Bound by geographic, historic, and linguistic ties, the region of Scandinavia embraces the countries of Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden with their wealth of natural features including fjords, lakes, pine forests, glaciers, and volcanoes. During the summer, long daylight zones characterize the northern parts of the region, leading to the name "Land of the Midnight Sun." Winter brings shorter daytime hours, but the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis give an amazing glow in the dark Scandinavian sky. The economy of Iceland suffered tremendously during the 2008 financial crisis but the Scandinavian countries remain among the wealthiest in the world. Mediation and neutrality have been the hallmarks of Scandinavian interactions with the rest of the world since the 1930s. Scandinavian diplomats, filmmakers, artists, writers, and designers have made immense contributions in their respective fields, producing classic works known across the globe. Despite important connections, each country retains specific traditions. Explore Scandinavia this year with Global Focus and learn more about this unique region of the world!
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