Natural hazards in Nordic countries

Farrokh Nadim*, Stig Asbjørn Schack Pedersen, Philipp Schmidt-Thomé, Freysteinn Sigmundsson, Mats Engdahl

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Compared to many areas of the world, the human losses caused by natural hazards are smaller in Nordic countries. This is mainly due to the low population density in the exposed areas. However, the economic losses are significant and the geohazards picture varies among the countries. The predominant natural hazards in Nordic countries are floods, landslides, and, with the exception of Denmark, snow avalanche. Volcanoes and earthquakes are major geohazards in Iceland, and parts of Norway are susceptible to seismic activity. Slide-triggered tsunamis also represent a threat to parts of the coastal areas of Nordic countries and Greenland.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-184
Number of pages9
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008


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