Axis Powers Hetalia / Northern Europe

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Northern Europe
  • Ascended Extra: They've gotten prominent over the years as well.
  • Big Fancy House: In the manga, the Nordics gathered for lunch and Iceland's "announcement" in a house that looked pretty average-sized. In the anime, said house is much bigger. It's not clearly stated who it belongs to, either.
    • In the manga and third interval CD, the 'house' is actually a bar at Sweden's place, so it is safe to assume the same for the anime.
  • Five-Man Band: Some fans apply these dynamics to the Nordics:
  • Newer strips suggest a slightly different layout:
    • The Hero: Denmark (self-proclaimed leader of the Nordics, and most outgoing.)
    • The Lancer: Norway (Critical of Denmark but usually at his side)
    • The Big Guy: Sweden (The strongest and the quietest)
    • The Smart Guy: Finland (overlapping with the Generic Guy, but is less quirky than his companions.)
    • The Chick: Iceland. (And aware of it, no less!)
    • The Sixth Ranger: Estonia. (In his own mind, at least...)
  • Former Teen Rebel/Retired Outlaw: Sweden, Denmark and Norway are considered this after their old Viking days. A discussion about Valhalla even mentions that Denmark wouldn't have minded going there when he was younger, but confessed he would rather retire by a countryside if he could in modern times.
  • Ghost Pirate: They dressed as ghost pirates for Hetaween 2011.
  • He Is Not My Husband: Sweden calls Finland his wife. Finland does not like it at all.
  • Huge Guy Tiny ...Other Guy: Sweden is at least 12 cm. taller than his partner, Finland.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Finland and Sweden share their pet dog Hanatamago.
    • Not to mention Iceland's puffin or Norway's faeries and nisse.
  • Noodle Incident: The Nordics had their 6781st meeting in a random strange place during the Hetalia Bloodbath 2010.
  • Norse by Norsewest: Played straight and subverted. (Descriptions on Scandinavian stereotypes they are based on can be found here.)
  • Odd Friendship/Vitriolic Best Buds: If their relationships are just platonic, Sweden and Finland, and Norway and Denmark are this respectively.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Denmark and Finland are red oni to Norway and Sweden's blue oni respectively. Although Denmark is also red to Sweden's blue.
  • Savvy Tall Guy, Energetic Short Guy: Arguably, Sweden and Finland.
  • The Stoic: Sweden and Norway are not as expressive as the other Nordics. Norway is a quiet and mysterious stoic. While Sweden is a Face of a Thug, Gentle Giant one.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: A possible and quite cynical take on Sweden and Finland's relationship. Subverted due to Sweden's Gentle Giant nature, which is quite different from the historical take of their relationship. Others speculate that it actually goes both ways...
    • A Match Made In Lima: Like with Finland, a take of Stockholm and Lima is viewed with Norway and Sweden during their third union. Where Sweden tried to invoke Stockholm Syndrome on Norway only to fall into Lima first. Norway in turn knew Sweden tried to do this, only to warm up to him when their union became a more equal relationship.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Without the hairclip holding his bangs, Norway looks a lot like Iceland.
    • Sweden has family ties to Germania and has an uncanny resemblance to Prussia and Germany as well.
  • Talking Animal: Hanatamago can talk during the Christmas Episode. Finland is surprised but doesn't think too much of it when they start to read some fan letters.
    • Mr. Puffin is also quite the chatterbox.
  • Tareme Eyes: Finland (cute, nice variant) and Denmark (badass variant).
  • The Worf Effect: The Nordics suffer from this in the 2010 Bloodbath. Only Iceland is spared because he's the only one who felt like something bad was going to happen. As for one knows where he is... Until the very end.

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    Finland - Tino Väinämöinen
How about "Go for it, Bomber"?!

Voiced by: Takahiro Mizushima (JP), Clint Bickham (EN)

The country known for the aurora and rumored to be where Santa lives. Specializes in agriculture and forestry, high-tech machinery, as well as a variety of talented people. Was once the underling of Sweden and Russia but was able to gain independence after fighting with these larger nations and is now working hard. Also loves interesting festivals, every year he'd think of weird festivals that no other countries can even imagine.

A gentle young man with simplistic tenacity. He seems very adult-like, and if you start talking with him it’ll last forever. But even though this guy appears to be all soft and mellow, you won't want to mess with him cause even if he lets you poke him up to ten times, past that he'll return it many times over. He’s strangely strong in the cold, but he also loves saunas. He likes and looks up to Sweden, and also has a rather unique taste in things.

    Sweden - Berwald Oxenstierna
'Nd m'wif.

Voiced by: Keikou Sakai (JP), Robert McCollum (EN)

Formerly a Viking that was known as the Lion of Northern Europe, Conqueror of the Baltic Sea, and even the Supreme Ruler of Scandinavia, but nowadays he’s calmed down and put a lot of strength into welfare.

A quiet, methodical guy with an intimidating air and is difficult to understand. On the inside he’s kind and rather playful, but many people fear him because of his intimidating air and that no ones knows what he's thinking. He likes debates and making furniture and decorative arts.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: He usually has light blond hair in the merchandise and illustrations, yet the anime series initially gave him sandy brown hair and changed his blue-green eyes to a deep brown. This was thankfully corrected in later episodes to him having only brighter blond hair and purely blue eyes. Season 5 changed his colors once more, to match his manga color scheme.
  • Affectionate Nickname: The other Nordics call Sweden by a shortened version of his name (Su-san, the Japanese name for Sweden is Suuēden) in one webcomic, which was translated by fan scanlators as "Sve" (short for Sweden's name "Sverige" in Danish, Swedish and Norwegian). Since then, many fanworks have Finland or Denmark calling Sweden "Sve" regularly.
    • Iceland alternatively calls him Sví, from Sweden's Icelandic name: Svíþjóð.
  • Awesome McCool Name: "Oxenstierna" is Ye Olde Butcherede Swedishe for "Oxenstjärna"; "Ox star". Truth in Television as most Swedish surnames stem from a time where you came up with a name by smashing two nouns together in an effort to sound cooler than the next-door neighbour.
    • His first name Berwald can be traced back to the German Baerwald which means bear forest. In the end, his name can mean Bear Forest Ox Star.
    • He also shares a surname with Swedish historical figure Axel Oxenstierna.
  • Bespectacled Bastard Boyfriend: Subverted: since he looks like one of these yet is anything but cruel and cold.
  • BFS: His Weapon of Choice is a two-hands sword.
  • The Big Guy: Subverted. He's the tallest of all the nations along with Russia, but hardly acts like it.
  • Creepy, Icy Blue Eyes: His eyes give off a cold, piercing vibe to anyone who first meets him.
  • Death Glare: Although it's pretty much his normal facial expression, whether he likes it or not.
  • Determinator: He walks across a frozen strait to get to Denmark. No wonder Denmark was shaking.
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  • Emotion Suppression: It's said that he's actually overcome with emotions, though he never lets them show.
  • Face of a Thug: His height and serious face scares everyone. Even if he doesn't intend it.
  • Gentle Giant/Real Men Wear Pink: Sweden looks like a huge and scary Big Guy... but is very domestic, an excellent babysitter and even sews his old clothes personally before giving them to Finland when the other remarks on their height difference.
  • House Husband: He's better at cooking than Finland.
  • Huge Male Nation-tan: In the 5th anniversary strip, Sweden genuinely wants to say some nice things to the fans... but is so blushy and embarrassed that he cannot, much to his and Finland's dismay.
    Sweden: I wanna say all kinds of nice things... but... (HUGE BLUSH)... 'm embarr'ssed!
    Finland: Hey! Su-san! Whoa, are you okay?!
  • Manly Gay: Very tall, muscular and was once a Viking. Old notes confirm him to be homosexual.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Ooooooh, so much. The only time he's been shown smiling in the comic was when he "adopted" Sealand... by purchasing him off the internet. Not like that, you know.
    • Although it's smaller one, he's also seen smiling at Finland at the end of the Polish-Swedish Wars strip.
  • The Rival: Toward Denmark. Truth in Television considering the two countries' history of war against each other have rivalled England and France.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Apparently, Himaruya's old notes say that he's "gay for Finland". It may stand from a Finnish stereotype that all Swedish men are gay, dating back from the period when homosexual activity was legal in Sweden while still outlawed in Finland.
  • Stoic Spectacles: He speaks in a grunting dialect, rarely changes his fearsome facial expression, and scares pretty much everybody when they first meet him.
  • The Unintelligible: In Fanon due to failed attempts by fan tranlators to localize his original Tohoku Regional Accent, leaving him with a barely intelligible, grunting speech. Often cranked Up to Eleven in fandom, wh'ch m'ks 't 'nb'r'bl.
  • Unwanted Spouse: Some fans interpret he's this to Norway based on the third Sweden/Norway Union.
  • Weapon of Mass Destruction/Foreign Queasine: It was humorously noted in Berwald's original character profile that he was making massive amounts of Surströmming - "...the food that can pretty much be used as an ultimate weapon."
  • When He Smiles: The only time he was ever seen smiling was when he adopted Sealand (shown here, scroll down to the bottom of the page), and it was adorable.
    • Again, he's also seen smiling at Finland at the end of the Polish-Swedish Wars strip.

"No matter how I see it, you guys do look like brothers. You know, the way you're weirdly scary, and how you have weird friends. And to begin with, we're all something like brothers. And I am the elder brother... WAH!""

Voiced by: Hiroshi Shimozaki (JP), Montgomery Sutton (EN, World Series), Greg Ayres (EN, The Beautiful World)

He is the fireball of energy of Northern Europe! A powerful big brother who, in the old days, was full of guts and fought with Sweden! Today, he's come to calm down considerably, and puts his strength into social services, organic products, and making furniture.

He's optimistic and easy-going, and is the liveliest of the Nordics. Sometimes so lively that it irritates the other nations or gets himself into trouble.

"Hurry up and start saying it, you! Bro-o-ther!"

Voiced by: Masami Iwasaki (JP), Alex Organ (EN)

A young man with a mysterious aura and can see fairies and ghosts. He speaks very little and appears like he's not concerned about the world's problems. He always gets into a fight with his little brother Iceland over mackerels. His hobby is poking at Denmark in a strange way.

"It'd be great if there was stuff like mythical phantom residents that live only in Iceland..."

Voiced by: Ayumu Asakura (JP), Jason Liebrecht (EN)

A mysterious boy with a cool exterior and a hot interior. He tries to act mature, but he still has an immature side. He is cleverly turning the hot water that is found in his country into spas to attract more tourists.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Received blue eyes in World Series, though he also initially had them in the earliest manga illustrations. In Beautiful World (season 5), his eyes are changed back to purple, but his hair is now blond to match the other Nordics instead of silver.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Finland calls him either "Ai-kun" or "Ice-kun."
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: He has an awareness of the fourth wall audience. He introduced himself in the beginning of The Movie. Mentioned to the audience if they expected him to do something in the "Making a Good Product in Northern Europe" strip. And during Hetaween 2011, after commenting about the other Nordics acting like kids, he looks behind him and tells the audience to stop staring at him.
  • Can't Catch Up: In a way; it's stated in "Meeting of The Nordic" that he's always one step behind the other Nordics -and maybe the rest of Europe- in terms of European trends.
  • A Day in the Limelight: During Hetalia Bloodbath 2010.
  • Foreign Cuss Word: In The Movie his first line was "Oh skít"
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: In the 2010 Christmas Bloodbath he gets distracted by Germany's muscles.
  • Inter Generational Friendship: Sorta, with Turkey in the Hetalia Bloodbath 2010. It helps that Iceland is already a teenager, not a child.
    • The Bloodbath has him more or less cool, but still worrying for his fellow Nordics and keeping up with Turkey.
  • A Nation and his Puffin
  • Mystical White Hair: Icelandic people are stereotyped to be fair haired and superstitious.
  • Nice Shoes: His trademark white boots.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: He's often shown with a Puffin bird.
  • Only Sane Man: Seems to think of himself as this in comparison to the rest of the Nordics.
  • Purple Eyes: It alludes to the Icelandic culture being akin to the belief of nature spirits and the atmosphere of the Northern Lights.
  • Shrinking Violet: He doesn't like having attention on himself and gets embarrassed when the other Nordics playfully tease him.
  • Spit Take: When Denmark exclaimed about seeing flying cows. And all over Mr. Puffin too.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: He's described as being cold on the outside, but warmer and "hot-blooded" on the inside. The Nordic strips show him as being cool in the beginning and somewhat losing it by the end.
    • It may allude to his land's topography as a very cold island... but it's made of volcanoes.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He's seen eating salty licorice in the "Making a Good Product in Northern Europe" strip.
  • Tsundere: Shows hints of being a Type A with his constant denial that he enjoys the company of the other Nordics.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Seems to be type 2 with his Puffin according to Hetalia Fantasia and his character song.