscular, fair-haired, pale-skinned, tend to have names like Sigurd, Jurgen, and Hroki followed by [[AwesomeMcCoolName awesome sobriquets like Windcaller, Ice-Fast and Fire-Beard]]. Also naturally tough against freezing weather and magical frost, and tend to be really badass fighters as their homeland, Skyrim, is a wild place full of all manner of monsters and dangerous animals.

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* The Nords In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', the Nords, Tamriel's ProudWarriorRace of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games HornyVikings, are all firmly fantasy Scandinavians; tall, northern European in terms of their modern culture and their physical appearance (tall, muscular, fair-haired, pale-skinned, tend to pale-skinned). They have a cultural love of battling, as well as mead, feasting, and a strong [[WarriorPoet bardic tradition]]. Their old religion (pre-dating that of the Imperial [[SaintlyChurch Nine Divines]]) also has many elements straight out of NorseMythology, particularly the WarriorHeaven of Sovngarde. Their first names like Sigurd, Jurgen, and Hroki followed by are typically pulled from medieval Norse while [[AwesomeMcCoolName awesome sobriquets like Windcaller, Ice-Fast and Fire-Beard]]. Also naturally tough against freezing weather and magical frost, and tend to be really they have badass fighters sounding clan names or sobriquets]], such as their homeland, Skyrim, Arkming the Flayer, Ulfgar the Unending, Else God-Hater, Falk Firebeard, Frofnir Trollsbane, Aldi Winterblade... the list goes on and on... Their homeland of Skyrim is a wild place [[GrimUpNorth cold and untamed]] while being [[EverythingIsTryingToKillYou full of all manner of monsters vicious wild animals and dangerous animals.other threats]]. Their ancient culture has a number of other influences as well (Hinduism and Ancient Egyptian Mythology), making it more CultureChopSuey though still heavy with Norse elements.

30th Apr '17 7:39:45 PM MarioAndSpongeBobFan
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On the rare occasions when negative stereotypes of Scandinavians are shown, the stereotype of choice is to portray them as painfully naive. Finns (who, by the way, are not related to the other Scandinavians, being Uralic, like the [[UsefulNotes/{{Estonia}} Estonians]] and the [[UsefulNotes/{{Hungary}} Hungarians]], instead of Germanic) are known to be [[KnifeNut violent]] when their BerserkButton is pressed.

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On the rare occasions when negative stereotypes of Scandinavians are shown, the stereotype of choice is to portray them as [[DumbBlonde painfully naive.naive]]. Finns (who, by the way, are not related to the other Scandinavians, being Uralic, like the [[UsefulNotes/{{Estonia}} Estonians]] and the [[UsefulNotes/{{Hungary}} Hungarians]], instead of Germanic) are known to be [[KnifeNut violent]] when their BerserkButton is pressed.
25th Jan '17 3:52:02 PM KizunaTallis
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Everyone either skis or snowboards and eats a lot of chocolate. About the only other thing anyone remembers is that Franchise/{{Lego}} was invented there.

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Everyone either skis or snowboards and eats a lot of chocolate. About the only other thing anyone remembers is that Franchise/{{Lego}} was invented there.
there. The region is also known for having a thriving BlackMetal scene.


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* ''Series/WelcomeToSweden'' is about the American main character moving to Sweden with his girlfriend, and ''he's'' the FunnyForeigner to the Swedes.


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* In Season 20 of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', the country of Denmark plays a big role. After South Park's local internet troll [=skankhunt42=] (real identity: [[spoiler:Kyle's father Gerald]]) harasses a Danish volleyball player and breast cancer survivor to the point that she kills herself, the whole country declares war on internet trolls, citing the old Scandinavian troll myths. Interestingly enough, Denmark was referenced in an earlier season in the episode "Canada On Strike", and the Danes are called "the Canadians of Europe" (even being drawn the same way as the Canadians are; in Season 20, the Danes are drawn like regular people).
7th Dec '16 5:31:14 AM Doug86
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Everyone either skis or snowboards and eats a lot of chocolate. About the only other thing anyone remembers is that {{Lego}} was invented there.

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Everyone either skis or snowboards and eats a lot of chocolate. About the only other thing anyone remembers is that {{Lego}} Franchise/{{Lego}} was invented there.



* Subverted in Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia. While he is indeed handsome, tall and blond, Sweden is reserved and appears intimidating to those who do not know him well.
* [[NorseMythology Baldr]] from ''VisualNovel/KamigamiNoAsobi'' is this kind of handsome. He has the blond look, and he and Loki both have braids.

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* Subverted in Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia.''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia''. While he is indeed handsome, tall and blond, Sweden is reserved and appears intimidating to those who do not know him well.
* [[NorseMythology [[Myth/NorseMythology Baldr]] from ''VisualNovel/KamigamiNoAsobi'' is this kind of handsome. He has the blond look, and he and Loki both have braids.
19th Nov '16 3:52:19 PM ProfessorDetective
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[[caption-width-right:350:Some very pretty [[ArtisticLicenseGeography Danish]] girls.[[note]]They're actually Swedish[[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Some very pretty [[ArtisticLicenseGeography Danish]] girls.[[note]]They're actually Swedish[[/note]]]]
Swedish and Denmark's national colors are actually red and white[[/note]]]]



A sort of generic northern blend of UsefulNotes/{{Norway}}, UsefulNotes/{{Iceland}}, UsefulNotes/{{Greenland}}, UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}}, UsefulNotes/{{Denmark}} and UsefulNotes/{{Finland}}. [[note]]In a few truly horrible examples, Sweden and ''UsefulNotes/{{Switzerland}}'' are conflated, even though Switzerland is Alpine, not even vaguely Scandinavian. The same thing occasionally happens to Denmark and UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands (due to the words "Danish" and "Dutch" sounding vaguely similar. And let's not even get into Austria and Australia...)[[/note]] [[PlanetofHats Everyone is]] liberal, [[EveryoneLovesBlondes blond]] and [[SexyScandinavian absolutely gorgeous]]. The streets are clean, the people are intelligent and creative, it always snows, they have Ikea and saunas, and the area pumps out an amazing amount of hot foreign exchange students (both male and female) with cute accents to tempt American high school students. The chances of meeting a pair of beautiful, buxom, blonde twins who won't rule out a {{Twincest}}uous [[TwinThreesomeFantasy threesome]] with any given tourist is [[EuropeansAreKinky uncannily high]]. Everything is ridiculously expensive by the standards of anywhere else (including the rest of Europe), but that's OK, because higher education is free and so is healthcare.

Everyone either skis or snowboards, and eats a lot of chocolate. About the only other thing anyone remembers is that {{Lego}} was invented there.

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A sort of generic northern blend of UsefulNotes/{{Norway}}, UsefulNotes/{{Iceland}}, UsefulNotes/{{Greenland}}, UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}}, UsefulNotes/{{Denmark}} and UsefulNotes/{{Finland}}. [[note]]In a few truly horrible examples, Sweden and ''UsefulNotes/{{Switzerland}}'' are conflated, even though Switzerland is Alpine, not even vaguely Scandinavian. The same thing occasionally happens to Denmark and UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands (due to the words "Danish" and "Dutch" sounding vaguely similar. And let's not even get into Austria and Australia...)[[/note]] [[PlanetofHats Everyone is]] liberal, [[EveryoneLovesBlondes blond]] and [[SexyScandinavian absolutely gorgeous]]. The streets are clean, the people are intelligent and creative, it always snows, they have Ikea and saunas, and the area pumps out an amazing amount of hot foreign exchange students (both male and female) with cute accents to tempt American high school students. The chances of meeting a pair of beautiful, buxom, blonde twins who won't rule out a {{Twincest}}uous [[TwinThreesomeFantasy threesome]] with any given tourist is [[EuropeansAreKinky uncannily high]]. Everything is ridiculously expensive by the standards of anywhere else (including the rest of Europe), but that's OK, OK because higher education is free and so is healthcare.

health care.

Everyone either skis or snowboards, snowboards and eats a lot of chocolate. About the only other thing anyone remembers is that {{Lego}} was invented there.



Technically Icelanders are not "Scandinavian" either, as the strict definition of Scandinavia is only Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The preferred term is "Nordic" which also includes Greenland, Svalbard and the Faroe Islands. Icelanders and Faroe Islanders speak Scandinavian (AKA North Germanic) languages, however.

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Technically Icelanders are not "Scandinavian" either, as the strict definition of Scandinavia is only Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The preferred term is "Nordic" which also includes Greenland, Svalbard Svalbard, and the Faroe Islands. Icelanders and Faroe Islanders speak Scandinavian (AKA North Germanic) languages, however.



* In ''Film/EarthGirlsAreEasy'', it's Finland that seems to be confused with Switzerland. The movie features a TV ad where two bikini-clad blonde woman invite the viewer to come Finland, whilst showing scenes of Alpine skiing and yodeling. While skiing is indeed quite popular in Finland, yodeling most certainly isn't. (Though ''Yoiks'', traditional songs/singing techniques of the Samish, are often confused with yodeling by outsiders.) The aliens watching the ad ask if they're in Finland; host Valerie doesn't help matters by telling them "Finland is the capital of Norway!"

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* In ''Film/EarthGirlsAreEasy'', it's Finland that seems to be confused with Switzerland. The movie features a TV ad where two bikini-clad blonde woman women invite the viewer to come to Finland, whilst showing scenes of Alpine skiing and yodeling. While skiing is indeed quite popular in Finland, yodeling most certainly isn't. (Though ''Yoiks'', traditional songs/singing techniques of the Samish, are often confused with yodeling by outsiders.) The aliens watching the ad ask if they're in Finland; host Valerie doesn't help matters by telling them "Finland is the capital of Norway!"



* The ultimate subversion of this trope is probably Ingmar Bergman's ''Film/TheSeventhSeal'', which violates just about everything we associate with modern Scandinavia. Here, Sweden is a (literally) stuck-in-the-Dark-Ages theocracy with bleeding penitents and plague victims roaming around and a knight returned from the Crusades who's constantly brooding about death (understandable, since Death is literally stalking him).

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* The ultimate subversion of this trope is probably Ingmar Bergman's ''Film/TheSeventhSeal'', which violates just about everything we associate with modern Scandinavia. Here, Sweden is a (literally) stuck-in-the-Dark-Ages theocracy with bleeding penitents and plague victims roaming around and a knight returned from the Crusades who's constantly brooding about death (understandable, since Death Death, is literally stalking him).



* The ''Literature/{{Backstrom}}'' novels about a useless and unappealing inept copper in Sweden, are set largely in Stockholm and via the appallingly racist and cloddish Ewart Bäckström, shed light on Swedish prejudices about everybody else -- including a cast of immigrants and other Scandinavians from neighbouring countries.

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* The ''Literature/{{Backstrom}}'' novels about a useless and unappealing inept copper in Sweden, are set largely in Stockholm and via the appallingly racist and cloddish Ewart Bäckström, shed light on Swedish prejudices about everybody else -- including a cast of immigrants and other Scandinavians from neighbouring neighboring countries.



* Many reviewers outside of Scandinavia have stated that the reason ''Series/NeverWipeTearsWithoutGloves'' struck such a chord with them was that it took place in Sweden. The story, which is based on experiences of the author Jonas Gardell, follows a group of gay men in the eighties when AIDS begins to spread and depicts society's fear of gay men in general and AIDS victims in particular, as well as the prejudice and harsh mistreatments and injustices that took place. According to many of the reviewers this was all the more effective and moving because it took place in a country that is thought to be so liberal, open-minded and loving, because "''If it was like that in Sweden, what was it like in our country''?"

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* Many reviewers outside of Scandinavia have stated that the reason ''Series/NeverWipeTearsWithoutGloves'' struck such a chord with them was that it took place in Sweden. The story, which is based on experiences of the author Jonas Gardell, follows a group of gay men in the eighties when AIDS begins to spread and depicts society's fear of gay men in general and AIDS victims in particular, as well as the prejudice and harsh mistreatments and injustices that took place. According to many of the reviewers reviewers, this was all the more effective and moving because it took place in a country that is thought to be so liberal, open-minded and loving, because "''If it was like that in Sweden, what was it like in our country''?"



* Parodied in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow1'', when an radio show spoofing {{Creator/NPR}} has a couple of guys talking about illegal immigrants to the US... from Norway, and their stereotypes of them are deliberately ridiculous.
* Zig-zagged in ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings'' 2. Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Iceland all have the norse culture in the early start dates, but split up into swedish, norwegian and danish in their coresponding de jure kingdoms from 950 onward, subverting this trope. However, if you happen to unite all these kingdoms in a united scandinavian empire, they will stay norse for ever, thus playing this trope straight.
* The Nords of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games are all fantasy Scandinavians; tall, muscular, fair-haired, pale-skinned, tend to have names like Sigurd, Jurgen and Hroki followed by [[AwesomeMcCoolName awesome sobriquets like Windcaller, Ice-Fast and Fire-Beard]]. Also naturally tough against freezing weather and magical frost, and tend to be really badass fighters as their homeland, Skyrim, is a wild place full of all manner of monsters and dangerous animals.

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* Parodied in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow1'', when an a radio show spoofing {{Creator/NPR}} has a couple of guys talking about illegal immigrants to the US... from Norway, and their stereotypes of them are deliberately ridiculous.
* Zig-zagged in ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings'' 2. Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Iceland all have the norse culture in the early start dates, dates but split up into swedish, norwegian Swedish, Norwegian and danish in their coresponding corresponding de jure kingdoms from 950 onward, subverting this trope. However, if you happen to unite all these kingdoms in a united scandinavian Scandinavian empire, they will stay norse for ever, thus playing this trope straight.
* The Nords of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games are all fantasy Scandinavians; tall, muscular, fair-haired, pale-skinned, tend to have names like Sigurd, Jurgen Jurgen, and Hroki followed by [[AwesomeMcCoolName awesome sobriquets like Windcaller, Ice-Fast and Fire-Beard]]. Also naturally tough against freezing weather and magical frost, and tend to be really badass fighters as their homeland, Skyrim, is a wild place full of all manner of monsters and dangerous animals.



* ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'' manages to [[ZigzaggedTrope zigzag]] this trope. The comic shows the Nordic countries' stereotypes of ''each other'' rather than the Hollywood stereotype of them, and goes out the way to show that the countries have their own distinct cultures.

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* ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'' manages to [[ZigzaggedTrope zigzag]] this trope. The comic shows the Nordic countries' stereotypes of ''each other'' rather than the Hollywood stereotype of them, them and goes out the way to show that the countries have their own distinct cultures.
2nd Nov '16 4:33:31 PM thatmadork
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* The Nords of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games are all fantasy Scandinavians; tall, muscular, fair-haired, pale-skinned, tend to have names like Sigurd, Jurgen and Hroki followed by [[AwesomeMcCoolName awesome sobriquets like Windcaller, Ice-Fast and Fire-Beard]]. Also naturally tough against freezing weather and magical frost, and tend to be really badass fighters as their homeland, Skyrim, is a wild place full of all manner of monsters and dangerous animals.
26th Oct '16 4:25:28 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/{{Beowulf2007}}''. More trolls, fewer Ikeas. The 2007 film even has Grendel speak Old English, and one or two references to "sea raiders".

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* ''Film/{{Beowulf2007}}''.''WesternAnimation/{{Beowulf|2007}}''. More trolls, fewer Ikeas. The 2007 film even has Grendel speak Old English, and one or two references to "sea raiders".
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