Scandinavian & Baltic Studies

What is Scandinavia? You may have heard about the Vikings, read the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, or bought your furniture at IKEA. Scandinavia encompasses much more! This region has a long cultural history, and we offer you the chance to learn more about it.

Scandinavia and the Nordic Region include Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden as well as the lands of the indigenous Sámi peoples.

Present-day Scandinavia is a land of innovation and creativity. The social welfare system, public support to students, and social equity are among the most striking trademarks of these countries. Today, Scandinavia benefits from its remarkable history of experimentation and exploration: diplomacy, information technology, fashion, arts, and design dominate the new job market in this era of globalization. Significant international companies like IKEA (Swedish), Lego (Danish), Telenor (Norwegian), and H&M (Swedish) reflect the development of this dynamic region.

Check out our current courses (descriptions available in the registration system):

Scandinavian Studies brochure (2019)

Undergraduate Advisor for Scandinavian Studies

Lena Karlström
Scan.Advisor@ubc.ca

Scandinavian & Baltic Faculty

Dr. Kyle Frackman

Lena Karlström, M.A., Undergraduate Advisor and Swedish Lecturer

Kim West, M.A., Danish Lecturer

Dr. Geoffrey Winthrop-Young, Department Head