Famous Nordic People

Can you name these famous Nordic people, real and fictional?
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Last updated: December 2, 2019
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First submittedJanuary 12, 2013
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Norse God of thunder and lightning
God for whom Wednesday is named
Author of "The Girl With the
Dragon Tattoo"
Stieg Larsson
"Horrible" comic strip Viking
Hägar the Horrible
Shakespearean Prince of Denmark
Creator of the Linux operating system
Linus Torvalds
Existential philosopher who
wrote "Either/Or"
Søren Kierkegaard
First person to reach the South Pole
Roald Amundsen
"Finlandia" composer
Jean Sibelius
Culinary Muppet
Swedish Chef
Swedish pop group whose music
is used in "Mamma Mia!"
Swede who won Wimbledon
five straight times
Björn Borg
Icelandic singer who wore a
swan dress
Dynamite inventor
and Peace Prize namesake
Alfred Nobel
Female lead in "Casablanca"
Ingrid Bergman
He painted "The Scream"
Edvard Munch
Discovered Greenland
Erik the Red
Founder of Vinland, son of
the above
Leif Ericson
Figure-skater who won Olympic
gold at age 15, in 1928
Sonja Henie
Fairy tale author who wrote
"The Little Mermaid"
Hans Christian
Level 82
Jan 25, 2013
Ericson... son of Eric... duh... how'd I miss that... also... Iceland is Scandinavian? and Odin and Thor are both Aesir.
Level 43
Apr 24, 2023
I'm pretty sure the Scandinavia consist of Denmark, Sweden and Norway. And the Nordic countries are Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland. But I'm not 100% sure :-)
Level 22
Sep 6, 2023
Level 78
Dec 30, 2013
I'm with Quizmaster...right or wrong, to me Scandanavia is the "way up there" countries + Denmark.
Level ∞
Jan 7, 2014
In this case, though, I was wrong. :) I changed the quiz to "Nordic people".
Level 55
Feb 2, 2015
God after wednesday is named is called (by us) Wodan, but it wont accept that.
Level 83
Feb 6, 2018
Found the Saxon.
Level 45
Mar 18, 2019
The quizz title says "Nordic". Hence, nordic name.
Level 77
Jun 5, 2021
But Wednesday isn't derived from Odin but Wotan.
Level 70
Dec 14, 2021
Wednesday in Swedish is "Onsdag" = Odens dag = day of Odin.
Level 58
Aug 30, 2015
I'd say "Leif" would be a better answer than "Erikson" when searching for Leif Ericson. I had tried all kinds of things (Leif, Leifur, Leif the Lucky, Leif Eriksson...) before going for Erikson and getting it.
Level 82
Oct 7, 2016
Everything was going well until I got to figure skating. I wouldn't know who won figure skating gold in 2014, let alone 1928.
Level 66
Dec 3, 2018
Heinie is not that obscure; she became a well known Hollywood actress. Most, if not all, of her roles, however, did include her skating.
Level 77
Jun 27, 2022
Watch some MASH. Colonel Potter was a big fan of hers.
Level 40
Jun 6, 2017
Leif Ericsson is usually spelled Eriksson in Scandinavia. Both spellings should be ok.
Level 85
Aug 19, 2017
Kicking myself for missing Hans Christian Andersen. Surprised not to see Max von Sydow on here. Tremendous actor.
Level 76
Aug 20, 2018
Hinga dinga durgen!
Level 66
Feb 10, 2022
wasted loads of time trying to remember a specific name, never thought of just 'Swedish Chef'
Level 75
Jan 28, 2020
the first time I can use my Sibelius knowledge for something..
Level 52
Dec 7, 2020
Always thought is was Ronald Amundsen.
Level 81
Apr 19, 2021
Nah mate, it's Roald, as in McDoald :)
Level 72
May 5, 2021
Hagbard should be accepted as comic strip Viking as this is his name in Danish
Level 48
Mar 15, 2022
And Harald, as is the Finnish name for him!
Level 61
Feb 10, 2022
What about Edvard Grieg?
Level 52
Apr 25, 2022
Where is Felix?
Level 66
Oct 11, 2022
Spent ages on Munch as I couldn't get two names out of my head: Gustav Klimt and Jon Voight...
Level 68
Jan 3, 2023
Nice quiz. The World Chess Champion could be a good addition to this.
Level 66
Aug 18, 2023
Grieg should REALLY be included here. Just compare his music to ABBAs!

Thanks for an interesting quiz.