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Sefo
Sunday, February 26th, 2012, 12:07 AM
Were the majority of Vikings that swept the continental Europe and the British Isle Norwegian, Danish or Swedish? Or were they all just a mix of the three? I always here Norwegians referred to as Vikings more then Danes or Swedes.

Thanks

Sjoerd
Sunday, February 26th, 2012, 08:52 PM
There is a distinction between "Swedish" and "Danish/Norwegian" Vikings.

The Viking expeditions launched from what is now Norway and Denmark went westwards, concentrating on Western Europe (low countries), England, Ireland, and then even sailing as far as Iceland, Greenland, and Vinland.

Viking raiders from what is now Sweden, on the other hand, went mostly eastwards into modern-day Russia and further on to Byzantium and the Caliphate. Runestones and archaeological artefacts found in eastern Sweden and on the island of Gotland show that the trade exchange between eastern Sweden and the Near East was very intense at this time in history.