What are the Nordic Countries?

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What are the Nordic Countries?

What are the Nordic Countries?

What are the Nordic countries, and how do they differ from the Scandinavian countries? It’s a difficult distinction to make, but historically the difference is important. If you are moving to one of the Nordic countries, you’ll be relocating to Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark or Iceland. If, however, you’re planning a move to Scandinavia, you’ll be looking for removals to Norway, Denmark or Sweden.

How are the Nordic Countries Different From Scandinavia?

To this day, calling people from Finland or Iceland ‘Scandinavian’ will earn you a blunt correction. Why so touchy? Well, the countries of the Scandinavian peninsula are Denmark, Norway and Sweden. However, Iceland was at one point in its history ruled by Denmark, and Finland by Sweden. So, to call either of those countries Scandinavian is to regress them to their pre-independence history.

The term ‘Nordic Countries’ derives from the term ‘Nordern’ which means ‘the Northern lands’. It is seen as an acceptable description for the region and each of its members. These are the three Scandinavian countries, plus Finland and Iceland which are now sovereign states, and the autonomous Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland.

What Distinguishes the Nordic Countries?

The Nordic countries are now far more than a geographically determined collection of countries. Here’s just a few of the ways in which they are a distinct entity:

  • The Nordic Council was established after WW2 to ensure inter-governmental co-operation. They oversee free movement across the Nordic countries.
  • The Nordic Model supports a welfare state that provides benefits to all citizens, paid for by a system of high taxation.
  • The Nordic Countries are amongst the wealthiest in the world and there has been comparatively little social unrest since WW2.
  • The World Happiness Report was initiated in 2012 and throughout its history the top 5 has been dominated by Nordic countries. Finland currently holds the top spot.
  • The Nordic Cross design is used in all the Nordic countries’ flags (except Greenland) each one differentiated by colour.

Moving to the Nordic Countries With Schepens

Schepens Removals has been providing removals to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland for over a century now. We make weekly runs to each of them, covering the capital cities and locations across the country. Whilst we’re located in the UK, we do so much work in the Nordic countries that we also have a base in Jönköping, Sweden.

Our long association with the Nordic countries allows us to pass on a number of benefits to our movers. As well as providing stress-free removals, thanks to our knowledge of the region, our regular runs mean that we can offer flexible scheduling, affordable pricing and full or part-load shipping.

Tailored Removals to the Nordic Countries

We offer specialist removals to 4 of the Nordic countries, which means that each client is allocated a move co-ordinator with huge experience of removals to that country. We create tailored removals plans for all our movers and offer support at every step of the process.

Schepens removals services include:

  • Free No Obligation Removals Quotation. Once we know the extent of your move, we’ll provide a detailed and accurate quote to help with your budgeting.
  • Insurance. Your goods will be covered during transit. If you require additional Accidental Damage or Extended Liability insurance, we can arrange cover.
  • Professional Packing Services. Need help with packing up your home? Schepens’ BAR trained team will do the job in hours using sturdy and sustainable packaging.
  • Specialist Removals. Our specialist team has moved a few pianos to the Nordic countries in their time, as well as art works and antiques requiring bespoke handling.
  • Self Storage. If you’re working in the Nordic countries and need local self storage back in the UK, Schepens has a number of storage facilities offering a clean and secure environment for your goods.
  • Transport. Your goods are transported in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system, ensuring little or no movement of vehicle content.

Second-to-None Customer Service

“We had a great experience moving back to Stockholm with Schepens! We didn’t have a huge amount of boxes and furniture, so they gave us the option of dropping everything off at their warehouse in the New Forest, which made the move much cheaper and was very appreciated! It was also great to have them manage the customs process for us and ensure everything went through smoothly.”


Are you planning a move to one of the Nordic countries? Call Schepens today to find out more about the range of ways we can support your move – 01794 323558