Scandinavians in the United Kingdom

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Scandinavian migration to the United Kingdom
Total population


Regions with significant populations
All over the United Kingdom, in particular, England, London, Liverpool, Manchester, Channel Islands and Shetland Islands
Languages
English, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish,
Icelandic, Faroese
Religion
Lutheran
Related ethnic groups
Scandinavian people, Germanic people

Over the last couple of centuries, there has been regular migration from the Nordic countries to the United Kingdom from families looking to settle, businesspeople, academics to migrant workers, particularly those in the oil industry.

The 2001 UK Census recorded 22,525 people born in Sweden, 18,695 in Denmark, 13,798 in Norway, 11,322 in Finland and 1,552 in Iceland. The preliminary figures from the 2011 UK Census are 29,000 born in Sweden, 19,000 in Denmark, 14,000 in Norway, 11,000 in Finland and 3,000 in Iceland.[2] So, with the exception of an additional 7,000 Swedes and 2,000 Icelanders, the number of Scandinavian-born people in the United Kingdom hasn't changed between 2001 and 2011. The Scandinavian-born population in the United Kingdom is less than 80,000.

Religion and culture[edit]

Nordic Lutherans have worshipped in England since the 16th century, and the first official congregation was established in London in 1669, its members being Germans and Scandinavians. By the end of the 17th century, two further congregations (one German and one Nordic) had been established. Now there are Lutheran congregations in all parts of Britain and Lutheran worship is conducted in a wide range of languages, reflecting its international character - German, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish and Icelandic.[3]
There are several long-established Nordic churches in London. All seek to provide Lutheran Christian worship and pastoral care to their respective national communities in their own languages. Many of the churches also organise both language classes and a wide range of social activities.
Nordic culture is very vibrant with a range of events taking place from barbecues organised by the Finnish Church in London to bonfire and firework displays organised by the Dansk Skt Hans KFUK, to Swedish midsummer (Svensk Midsommar) parties, in particular, the Små grodorna, held at London's Hyde Park and organised by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce.

Notable individuals[edit]

The table below includes Britons with significant recent Nordic ancestry.

Name Ancestry Occupation
Jacob Aagaard Denmark Danish born Scottish Grandmaster of Chess
Alexandra of Denmark Denmark Queen of the United Kingdom, consort of Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom and Emperor of India
Sir Ove Arup Denmark engineer, founder of Arup
Richard Ayoade Norway stand-up comedian and actor
Olav Bjortomt Norway quiz player
Roald Dahl Norway author
Sophie Dahl Norway fashion model and granddaughter of Roald Dahl
Camilla Dallerup Denmark ballroom dancer, a former professional on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing
Britt Ekland Sweden actress and Bond Girl
Johan Eliasch Sweden UK-based businessman,chairman & CEO of sporting goods manufacturer Head and Party deputy treasurer of the Conservative Party
Mariella Frostrup Norway journalist and radio and television presenter
Charles Hambro Denmark banker and politician, part of the Hambros Banking dynasty
Gustav Holst Sweden British composer and was a music teacher best known for his orchestral suite The Planets
Ashley Jensen Denmark Scottish actress
Ulrika Jonsson Sweden television personality
Magnus Lund Norway English rugby union player
Magnus Magnusson Iceland television presenter, notably for the BBC's Mastermind & novelist
Sally Magnusson Iceland news presenter and daughter of Magnus Magnusson
Rosita Spencer-Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough Sweden artist and noblewoman
Trude Mostue Norway celebrity veterinary surgeon and television presenter
Jan Mølby Denmark former professional footballer who spent much of his career at Liverpool F.C.
Kirsten O'Brien Norway TV presenter
Hans Rausing Sweden billionaire heir to the Tetra Pak/Tetra Laval dynasty
Christian Salvesen Norway shipowner and businessman
Edward Theodore Salvesen Norway lawyer, politician and judge
Peter Schmeichel Denmark former Manchester United goalkeeper and whose son Kasper spent his childhood in Manchester
Nicholas Ashley-Cooper, 12th Earl of Shaftesbury Sweden peer and runner
Steve Simonsen Denmark goalkeeper
Rupert Svendsen-Cook Norway Formula BMW UK race car driver
Sandi Toksvig Denmark comedienne
Beth Winslet Sweden actress
Kate Winslet Sweden actress
Christian Wolmar Sweden journalist, author, and railway historian
Mai Zetterling Sweden actress

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