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Valentines Day in Scandinavia

Terri Mapes  | Published on Monday, February 6, 2017
Valentine's Day in Scandinavia:

Scandinavia has great romantic destinations and also celebrates Valentine's Day. It is actually a great place to spend your honeymoon, especially if it happens to be during Valentine's Day. Although the truth behind the Valentine's Day legends is mysterious, the countless stories about Valentine as a person certainly emphasize his appeal as romantic figure. It's no surprise that Valentine was one of the most popular saints in Europe. What is happening nowadays in Scandinavia on Valentine's Day, February 14?


One of the popular Valentine’s Day customs in Denmark is sending of white flowers called ‘Snowdrops’. Also on this day, young couples swap funny little poems or love notes, known as ‘gaekkebrev’. The sender of a ‘gaekkebrev’ writes a rhyme for his beloved, though he signs the message with dots, not a name. If the recipient guesses the name correctly, she receives an egg at Easter.


Iceland sees a generous use of flowers. Sending flowers to the beloved is a very common custom and several types of bouquets are available. Glorious rose bouquets are available all over the country, starting from neighborhood shops to specialist florist shops. Another noticeable feature of Valentine's Day in Iceland is the festive food. Remember, in Iceland's dark winter (Polar Nights), you can have both dinner and breakfast by candlelight...


Despite the fact that Finland has celebrated Valentine's Day only since the 1980s, it's now a beloved annual event. There are dedicated dances and events. Finns call Valentine's Day "Ystävänpäivä", literally meaning "Day of Friendship.


In Norway, Valentine's Day has become a very important part in the social calendar for many, especially younger folks. In Norway, according to the legends, the sight of birds mating are a sure sign of spring and love. So Valentine's Day in Norway has become associated with that, and Norwegians tend to look for birds especially on February 14. Spring celebrations and Valentine's Day celebrations have become interlinked over the years.


Valentine's Day in Sweden is celebrated by Swedish couples in a variety of ways - by visiting a nice restaurant, going to a club with live music, or watching the sunset from the beach. Back in the 1960s, flower-sellers in Sweden – inspired by their American counterparts – began to promote Valentine’s Day. Today, huge amounts of roses, jelly hearts and pastries are sold and exchanged by lovers. The young Swedes in particular have adopted the custom. Sweden's idea behind Valentine's Day is to show your love and appreciation of another.