Scandinavia with Rick Steves



Rick Steves European Travel Talk | We’ll explore the diversity of Europe’s Nordic countries from agricultural Denmark, to industrial Sweden, to fjord-splintered Norway. Along the way, we’ll visit a salty fishing island, frolic in fjord country, and compare the capitals in Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki. Download the PDF handout for this class:

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This talk was filmed during the Rick Steves European Travel Festival on Nov. 1, 2015. Any special promotions mentioned are no longer valid.

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47 thoughts on “Scandinavia with Rick Steves

  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    Please don't go on cruises.
    It's a highly polluting form of tourism, and you support the local economy much less than you would as a more traditional tourist.

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    So many wrong things in this video. Doesn't even get the countries in Scandinavia right (It's Denmark, Norway and Sweden). All people don't bike in Stockholm…. I have never even seen a bike there. That "language" on the first sign is not a language. "Only immigrants" work at 7-eleven….. No…. "There's not more young people drinking in scandinavia"… That's not true. And this is just the first 10 minutes.
    I'm happy to see that people are telling about us and trying though and a lot is still correct.

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    I can live with Finland. Nordic/Scandinavian is a mixup I get on some level, but Estonia? I'm baffled beyond belief.

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    My parents' genes originate in Scandinavia. They have 16 different royal blood lines together.

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    Too bad the northern parts of Norway, Sweden and Finland was not included. For example, the Jukkasjärvi Ice Hotel. The northern Scandinavia has a lot to offer tourists who love wilderness and nature experiences.

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    You clearly prefer Denmark over the other countries. I wish you did not waste my time with the scant amount of info you ultimately gave on Sweden (not to mention other coutries). If you are honest, you will consider renaming the title of this video.

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    I think he gives a wide and understanding perspective of life, culture, traditions and economy. I really like the areas he brings up to give a total set of lifestyle and the EXCELLENT CRUISE information!

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    The town on a slideshow that burned down and was rebuild in an art nuovo style is called Alesund, not Andalsnes. I know it already from the quick research before my trip and I haven't even opened any guide books. Now I think I shell give them a pass 😉

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    Anyone else think that his admittance to stealing from the breakfast buffet was weird? Also, I'm American, but I swear he's mispronouncing hygge.

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    We have several 4-5 lane (each way) highways in the Zeeland area, highly congested aswell.

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    It's not the parents that hire the trucks for gratulation! It's the school but all of the kids put money together to rent it!

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    He isn't perfect, but he is earnest and has some good info. Plus he prompts Americans to travel, which is a good thing.

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    "Fantasi pris tre og mur bor. Kr 10 Pr. Stk." is gibberrish! The text on that board translates to "Fantasy price three and wall drill. Kr. 10 a piece", the correct way to spell it in danish what he says, would be "Fantastisk pris tre eller flere for Kr. 10 pr. stk."

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    Wow… I rather think there wasn't a single minute in this video that didn't include factual errors or at the very least highly generalized non-meanings. And don't get me started on the pronunciation of place names, or translations of examples in the presentation (I would assume the presentation wasn't completely impromptu, he could have at least asked for verification of his guesses at the meaning of things).

    That notion of it being perfectly ok to steal from a breakfast buffet because the taxes are so high… Words fail me here. It's not ok. Those "high" taxes go a very short way to pay for all that safety and cleanliness, not to mention all the public transportation etc. Unlike the U.S.A., Fennoscandia is about healthy societies where the weakest aren't left to fend for themselves, and one part of that is taxation. If you have such huge problems with that ideology, then perhaps you shouldn't have come here in the first place…

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    the roadsign in the beginning was in Norwegian, not Swedish. Swedish does not have the letter "Ø", they use "Ö"

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    "Kalmar, the best sweden has to offer outside of Stockholm" looooool

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    Many wrong things here, but not all of the ones I mention are that big …
    He said "Norwegish", the main language in Norway is Norwegian.
    There are city bikes in at least Oslo, too, not just Stockholm and Copenhagen.
    Norwegians can understand Swedish and Danish TV. I've heard that it is harder for swedes and danes to communicate than for norwegians and danes or norwegians and swedes.
    4:00 That sign says (in very poor Norwegian) something like "Fantasy price (definitely not a normal thing to say)/wood and masonry/borr/10 kroner each".
    I would not say that Oslo's main airport is "far north" …
    6:00 That's Norwegian. It says "Sleepy? Stop and sleep." – not just rest.
    8:00 Is it strange that people are different in different countries? 😛
    Don't go to supermarkets for cheap food, go to small food shops (if that's what it's called in English), like Kiwi and Rema 1000 (Norway), Netto, Rema 1000 and Kiwi (Denmark) and I don't know what the cheapest in Sweden is called.
    11:00 In Norway, these 18-years-old get their drinks and buses themselves.
    13:00 There are open-air museums basically everywhere, not only the big cities.
    15:00 In Oslo, Stortinget (the Parliament) is the most dominating buliding. And the Royal Castle.
    16:30 Sorry, but many American relatives expect to get a lot from their Norwegian relatives, so American relatives are "infamous" … Just don't be arrogant ("oh, you didn't plan the whole trip for us, like what the f?").
    22:00 The nachspiel (the afterparty in German) is mostly because the clubs or bars are closed.
    23:00 He deserved to get that mic muted because he said bad things about our taxes.
    24:00 You can smoke in public, but not in restaurants and such, so it is the private places inside you can't smoke.
    37:00 Legoland is further from Aarhus than Oslo's main airport is from Oslo's city centre, and Legoland is "just outside Aarhus", but the airport is "far north of Oslo"???? Logic, man
    42:00 You forgot the Fram museum, the Norwegian Maritime Museum and the "Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities", mostly called the HL-centre or the Holocaust-centre. They are also at Bygdøy. And the King's farm.
    45:30 That might be partly true, but there was mostly someone who stayed in Norway. They did not have enough land, but that did not mean that they would go from the land they already had, if it was enough to feed someone, at least.
    46:30 Maihaugen is not close to Oslo, given that the airport is far from Oslo.
    47:30 Åndalsnes is not far north. It is south of Norway's midpoint.
    53:00 There are islands in the Oslo fjord, just outside Oslo, too, which has boats going to all of them, I think.

    And I'm not going to say much about the pronounciation … But it is mostly wrong, but that's natural and all-right.

    And by the way, is it really shocking to see a dad with his kids? 😛

    Note that I'm Norwegian, so there might be something about Sweden and/or Denmark which was wrong, which I haven't noticed. And Estonia is far away from most Norwegian's knowledge.
    And sorry for my English errors – I guess there are some/many in this comment.

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    2$ for a beer!!!Not in Denmark…1$ for a Carlsberg or 1/2$ for a discount beer.Denmark is also rather dence populated.But he is right that we feel close.If I had to leave DK,I woould without a doubt move to S or N as first choice!!!

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    "Denmark and Stockholm are two of the very best cities in Europe for biking" I stopped watching here, lol.

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    Also, frequent hourly intercity shuttle train services are the norm in the southern parts of all mainland Nordic nations.

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    The Norwegian Art Nouveau city is Ålesund, NOT Andenes. I have been to both.

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    Sweden deserves more time here. He just scanned through it.

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    I know Estonia is not Scandinavia, but if he started with the Baltics then Riga, Latvia also has an open air museum… not sure about Lithuania and Vilnius but they might have too

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    Scadinavia is; Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Island. Finland is not a Scandinavian country nor Estonia.

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    You would think that someone who bases his career around tours would put just the tiniest bit of effort into learning to pronounce place names, if nothing else. He pronounces things as if he's an American with zero knowledge of Scandinavia reading place names out of a book with a bit of pride in his lack of knowledge. What is that about?
    And I have to say that I was more than a little offended by his crack about stealing sandwiches. The bit of tax he's paying on his food and drink is NOT paying for other people's retirement and medical care. BUT it does maybe contribute a small amount to the clean streets, tourist bikes, upkeep on castles and museums, etc etc that make a place worth visiting. Safe, clean, tourist-worthy societies aren't free, but they're worth the investment. Don't be such a cheapskate – it's embarrassing.

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    "expensive" not for us living here. I mean I can do and almost buy everything. No not billionaire stuff, but everyday items/restuarants etc.

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    a fun fact most people dont know is we in Denmark have a 1200 year old tradition of getting our beer from germany.

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    The other videos from Norway and Sweden was very good, and accurate. Some errors here. Generally Steves are knowledgeable.

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    It's okay that you include Finland, but if you include Estonia you should include Latvia and Lithuania as well. By the way, though i adore Tallin, you should not miss the other Baltic capitals: Riga is the biggest city in the Baltics; (bigger than Oslo and Helsinki), has beautiful architecture, a medieval centre, a delightful greenbelt along it's former walls, a mighty river, that was a major part of the Viking route to the black sea, and fantastic Jugendstyle archtecture in the Quarter outside the walls. In the vicinity is Jurmala beach, which in summer competes with the best in Europe north of the Alps. Vilnius is filled with fine rococco and neo-classical buildings, has fantastic history, and is one of the friendliest cities in northern Europe.

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    2:472:52 "Denmark and Stockholm are two of the very best cities in Europe for biking" Denmark is now a city…..Sorry just couldn't leave it alone……..

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    4:30

    That's not what it says Rick :D:D

    It's fantasy price
    Wood and concrete drill

    10 kroners a piece

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    Why should an american tourist go to Scandinavia instead of continental Europe ? Scandinavia has a smaller selection of everything, the weather is colder, prices are higher.

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    Norway, Denmark and  Sweden = Scandinavia 
    Norway, Sweden and Finland = Fennoscandia

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    This fellow is so full of it. He's generalizing to the extreme and he often get things dead wrong. For someone claiming to have traveled a lot through Scandinavia and spoken with Scandinavians, he doesn't know what he's talking about.

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  • August 31, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    this guy is generalizing everything. and so much of what he says is mixed up information. neither finland or estonia is a part of scandinavia at all! yes a lot of he says is good information, but soooo much is just true for one country or a part of a country and he makes it seem like its common for everyone. and NO – it's not common for parents to pour their childrens drink…

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