Diadem wrote:Why would you drag up this discussion again to wrongly correct someone when the correct answer has already been given several times.
The term 'Scandinavia' primarily refers to a cultural region. It's also used geographically, as in 'The Scandinavian Peninsula', and this use actually derives from the former.
Not really, as such. Historically, the ethymology of the name Scandinavia is derived from the Skåne region, also called "Scania" internationally. The geographical use is the original, and the cultural region use came afterwards.
Granted, the original geographical use didn't refer to the same region that is currently meant by the term, but that doesn't change the fact that it was first used as a geographical term, not a cultural one.
Claiming that the derived meaning is the primary meaning is slightly weird, especially when in practical speech it's hardly ever used like that. Anyway, geographical Scandinavia includes Norway, Sweden, but also the northern part of Finland. Cultural Scandinavia (which is just Scandinavia), according to the Scandinavians themselves, includes Norway, Denmark and Sweden, but not Finland or any other country. In the rest of the world the term is sometimes used to include Finland, or even Iceland and the Faeroe Isles, but this usage should probably considered incorrect. The proper term for this group of countries is Nordic.
The term Scandinavia isn't used much, period, either as a geographical or cultural term. Inside Nordic Countries, the term that is usually used is Nordic Countries, unless there's a reason to specifically exclude Finland and Iceland.
Most often, the word "Scandinavia" gets used when talking about either the peninsula or the mountain range. Scandinavian cultural region is something that viking nationalists talk about ("hur hur, we're the proud scandinavian race" and so on).
And while we're talking geographical regions, a pet peeve of mine: Northern Europe includes the Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland), the UK, The Netherlands, Germany and the Flanders part of Belgium. The UN actually defines that differently, according to them Germany and The Netherlands are not part of Northern Europe, but the Baltic states are. The latter I can live with, the former is quite clearly insane.
Makes sense actually, considering that the Baltic states are all further north than either Germany or Netherlands. Personally, I wouldn't consider Germany, Netherlands, UK or any part of Belgium to Northern Europe, they're much more accurately described as being in Western Europe rather than Northern. Maybe Northwestern at best.