Scandinavian Trivia Quiz
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1.What unusual rock formation exists on the Swedish island of Faro?
A: rauks B: ales stenar C: tors D: diamonds
2. When do Norwegians celebrate their National Day?
A: May7 B: June 6 C: May 17 D: June 7
3. What Scandinavian playwright wrote the plays "Hedda Gabler", and "Rosmersholm"?
A: H.C. Andersen B: Piet Hein C: August Strindberg D: Henrik Ibsen
4. What Province is famous for its harbor seals, cliffs, archipelago, and little islands on Sweden's "Sunny Side"?
A: Bohuslan B: Halland C: Skane D: Sodermanland
5. Which is the northernmost railway in Scandinavia and Europe?
A: Malmbanan B: Kokkola-Vitangi C: Kiruna-Narvik B: Jernbaneverket
6. What Danish Territory is the world's largest island?
A: Iceland B: Gotland C: Svalbard D: Greenland
7. In which city was H.C. Andersen born?
A: Aalborg B: Odense C: Copenhagen D: Kalmar
8. Who wrote the lead song for the film "Pretty Woman"?
A: A-Ha B: Roxette C: Randy Newman D: Benny Andersson
9.What product did 19th centurySwedish inventor J.F. Ljunglof introduce?
A: The AGA Cooker B: The milking machine C: Metallic foil for snus D: The safety match
10. How was Ingrid Bergman related to Ingmar Bergman?
A: No relation B: his niece C: his sister D: his sister-in-law
11. Where is Mariehamn, the largest city (location)?
A: Greenland B: Faroe Islands C: Aland D: Oland
12. Who burned down Goteborg in 1611?
A: Scots B: Russians C: Norwegians D: Danes
13. What is the name of the Danish candy maker famous for his chocolate liquors?
A: Anton Berg B: Anto Fazer C: Anton Marabou D: Anton Cloetta
14. What are the official languages in Finland?
A: Finnish and Russian B: Finnish and North Sami C: Finnish and Swedish D: Finnish and Norwegian
15. What Swede took off on a disastrous polar expedition?
A: Tor Morden B: S.A. Andre C: Esaias Tegner D: Gustave Froding
16. What is the tallest Mountain in the Nordic region?
A: Kebnekaise B: Galdhopiggen C: Slaettaratindur D: Hardangervidda
17. Actress Liv Ulmann was born in Japan, but what is her nationality?
A: Swedish B: Norwegian C: Danish D: Finnish
18. In what Swedish town do Henning Mankell's books about Wallander take place?
A: Lund B: Borgholm C: Ystad D: Fjallbacka
19. On which Danish island is the town of Odense located?
A: Sjaelland B: Falster C: Jylland D: Fyn
20. What is the name of the river that creates a natural border between Finland & Sweden in the north?
A: Karajohka B: Torne Alv C: Tanavattnet D: Klaralven
21. Which Swedish Actress became known as "The Face"?
A: Lena Olin B: Greta Garbo C: Ann-Margret D: Ingrid Bergman
22. The first university in Scandinavia was established in 1477 in what city?
A: Lund B: Roskilde C: Uppsala D: Copenhagen
23. Which Nordic members of the European Union do not use the Euro?
A: Sweden & Norway B: Denmark and Findland C: Sweden & Denmark
24. Who wrote the lyrics for the Norwegian National anthem "Ja, vi elsker. . .?
A: Bjorn Ulvaeus B: Liv Ullmann C: Bjornstjerne Bjornson D: Edvard Grieg
25. Who was the first Christian king in Scandinavai?
A: Harald Bluetooth B: Eric the Saint C: Harald Fairhair D: Sweyn Forkbeard
26. What was the name of the Danish Ffag (and is the oldest state flag still in use)?
A: Dannebrog B: Ampera Danica C: Margretelund D: Ambrosius Bogbinder
27. On what Swedish holiday do witches traditionally fly around the neighborhood?
A: Halloween B: All Saint's Day C: Easter D: Valborg
28. What is Hans Christian Andersen known for?
A: Reversing Danish immigration politics B: Sculpting C: writing fairy tales D: crossing the Atlantic in a 20 foot boat
29. When did the Oresund Bridge open for traffic between Sweden and Denmark?
A: July 2000 B: July 2001 C: July 2002 D: July 2003
30. Which country is pop singer-songwriter Robyn from?
A: Denmark B: Greenland C: Sweden D: Finland
31. In 1927, what inspired the Sankta Lucia tradition to grow into what we know today?
A: A daily newspaper crowned a Stockholm Lucia queen B: SvenskFilmindustri debuted a short Lucia documentary
C: King Gustav V gifted queen Victoria with a Lucia party to cheer her D: Selma Lagerof's noverl set in Sicily
32. In his novel, "The Son of a Servant", whose life does August Strindberg describe?
A: His own B: King Oscar II C: Edvard Munch D: Alfred Nobel
33. What did Swedish astronomer Anders Celsius originally call his scale for temperature?
A: Celsius B: Uppsala Measure C: centigrade D: Swedish thermometer
34. In Astrid Lundgren's story, "Jul i Bullerbyn", what could the children's grandfather smell?
A: The green Christmas tree B: The brown pepparkakor C: The red apple D: The white snow
35. What Olympic sport is Swede Jan-Ove Waldner known for being the best ever?
A: table tennis B: alpine sking C: triathlon D: boxing
36. How old was Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner Marie Curie's son-in-law, Jean Frederic Joilet-Curie, when he was the youngest
person ever to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (along with his wife Irene Joilet-Curie) in 1935?
A: 19 B: 28 C: 35 D: 44
37. What Scandinavian town is known as "rosornas stad" (city of roses)?
A: Lillehammer B:Pasadena C: Trosa D: Visby
38. What does it mean if you break your pepparkakor into 3 pieces?
A: you should eat 3 more cookies B: someone you loved sneezed C: Good luck D: you will have 3 children
39. How many local VASA Order lodges are there in the U.S.?
A: 48 B: 50 C: 128 D: 150+
40. Opinions differ as to which countries make up Scandinavia, but most seem to agree on at least three. Which three?
A: Iceland, Norway, Sweden B: Finland, Norway, Denmark C: Denmark, Iceland, Finland D: Denmark, Norway, Sweden
41. Who raised Swede's interest in mushrooms when he observed that they were a viable food sorce during times of famine in the early 1800's?
A: Gustave Unonius B: August Strindberg C: Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte D: Karl Svamp
42. What spice was used for pastries on special occasions and even imported for King Gustav Vasa's wedding in 1552?
A: saffron B: salt C: cinnamon D: ginger
43. What animal did Stockholm's Swedish National Zoo introduce to the U.S. in 1959?
A: pygmy goat B: Dala horse C: Barnevelder chicken D: musse pig
44. In what country would you receive a pepper shaker and get called a Pepperman or Peppermaid if you turn 30 and are not yet married?
A: Denmark B: Finland C: Norway D: Sweden
45. In what Swedish province, where King Gustav Vasa built Vadstena Castle, is the swan revered?
A: Oland B: Norrbotten C: Halsingland D: Ostergotland
46. What Nordic palace houses today's oldest operating European theater?
A: Norway's Skaugum B: Sweden's Drottningholm C: Denmark's Hirscholm
47. What is the English title of the 1981 Swedish comedy, Gota Kanal?
A: 1000 Boats B: Who Pulled the Plug? C: Anderson's Boat Yard D: Men with Boats
48. What does "Stockholm symdrome" really mean?
A: being homesick for Stockholm B: winning the Swedish lottery C: emotional bonding with captors D: a virus that causes rapid height growth
49. The publisher had to "stop the presses" for the very first issue of Nordstjernan to add what late breaking news in September 1872?
A: A diplomat was seeking a Swedish "domestic" and would pay $25 /month B: congratulations to Chicago, whose Swedish population was biggger than Sweden's
C: the death of King Carl XV D: arranged marriages had been banned in Sweden.
50. The monarchs of Denmark and Norway during WWII were related. How?
A: Brothers B: Father and son C: Sisters D: They were the same person