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Sexy Scandinavian

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"Valkyrie" by Tom Wood
Scandinavians, especially Swedes, have long been stereotyped as being a strikingly beautiful group of people, particularly the women. In many works, Scandinavian female characters are portrayed as naive, beautiful, and all-around hot. Usually the hero can't help becoming smitten when he meets one. Usually doesn't turn into a relationship since she's 'too' hot to be more than a Ms. Fanservice type, though, but sometimes she does. She typically has the standard Scandinavian traits: tall, blue eyes, blonde hair, thick accent, and the demeanor of an Innocent Fanservice Girl, but sometimes she can be a Femme Fatale.

Tends to overlap with Statuesque Stunner, since Scandinavians are much taller on average than most other ethnicities, and Europeans Are Kinky.

Males can fall under this trope as well, though they are rarer.

A Sub-Trope of Norse by Norsewest, Everyone Loves Blondes, and Foreign Fanservice.

A Sister Trope to Sensual Slavs, Gorgeous Greek and Circassian Beauty.

Contrast Brawn Hilda (who is also often a Nordic woman, but she's large, intimidating, and unattractive).



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  • The Swedish Bikini Team is five gorgeous blondes in blue bikinis that participate in various sports, to the distraction of their male competitors. They were shilling Old Milwaukee beer, by the way.
  • Arctic Apple scented Secret Deodorant used a stereotypical-looking Nordic woman for their magazine ad.

    Anime & Manga 
  • High School D×D: Rias Gremory is said to be Scandinavian, though she’s actually a Devil from the Underworld. Of course, she's one of the most attractive girls in the series. Red-haired example. Later on, the story introduces the Valkyrie Rosswiese, who fits this trope better.
  • Stella Bremer from Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse is a very traditional example, having the largest bust of all female cast.
  • Julie Sigtuna from Absolute Duo is a very unusual example: she belongs to a fictional country named after a legendary location in Scandinavian mythology and she has the habit of speaking Scandinavian words such as "ja" and "nej" (yes and no, respectively). She's attractive enough, but more in the Moe sense.
  • Christine Waldegård from The Third Girls Aerial Squad.
  • Anthea Kallenberg from Under the Dog
  • Male example: All the Nordic countries from Axis Powers Hetalia.
  • Axel Von Fersen from The Rose of Versailles as well.
  • Kamigami No Asobi has two Norse gods, Loki and Baldr, in its Crossover Cosmology harem. Baldr is a perfect combination of this and Long-Haired Pretty Boy.
  • Horn Skuld of Seraph of the End is implied to be Scandivanian. She's a female vampire in her twenties with big boobs. Her last name "Skuld" means "dept" or "future" in Old Norse. She was one of the three Norns, or goddesses of destiny, in Norse-Germanic mythology. Skuld was also the Name of a Valkyrie.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • The oldest examples of this trope are actresses Greta Garbo, famous for her Femme Fatale roles, Ingrid Bergman and sex symbol Anita Ekberg.
    • In Queen Christina Garbo plays on her sexy foreigner fame even more by portraying an actual Swedish queen and looking absolutely stunning in the role. The fact that the story is set in Sweden and in a distant past makes it all the more romanticizing and sensual for the audience.
  • Summer with Monika: There's reason to believe this movie may be the Trope Maker or the Trope Codifier. The movie shows nudity, glorifies a woman (Monika, played by Harriet Andersson) who is entirely comfortable with her body and refuses to submit to bourgeois norms and codes.
  • Ulla, the Swedish woman Max hires as a secretary in The Producers. She speaks no English and does little more than dance around and look pretty.
  • In Wayne's World, Wayne gets hit on by a sexy Swedish secretary for knowing so much about her home country.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis quite hilariously disguises herself as Inga from Sweden (in an Austrian dress) in Trading Places.
  • Victoria Silvstedt's character (Silvstedt herself counts) and the rest of the Swedish Sun Tanning Team from Boat Trip, and again in another movie, this time with Zach Galifianakis in a hot tub in the movie Out Cold.
  • Young Frankenstein: Dr. Frankenstein has a pretty blond sex kitten of an assistant named Inga.
  • In Two Days in the Valley, multiple comments are made about both the attractiveness and Scandinavian heritage of Helga. (Played by Charlize Theron in one of her earliest roles.)
  • In The Prince & Me, there's an American girl who falls in love with a handsome prince from Denmark. Even though all the actors are clearly American it still thrives on the erotic foreigner trope and the idea that Scandinavians are sexy.
  • German-born actress Elke Sommer often played this trope in her films.
  • In Kingsman: The Secret Service, the protagonist rescues a kidnapped Swedish princess in the end, Bond-style.
  • Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Norse god/superhero with long blond hair and many shirtless scenes.
  • Lena in Underworld: Blood Wars was a drop-dead gorgeous Nordic vampire with Mystical White Hair.
  • In Cashback Ben reminisces about when he was a little kid and his family took in a spectacularly gorgeous Swedish woman with no nudity taboo as a boarder.
  • In Beerfest, the Swedish team is made up entirely of gorgeous blonde women wearing bikinis. This was an intentional Shout-Out to the Swedish Bikini Team advertising campaign for Old Milwaukee Beer.
  • A scene in Baseketball shows Doug making out with Playboy Playmate of the Year Victoria Silvstedt (playing herself). Silvstedt hails from Sweden, and she also happens to be tall, blonde, busty, and beautiful.
  • Kung Fury has The Hero meeting in his quest a duo of hot Breast Plate-wearing female Vikings wielding machine guns and riding dinosaurs. Its that kind of movie.
  • Tomorrow Never Dies: Inga Bergstorm is an Danish teacher that has a fling with James Bond and spends her entire appearance wrapped in a bedsheet.

  • In The Dresden Files local mafia boss Gentleman Johnny Marcone hires Sigrun Gard as his supernatural consultant. She's a statuesque Scandinavian blonde, described by Dresden as 'a Nordic Angel' and not afraid to use her looks. She's also a bonafide valkyrie and Action Girl.
  • Atali, the eponymous The Frost-Giant's Daughter in Conan the Barbarian was a beautiful, Stripperiffic woman from Aesir legends whom Conan meets while in his stay in the distant northern lands. She was so maddeningly pretty that she drove him insane with lust.
  • Christine Daaé, the female lead in The Phantom of the Opera is actually Swedish, being born near Uppsala. While "sexy" isn't the exact word to describe her, she is so beautiful that she attracts Eric's affection and the novel describes her as being blonde like a typical Scandinavian, which is ironic since the musicals portray her as a brunette
  • In Pretty Little Liars, Aria Montgomery's loyal boyfriend Noel is temporarily besotted with the exotic Finnish foreign exchange student, Klaudia Huusko (dubbed a "Nordic goddess"), who pretends to not know how sexy she is but is really just trying to get into Noel's pants.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine, "The Swedes": Soren and Agneta, the duo of Swedish detectives who come to investigate to New York and join Jake and Rosa on the case. They are both hot. Lampshaded by Jake who says they're all tall and beautiful.
  • One episode of The Golden Girls had Rose's cousin Sven come to visit and fall for Blanche. He wanted to call off his upcoming arranged marriage, but when the girl who was to be his bride showed up, she was a hot blonde like this. Sven is awed and runs off with her right away.
  • Fraulein Helga, Col. Klink's receptionist on Hogan's Heroes, was one. Blonde and buxom, she had most of the men in the camp (Germans and prisoners alike) drooling over her (and apparently was having an affair with Col. Hogan), and played at being the dumb sultry type, but was really quite intelligent and often helped the prisoners. Fraulein Hilda replaced her in season two, and was more of the same.
  • Elke the Swedish exchange student in Oliver Beene, a beautiful blonde teen girl and everybody's crush.
  • For a while, TV ads for Old Milwaukee beer featured appearances by the "Swedish Bikini Team".
  • Both Lagertha and Aslaug are portrayed this way in Vikings, Aslaug especially so, as she is supposedly the literal daughter of the legendary Sigurd and Brynhildr, and a princess (though against stereotype she has long wavy auburn hair). Lagertha is a drop-dead gorgeous blonde who is a shield-maiden and fights alongside the men, eventually becoming a leader of her own tribe. The hero is married to one, once married to the other, and smitten with both.
    • Also Thorunn, Bjorn's wife, who appears in later seasons, has a straight up nordic supermodel looks.


    Myths & Religion 
  • Odin's messengers, the Valkyries, are known for their beauty as well as selecting the bravest of the slain warriors to be admitted into Warrior Heaven. Of course, in more authentic myths, Valkyries were anything but beautiful, what with their riding wolves and specifically engineering circumstances that would lead to the deaths of great warriors in order to people Odin's corpse hall. Nonetheless, some Valkyries were still sufficiently hot enough that Scandinavian saga heroes — such as Helgi Hundingsbane — took them as wives.

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    Web Comics 
  • Ingrid, of Sandra on the Rocks... isn’t especially tall. Which is the only thing that might save her from being raising this trope to the level of parody
  • Scandinavia and the World:
    • Sister Sweden is based on Danish stereotypes of Swedish women, and thus is this trope taken Up to Eleven: She's a busty, beautiful, blond and blue-eyed Ms. Fanservice, an Ethical Slut who'll do Anything That Moves. To hammer the point home, a bonus drawing by Humon reveals that her natural breasts are actually larger than Sister America's implants.
    • Sister Iceland (technically not Scandinavian, but definitely Nordic) is also conventionally pretty... as is her brother.
  • In Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki, a boy who is fascinated with magical girl anime gets turned into a buxom blonde valkyrie.
  • Stand Still, Stay Silent: Finnish Wrench Wench Tuuri squees at the thought of meeting a Swede, since all Swedes are pretty and tall. The Swedish team member, Emil, is very pretty (complete with Bishie Sparkle and gorgeous hair), but Tuuri is very disappointed that he isn't much taller than her.

    Western Animation 
  • In The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Carl meets his penpal Elke Elkberg, a cute Swedish girl, for the first time and lies about being a genius to impress her (and though she, too, lied about being a supermodel to impress him, you'd never have guessed).
  • Bugs Bunny lampoons this trope in "What's Opera, Doc?" (and earlier, somewhat creepily, in "Herr Meets Hare").
  • Similar to the DC comics, the sweet but naive Ice of Batman: The Brave and the Bold was the cute one, dressed sexily and had a few guys into her.
  • The eponymous Catdog had a Ship Tease with the lovely blonde Ingrid sisters.
  • Skwisgaar Skwigelf from Metalocalypse is a male example. He is Swedish, and out of all the members of Dethklok he is the one who is portrayed as being the most handsome as well as the most successful when it comes to seducing women.

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