Are Scandinavian people a different race?

No, they’re white, and have been understood as being ‘white’, ‘caucasian’, ‘European’ for all of the period (since 19th century, roughly speaking) in which race was constructed as a relevant social and biological category. But Scandinavians have been understood historically as a ‘sub-race’ within the caucasian race. People in the past have often categorized them to be ‘more white’ or ‘better’ than other white people. Scandinavians often ranked high above in the hierarchy of races.

British and American eugenicists in the turn of the century often classed ‘Nordic’ or ‘Germanic’ people as being ‘more European’ (therefore better) than non-Germanic Europeans. This was a self-serving myth that was used to explain the remarkable economic and political success of countries like Britain and Germany, and the relative success of France in comparison to Spain or Italy. Contrast this idea to Max Weber’s thesis that the achievements of North Europeans have to do more with their Protestantism and not race.

From Madison Grant, The Passing of the Great Race; or, the Racial Basis of European History (1916)

Several decades later, when the Third Reich invaded Norway and Denmark, the “Nazis” produced propaganda posters like these that promoted the idea that the ‘Aryans of the Aryans’ were now members of the German empire. Much like a lot of the romanticist imagery constructed by conservative nationalists, they employed medievalist symbols that portrayed Scandinavians as successors to the Vikings.

Den danske viking side om side med den tyske soldat. Plakaten blev brugt til at hverve frivillige til kampen på østfronten


These myths that were carried across the 19th and 20th centuries served to strengthen the sub-categorisation of Scandinavians as a race of people of the highest quality. Even today, I believe that elements of how racial scientists understood Nordic people still live on within the popular imagination. It’s not uncommon for people to assume Scandinavian people, or generally fair-skinned caucasians, to be somehow less-threatening or more well-behaved than other races. People within and outside Scandinavia who voice concern of how immigration is ruining the Nordic countries employ these sinister racial undertones of how non-whites are ‘contaminating’ the homogeneity of Scandinavia.


  1. ᛋᛉᚺ|ᛟᚾ · February 4, 2017

    More like one European race with a single core and several branches which extend outwards into distinct sub-groups. You and I both know who the core are as we’ve discussed this before and I believe each sub-group has it’s right to self-determination, preservation, and ethnic cohesion without being eroded by hostile alien influences.


    • vikinglifeblog · February 4, 2017

      Yes, I agree! Pan-European nationalism, NO THANKS! – Real nationalism, YES PLEASE!

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      • ᛋᛉᚺ|ᛟᚾ · February 4, 2017

        Pan-Europeanism can work but not in the Civic-Nationalist sense. Everyone must respect the boundaries of biological regions/ethno-states, no exceptions made for one group if everyone is to abide to the same rules either!

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    • vikinglifeblog · February 4, 2017

      Exactly! That is also my main problem with the Alt-Right and the right-wing views, in general.
      It’s the only way, we can have a peaceful and prosper Europe!

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  2. larryzb · February 19, 2017

    What about the Finns? They do not appear to be like the other Scandinavians and do not appear to be like the Russian Slavs to the east.

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    • ᛋᛉᚺ|ᛟᚾ · February 19, 2017

      From my understanding Finnish people are a mixture of Scandinavian(Swedes) and Baltic(Lapplanders). Western Russians are more similar to Finns in the regard they are both Finno-Ugiric peoples more or less a similar ethnic admixture unlike Slavs with comprise the rest of Russia and Eastern Europe.

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    • vikinglifeblog · February 19, 2017

      Yeah, they are quite unique. They are from the east, but heavily influenced by Scandinavians.
      Finland is a Nordic country (like Iceland), not Scandinavian (like Denmark, Sweden and Norway). 🙂

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