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Isolated people in Sweden only stopped using runes 100 years ago

In a remote part of Sweden they used runes until just a hundred years ago. The people in the area also speak their own language: Elfdalian.

Fight on to preserve Elfdalian, Sweden's lost forest language

OPINION: Secret language has preserved linguistic features that are to be found nowhere else in Scandinavia.

Why Finland and Norway still shun university tuition fees – even for international students

OPINION: A high level of education is beneficial for all of society, so individual human beings should not have to pay for it, argues Professor Jussi Välimaa.

New fungus species discovered in Scandinavia

Scientists have discovered a fungus so tiny that it can only be seen through a magnifying glass -- but if you take the trouble to do so, an extremely beautiful organism appears.

Roman drunkard found on Danish island

A new archaeological find on the Danish island of Falster can be traced back to the first Roman Emperor, Augustus.

Scandinavians are the earliest Europeans

Scientists have sequenced a 37,000-year-old genome. The results show that present-day Scandinavians are the closest living relatives to the first people in Europe.

New state-of-the-art research facility is being build in Scandinavia

Construction of the world's most advanced neutron scattering facility is finally to begin after ten years of preparation.

Too little fruit and veg in children’s diet

European children are eating far less fruit and vegetables than recommended, EU survey shows.

Swedes’ views on immigration get more polarised

Swedes have become generally more positive toward immigration, but a small xenophobic minority might be making a little headway.

Old Arabic texts describe dirty Vikings

Arabs who encountered Scandinavians who had journeyed eastward depicted them as handsome people but filthy and barbaric.