Scandinavian Peninsula

Scandinavian Peninsula
large peninsula in N Europe, consisting of Norway & Sweden

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Large promontory, northern Europe.

Occupied by Norway and Sweden, it is about 1,150 mi (1,850 km) long, with an area of 290,000 sq mi (750,000 sq km), and it extends south from the Barents Sea. It is largely mountainous; its eastern side slopes gently to the Baltic Sea, while the western side has mountains reaching the coast and is deeply dissected by fjords.

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      large promontory of northern Europe, occupied by Norway and Sweden. It is about 1,150 mi (1,850 km) long and extends southward from the Barents Sea of the Arctic Ocean between the Gulf of Bothnia and the Baltic Sea (east), Kattegat and Skagerrak (south), and the Norwegian and North seas (west). The peninsula (area 289,500 sq mi [750,000 sq km]) essentially consists of a mountainous mass, much of which is part of the ancient Baltic Shield, parts of which were affected by glaciation during the Pleistocene Epoch. Norway and Sweden share the western and eastern sides, respectively, of this mountain mass. Sweden, however, has extensive slopes of gentle gradient down to the Baltic Sea, while Norway's mountains reach to the actual coastline and are deeply dissected by fjords.

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