A blog about the history, geography, and mythology of the Nordic countries.
Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Finland, and their associated territories.
Ola Nordman is the national personification of Norway.
Ola Nordman represents the typical Norwegian person, or the population as a whole. He is usually depicted as a blond man wearing a traditional costume. His female equivalent is Kari Nordman, and together the two represent the typical Norwegian family.
The Lady of the Mountain is the national personification of Iceland.
She was first depicted in 1752 and is considered to represent all that is genuinely and purely Icelandic, as well as the Icelanders’ wish to become an independent nation.
Mother Svea is the national personification of Sweden.
Mother Svea is usually depicted as a valkyrie or shieldmaiden and is accompanied by a lion. She was first created by Swedish writer Anders Leijonstedt in 1672.