Thyra Dane

Author of Romance. Blogs about Scandinavia, Vikings and books.

Mobility, knowledge, skill and the element of surprise. Those are some of the answers to how the Vikings seem to have won all their battles. Viking researcher Else Roesdahl answers the question about why Vikings were so superior in battles in this article (in Norwegian). “Archeological findings and written sources show that Vikings didn’t always …

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Hair candles? Singing about an Italian saint? Lusekatter? It’s Lucia Day in Scandinavia today. Every year on December the 13th you’ll see thousands of Scandinavian children (and adults) with white dresses and candles in their hair, singing the Lucia song in schools, kindergartens, and workplaces. This is in memory of Lucia of Syracusa who suffered …

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Have an "utepils" with me

Spring is here! Don’t be fooled by the snow everywhere. Norwegians have decided that it’s spring now, no matter how deep the snow is. How can you tell it’s spring? Here are five signs of spring in Norway. 1, Everyone talks about the sun We’ve been sun-deprived for months and when it’s finally here–even in …

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Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974

Which Scandinavian winners of the Eurovision Song Contest do you remember? Bobbysocks? Olsen Brothers? Surely, you remember ABBA? Denmark and Norway have chosen the winners of this year’s national Eurovision song contests and Sweden will pick theirs next Saturday. I figured I would celebrate this by looking back at all the Scandinavian winners of the …

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