Yes, all the memes on the Internet are true – the Scandinavians really didn't find social distancing a burden, they kept it even before the pandemic. In general, the arithmetic average of the Scandinavian mentality looks like this: people are calm and polite, they value privacy and try not to get involved in conflicts. There is even a special Swedish word: "lagom". It describes the unique lifestyle Scandinavians have. What kind of problems can a society consisting of such people have? In general, not too many. Denmark is in the second place in the ranking of the happiest countries in the world, Sweden and Norway are in the top 10. Most Danes are proud of their status, but at the same time, they say that there is nothing going on and nothing to talk about in their country. It is also the truth for other Scandinavian countries.
In such favorable conditions, it is not surprising that the inner world of a person and interpersonal relationships (especially family relations) come to the fore for the filmmakers How such distant and restrained people are the happiest, how children socialize among such a mentality, what kind of relationships with parents they have, how can conflicts arise among "happy" people, and are they really happy? Scandinavian directors talk about this slowly, savoring every emotion, revealing them in all their glory, and it turns out to be a very self-sufficient and authentic sight. Even the most inexperienced viewers can understand that they are watching a film from the countries of Northern Europe.
What are the first things that come to your mind when you think of Scandinavia? It is cold, the nature is beautiful, people are introverted and life is fairly prosperous. All four of those stereotypes are not only quite true but they are also actively used by filmmakers.
Scandinavian directors thought about how marvelous the forests of Sweden and the mountains of Norway are, and how important it is to preserve their beauty for centuries, not only in life, but also in art. They were among the first in the world who used the unique environment they live in in their movies. Since the 1960's, nature has become a full-fledged character in the cinematography of the Nordic countries. Then this trend has spread throughout the world. Impregnable, cold landscapes seem to reflect the same impregnable, cold people.