I do not know much about the Nordic countries - they routinely top lists measuring wealth, quality of life, etc. but I've always wondered how much those rankings are buoyed by the countries' isolation, homogeneity, and natural resources. I will need to find out someday. As of now, I've only been to Iceland. I made a last minute visit in May 2010 to drive the Ring Road and survey the volcano eruption impact. As I visit more places, certain areas begin to blend together...Iceland seems to stand out more and more.