Nordic countries

The Nordic countries make up the northernmost part of western Europe, extending into the Arctic. While Scandinavia is made up of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, the Nordic countries also include Finland and Iceland.

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Skanderborg Festival

Second biggest festival in Denmark. A beautiful setting in a forest area hosting many Danish as well as international names. Roughly 50,000 tickets for sale.

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G! Festival

The Faroes' main (and arguably only) event, with around 10,000 participants and 6,000 tickets sold every year. Mainly local and Scandinavian bands.

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Norway's main rock festival although deliberately intimate; located centrally in an Oslo park and using the whole city as a stage in the night.

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Hove Festival mixes large international acts with Norwegian bands in the unique setting of an island outside Arendal city. 50,000 tickets sold.

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Iceland Airwaves

A progressive, trendsetting, music festival that attracts around 2000 visitors every year, besides the many locals showing up.

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Sweden's main synth festival, takes place close to Norwegian border in mid Sweden and has an attendance of ~30,000.

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Roskilde Festival

One of the worlds most famous rock festivals, with 70,000 tickets for sale and 30,000 volunteers.

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Sweden's main rock festival, takes place in southern Sweden and has an attendance of ~30,000.

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Finland's largest music festival, held on an island in Turku, with around 70,000 spectators.

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About Nordic countries

Strictly speaking, Scandinavia covers only Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The term Nordic countries also includes Finland and Iceland. Greenland is geographically a part of North America, but is politically linked to the rest of the Nordic countries by being both an integral part of the Danish Kingdom and a member of the cooperative political entity called the Nordic Council.

The Nordic countries share many cultural traits, including similar flags, and most of their languages are related. While Denmark, Finland and Sweden are EU members, Norway and Iceland have rejected EU membership, while taking part in the EFTA and the Schengen area.

The Nordic countries are high-income countries, and particularly Norway and Iceland have profited from an abundance of natural resources. Sweden and Finland also have their share of natural resources, but are in the international marketplace mostly famous for strong brands like Volvo, Saab, Ericsson and Nokia. Although Denmark has developed sophisticated businesses in a number of industries, it is above all the leading agricultural country in the North. High minimum wages and taxes translate into high prices for visitors.

Elaborate welfare states are a common characteristic of the Nordic countries. Most things are highly organized, and visitors can expect everything to proceed according to plans, rules and timetables. The Nordic countries are the least corrupt in the world, together with Canada, New Zealand and Singapore, and enjoy a relatively low crime rate.

Source: wikivoyage