The southern and by far most populous regions

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The southern and by far most populous regions

Post by jancancook on Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:06 am

The southern and by far most populous regions of Scandinavia have a temperate climate. Scandinavia extends to the north of the Arctic Circle, but has relatively mild weather for its latitude due to the Gulf Stream. Much of the Scandinavian mountains have an alpine tundra climate. There are many lakes and moraines, legacies of the last glacial period, which ended about ten millennia ago.
The vast majority of the human population of Scandinavia are Scandinavians, descended from several (North) Germanic tribes who originally inhabited the southern part of Scandinavia and what is now northern Germany, who spoke a Germanic language that evolved into Old Norse and who were known as Norsemen in the Early Middle Ages. The Vikings are popularly associated with Norse culture. The Icelanders and the Faroese are to a significant extent, but not exclusively, descended from peoples retroactively known as Scandinavians; in Finland, the Scandinavians only constitute a minority, mostly found in the southwest. The extreme north of Norway, Sweden and Finland is home to a small minority of Sami people, whereas Finland's majority population are Finns.


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