MrBenn wrote:There was some discussion a while back about whether I should use Nordics or Scandinavia as the name for that region. Technically the Scandinavian Peninsular does only include Sweden Norway and Finland; although I was under the impression that the word Scandinavia is used synonymously with Nordic Countries, the official name of the region. Personally I prefer the word Scandinavia as it has a bit more character than Nordic which is a translation of Northern...
Any other thoughts?
and not Countries. If you talk about the term Nordic Countries then that is referring to Nordic People and used about most anyone on mainland europe from germany and above, way old and not used nowdays.
But as I said, yes Scandinavia is often used by english speaking people even though it is wrong. In just the same way as many people outside the brittish isles doesn't make any distinction between great britain/UK/england.
I personally really don't mind scandinavia as I do live in it but to someone from greenland/iceland/the faroes (and probably most finns too) it would be the same as an irish/scottish would feel about calling the BI continent for england.
The bottom line is that it is incorrect to call it scandinavia, but if you like it to stay then I won't pester you about it anymore as I can live with it (or rather live in it
EDIT: additional comments taken out due to being in the wrong thread