I mistook a dozen visiting northern England people for Swedes yesterday, relating to them 'Ten thousand Swedes running through the weeds, chased by one Norwegian' for their edification. How common would that misidentification be, assuming one hadn't heard them speak? Several of the men, especially, did look highly Scandinavian. When they started talking and joking I knew none of them were Swedes, of course, although Danes or Norwegians remain possibilities.

There are a large number of people descended from the Danes in this country, but the men don't have the haunted, creased and weathered look of a typical Scandinavian, only the blonde hair with some of them. Perhaps because they've become mixed with warmer blood for some
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I mistook a dozen visiting northern England people for Swedes yesterday, relating to them 'Ten thousand Swedes running through the ... they started talking and joking I knew none of them were Swedes, of course, although Danes or Norwegians remain possibilities.

Big Scandinavian influence on the North East - Jorvik and all that. NE dialect has much in common with various bits of Scandanavian speak.
John Dean
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I mistook a dozen visiting northern England people for Swedes yesterday, relating to them 'Ten thousand Swedes running through the ... only the blonde hair with some of them. Perhaps because they've become mixed with warmer blood for some 1000 years.

Last time we visited Newcastle Mrs Cat remarked "lot of Vikings about today"; that part of the country is, indeed, full of tall, sandy or redheaded people.
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I mistook a dozen visiting northern England people for Swedes yesterday, relating to them 'Ten thousand Swedes running through the ... they started talking and joking I knew none of them were Swedes, of course, although Danes or Norwegians remain possibilities.

You've hit one of my own near-obsessions: northern faces are different. Living on the south coast as I do now, on my lamentably-infrequent trips back to Yorkshire I'm always struck by the number of out-and-out Norse faces I see walking the streets. I normally stop noticing after a few days, but it's been happening to me consistently ever since I left the area.
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I mistook a dozen visiting northern England people for Swedes yesterday, relating to them 'Ten thousand Swedes running through the ... they started talking and joking I knew none of them were Swedes, of course, although Danes or Norwegians remain possibilities.

Relics of the Danelaw perhaps.

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I mistook a dozen visiting northern England people for Swedes ... were Swedes, of course, although Danes or Norwegians remain possibilities.

Relics of the Danelaw perhaps.

The BBC did a study and series in 1991 called "Blood of the Vikings," in which they used DNA testing to look for descendants of the Norse invaders. All sorts of description and results can be found here and on linked pages:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/programmes/bloodofthevikings/genetics resul ts 01.shtml

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I mistook a dozen visiting northern England people for Swedes ... they've become mixed with warmer blood for some 1000 years.

Last time we visited Newcastle Mrs Cat remarked "lot of Vikings about today"; that part of the country is, indeed, full of tall, sandy or redheaded people.

Last time we visited Newcastle it was full of a lot of Vikings on Harleys getting on the ship to go back to Bergen. Harley Owner's Group (HOG on their leather jackets, just in case you didn't get it) of Bergen's Dream Cruise 2004.
But the Texas Burger wasn't too spicy for me, despite the warning in the menu. Norwegian spicy, even when named "Texas", just doesn't measure up to the real thing.
Jon Miller
I mistook a dozen visiting northern England people for Swedes yesterday, relating to them 'Ten thousand Swedes running through the ... they started talking and joking I knew none of them were Swedes, of course, although Danes or Norwegians remain possibilities.

How on earth can anyone judge someone's nationality by looks? OK, you find a lot of blond men in Sweden, Finland, Russia, Holland, etc., but every single Norwegian I've met personally had either dark or red hair.
Rob Bannister