Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Northern European Beauties

John Marine | 9/10/2013 04:59:00 PM | | | | | | | |
(UPDATED: September 18, 2013)

The Baltic States and Nordic countries make up the Northern Europe Beauties. I had already previously mentioned Denmark (which is a Nordic country) in my Central European Beauties post, so that won't be among the countries featured here. What you WILL find are several lovely folks from Northern Europe. If you have enjoyed my European Beauties series, I'm sure you'll enjoy this post too. So let's talk Northern Europe!


SEP 18 2013 - a few edits made

--- European Beauties: The Series ---

When a new post on each region is complete, expect to see updates linking you to posts in this series. Here is a look at this series of posts. The items in parentheses () indicate all the nations in each given region for which I hope to showcase proper in each post:

Western European Beauties
^ beauties from Western Europe (excluding UK and Ireland- I've already made a post on these beauties. To see my post on UK and Ireland beauties, please visit: United Kingdom and Ireland Beauties). Featured persons from this region are from Spain, Portugal, France, Monaco, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands.

Central European Beauties
^ beauties from Germany, Austria, Denmark, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Poland.

Southern European Beauties
^ beauties from Italy, Vatican City, San Marino, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Greece, Malta, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Cyprus, Bulgaria

Eastern European Beauties
^ beauties from Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, and Russian Federation (west of Ural Mountains)

Northern European Beauties --- YOU ARE HERE ---
^ beauties from Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Faroe Islands, Aland Islands, Iceland, and Greenland

Transcontinental European Beauties
^ beauties from the Republic of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan

You will see a number of different personalities representing this specified region. In parentheses () is the nation represented in this post. Someone must either be from that nation or is of some sort of decent from that nation. So for example, an American-born person of Swiss decent or part-Swiss decent would qualify as a Swiss person in this post.

This Region - Northern Europe.

Northern Europe is represented in this part of the European Beauties series. Even though Denmark is considered part of Northern Europe, I've already featured Danish beauties in my "Central European Beauties" blog post. The following locations are featured:

• Lithuania
• Latvia
• Estonia
• Finland
• Sweden
• Norway
• Faroe Islands
• Aland Islands
• Iceland
• Greenland

For this section, I will be discussing Northern Europe, which starts with the Baltic States. I will then be ABSOLUTELY sure to make mention to Scandinavia. I will challenge myself to find some lovelies to represent Iceland, and even more challenged to find someone from Greenland. Why Greenland? Well, even though Greenland is a Danish territory, and even though I listed Denmark among my Central European Beauties, I am going to put Greenland among Northern European beauties for this post. No image hotlinking to any bloggers will be featured. This is to avoid certain copyright issues. So if you see a blog I make mention to, click on the heading to that entry to visit that person's blog in the case of blogging beauties.

--- Before I Begin... Lighthearted Musings ---

Let me kind of warm up the mood before sharing some beauties. Maybe you can respond to some of these...

• of the Baltic States, I tend to get the most hits from Lithuania regularly. I tend to get an equal amount of blog hits often times from Latvia and Estonia. Latvia itself a lovely nation. Its capital city is Riga.

• I love my readers from Scandinavia (as much as I do all over the world). I commonly get blog views from Finland and Sweden. I best know of Finland for all of its racing talent as well as the Rally Finland- one of my personal favorite rally races. One of my past blog posts was about Arctic Circle Raceway, which is located somewhere in Mo I Rana. I even get some Norway hits as well. At one point, my northernmost blog hit came from Tromsø. It has since no longer been my northernmost blog hit. In fact, the northernmost blog hit I've ever observed came from some city or town very close to Barrow, Alaska, USA.

• The Faroe Islands are east of Norway, north-northwest of Scotland, and east-southeast of Iceland. The Aland Islands are a small set of islands midway between southwestern Finland and Sweden.

• I do get hits from Iceland from time to time. Only city I know of in Iceland is its capital- Reykjavik.

• When it comes to Greenland, there were some very rare times I got blog hits from Greenland. Have I ever come across anyone from Denmark? Well, on Myspace, there was a girl whom I got to know on Myspace from Nuuk, which is in southwestern Greenland.

• Did you know that the PHP programming language was created by a Greenlander? A fellow named Rasmus Lerdorf helped create PHP.

That's all from me. Time to begin the blog post.

--- Northern European Beauties ---

THIS REGION: Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Faroe Islands, Aland Islands, Iceland, and Greenland

It is time to begin this look at northern European folks whom I think are beautiful. Let's do this!

Aksana (Lithuania).

WWE Diva Aksana is from Alytus, Lithuania. Anyone who follows the WWE may have known of her bonding with Theodore Long, and she was the former girlfriend of Swiss wrestler (and former rugby footballer) Antonio Cesaro. She was once just someone who didn't wrestle too much. But one night on WWE Friday Night SmackDown, Aksana made her wrestling debut and stunned a powerful opponent. See the beautiful Aksana go to work in this video: Aksana's WWE Debut (Smackdown 2012-01-27).

Evelina Sašenko (Lithuania).

Ewelina Saszenko
^ from: www.escradio.com - Singer Evelina Sašenko is from Lithuania.

Born in Rudiškes, Lithuania, (born: July 26, 1987)-year old Evelina Sašenko is a singer. Her specialty is in jazz. She is both Polish-Lithuanian. Evelina represented Lithuania in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. If you think she looks beautiful, you should hear her sing. Listen to this lovely Lithuanian lady:

^ "Evelina Sašenko - C'est ma vie (Lithuania)"

Jelena Prokopcuka (Latvia).

Latvian Jelena Prokopcuka is a long-distance runner from Riga, Latvia. The (born: September 21, 1976)-year old has competed in and won a number of competitions in her career. Among many of her marathon wins was the New York Marathon. This video showcases Jelena winning the New York Marathon in 2006: Jelena Prokopcuk NY Marathon winner.

Elina Garanca (Latvia).

Elina Garanca
^ from: www.telegraph.co.uk - Lovely Latvian sopranoist Elina Garanca.

On September 16, 1976, a baby girl named Elina Garanca was born in Riga, Latvia. This girl would grow up to become a sopranoist. If you enjoy soprano music, here is a performance for you. I've heard and loved Charlotte Church's version of "Habanera," but here is a more proper soprano performance of "Habanera" from the lovely Latvian: Elina Garanca "Habanera" Carmen.

Inguna Butane (Latvia).

Link directs to Facebook fan page.

Inguna Butane
^ from: www.listal.com - The lovely Latvian Inguna Butane.

Inguna Butane was born in Riga, Latvia. She is a fashion model. Born on February 24 in 1986, she has been involved with advertisements for many world-renowned fashion designers and fashion retailers. Inguna also has been a Victoria's Secret Angel.

Aija Novojenko (Latvia).

Aija Novojenko
^ from: www.natalieberezina.com - Latvia's Aija Novojenko and her delightful body.

Here is all I can pull up on this lady... Aija Novojenko is a 5'9" Latvian fashion model. That's it. Maybe I'll have better luck explaining other models. Maybe. Wish me luck. Read on to see if I can do better.

Ginta Lapina (Latvia).

Meet model Ginta Lapina. She was born in Riga, Latvia on June 30, 1989. Her portfolio includes designing and modeling for many world-renowned designers, and she's even been in a handful of advertisements for various big time designers and brands. Among MANY others... she has modeled for the likes of Dolce and Gabbana, Michael Kors, DSquared2, Prada, and Proenza Schouler. Get to know Ginta Lapina: Model Talks : Ginta Lapina - Interview & Highlights at Fashion Week 2012 Spring | FashionTV.

Birgit (Estonia).

Birgit Õigemeel (or just Birgit) is an Estonian pop singer. This Estonian was born in Kohila, Estonia. Birgit won the first-ever season of Estonian Idol Eesti otsib superstaari.
Want to see a music video of Birgit? Here is a beautiful performance from this beautiful (born: September 24, 1988)-year old Estonian as part of a duet. And to be honest, I think Birgit's singing was better than the guy she dueted with: Birgit Õigemeel ja Riho Sibul - Ma Sind Ei Tea.

Carmen Kass (Estonia).

Carmen Kass has walked many a runway in her long career. The native of Tallinn, Estonia was born on September 14, 1978 and grew up in Mäo, Estonia. She has been a model appearing in various major fashion shows and part of advertisements for major designers and retailers. Besides modeling, she took on political aspirations to be part of Parliment in her native Estonia. So she is someone who is as much at home representing her nation. She is also a big fan of playing chess. Get to know Carmen Kass a bit better with this video:

^ "Carmen Kass - Videofashion"

Eda-Ines Etti (Estonia).

Born in Haapsalu, Estonia, Eda-Ines Etti is a musician who goes by the stage name of Ines. She is best known for her performance and participation in the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest. Her song "Once in a Lifetime" was chosen as the song to represent Estonia in the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest. This video below is a music sample of the (born: May 26, 1981)-year old Estonian. This is a song called "Keerlen":

^ "Ines - Keerlen[Official Music Video]"

Kerli Kõiv (Estonia).

This is Kerli Koiv- a petite (she's 5'1") recording artist from Estonia. She was born in Elva, Estonia and is often simply referred to as Kerli. Some of her more popular songs include "Army of Love" and "Walking on Air." She is comparable in personality and character as Lady Gaga. Both Kerli and Lady Gaga are the same height. Biggest difference is that Kerli is a bit more of a Goth-style person with piercings on her face than the more artistic Lady Gaga. Here is a sample music video of this Estonian. Enjoy: Kerli - Walking On Air.

Tuuli, of "fallie's scrapbook" (Estonia).

I know of only one Estonian blogger, and she is Tuuli of "fallie's scrapbook." She shares a lot of her insight and her artwork in her blog. Tuuli was even featured in the pages of Teen Vogue Magazine once. She's rarely updated her blog, but I definitely want to honor Tuuli by featuring her among my Northern European beauties.

The Nordic countries are coming up as well as various other parts relevant to this Northern Europe discussion! But first, this Jump Break. You must click on "Read More" if you are not reading the full blog post and if you've enjoyed what you've read so far. Pay no mind to this paragraph and this section, however, if you are reading the full blog post. It's up to you.

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Krista Siegfrids (Finland).

Born on December 4 in 1985, Krista Siegfrieds is a Finnish singer. She competed in the Eurovision Song Contest times before. She was born in Kaskinen, Finland. This song is a sample of Krista Siegfrids' singing: Krista Siegfrids - Marry Me Eurovision 2013 Finland.

Lotta Hintsa (Finland).

Miss Finland (Miss Suomi) 2013 is Lotta Hintsa. Lotta has a lotta' beauty in her (or why would she be here if she isn't lovely?). She used to be a store manager for a shoe dealer in Finland. Lotta was born in Nurmo, Seinäjoki, Finland in 1988. Even though this video is in Finnish, it still showcases this fabulous Finn and her glorious beauty. Unless you know/speak Finnish, just look at this beauty:

^ "Miss Suomi 2013: Finalisti 3 - Lotta Hintsa"

Jazmine of "Just Jazmine..." (Finland).

Jazmine is probably the only Finnish blogger I know of right away. She's a pretty Finnish beauty who posts a lot of outfit posts and some random pictures. Her blog nowadays chronicles her college life with some wild moments. I still vastly respect this blogger. Go ahead and pay a visit to "Just Jazmine..."

Oksana Andersson (Sweden).

Oksana Andersson
^ from: www.athleteswives.com - The sexy, sweet Swede Oksana Andersson.

It's time to bring up the first Swedish beauty to this discussion- Oksana Andersson. Though she's Swedish, this model and reality TV star was born in Russia. She came into the world on July 2, 1984.

Therese Grankvist (Sweden).

May 2, 1977 was when Sweden's Therese Grankvist was born. She is a pop singer who goes by the simple stage name of Therese and is ex-member of Drömhus. If you want to see and hear Therese in action, this music video will give you insight. Here you go... enjoy:

^ "Therese - Monkey (Official Video)"

Josephine Bornebusch (Sweden).

Josephine Bornebusch
^ from: carlalfredsplace.blogg.se - Comedian Josephine Bornebusch.

Meet Swedish actress Josephine Bornebusch. Leyla Jerrie Josephine Bornebusch was born in Stockholm on September 12, 1981. She has performed in a number of TV shows since her very first role in 1983 in "Moderna människor." Most of her acting was for a handful of Swedish TV shows.

Victoria Silvstedt (Sweden).

Besides beautiful, Victoria Silvstedt is a model, a TV personality, an actress, and a singer. This Swedish siren was born in Skellefteå, Sweden. This is a music video from the (born: September 19, 1974)-year old:

^ "Victoria Silvstedt - Saturday Night"

Natacha Peyre (Sweden).

Link connects to Model Mayhem page.

Natacha Peyre
^ from: intheneutralzone.com - This Swedish beauty also has some Spanish blood in her.

The delicious Natacha Peyre is a spicy Swedish beauty. Despite her Swedish heritage, she was born in Ibiza, Spain. Anyone who knows Ibiza knows of it as a travel destination... and a place to enjoy electronic dance music parties of many kinds. Natacha Peyre is a model, a singer, and an actress. In this video below, the (born: March 26, 1985)-year old models for the Sexy by Sweden brand:

^ "Sexy By Sweden - Natacha Peyre"

September (Sweden).

This blog post was posted in September, so here is Sweden's September. September- real name of Petra Marklund - had some of her fame in the previous decade with songs like "Cry for You" and "Satellites." September was born on September 12 in 1984. Nice to know you take a stage name of the month you were born. Wouldn't make too much sense to be named September and be born in October now, wouldn't it? Anyhow, the native of Stockholm, Sweden is very cool with her music. Here's some September for you:

^ "September - Cry for you "

Here is an old post I did about September. Take a look if you wish: "September" (John's Blog Space).

Robyn (Sweden).

Not exactly a "beauty," Robyn is still one awesome girl. (Born: June 12, 1979)-year old Robyn Miriam Carlsson of Stockholm, Sweden first made fame in the mid-late 1990s as a pop singer. Her first hit song here in the United States was with "Do You Know (What it Takes?)" One of my other favorite songs of hers from her "Robyn is Here" album was "Do You Really Want Me?" In later years, she'd come up with another great album called "Konichiwa Bitches." (Pardon the language) Robyn is no doubt a great singer. Old school Robyn right here:

^ "Robyn - Do You Know (What It Takes)"

Here is my old blog post on her if you're interested: "Robyn" (John's Blog Space).

Margaret Berger (Norway).

Electro pop singer Margaret Berger was born in Trondheim, Norway on October 11, 1985. She was the Norway representative in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. Let the Norwegian sing for you with this song. "I Feed You My Love" is the name of this song, and you can see/hear it here: Margaret Berger - I Feed You My Love (Norway) 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.

Iselin Steiro (Norway).

Model Iselin Vollen Steiro has modeled for and been part of various campaigns for various designers. Her modeling career dates back to her 1999 discovery. Among the many modeling works from this Norwegian model are Versace and Chloe. She was born in Harstad, Norway on September 15, 1985. Get to know Iselin Steiro:

^ "Iselin Steiro - Model Profile - Videofashion"

Emilie Voe (Norway).

I've never visited her blog, until I visited Emilie Voe's blog in researching and brainstorming this blog post. Emilie Voe Nereng is a fashion blogger from Norway. The (born: November 3, 1995)-year old runs the blog "Voe." Unfortunately, all or most of this blog is in Norwegian. Emilie is still a beautiful young lady. So go visit "Voe" to check out her style.

Linda Andrews (Faroe Islands).

Linda Andrews
^ from: last.fm (links to profile) - Born and raised in the capital of the Faroe Islands, meet Faroese singer Linda Andrews.

This is Linda Andrews up next. This singing star hails from the Faroe Islands. The Faroese singer was born on October 19, 1973 in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands (its capital). Her biggest claim to fame was in winning the 2009 season of X Factor Denmark. Here is a very fun performance from Linda Andrews. She sang "You Can't Hurry Love" in X Factor 2009 here with a very cute voice (in my view): Linda Andrews from X factor 2009 -You Can't Hurry Love (Supremes).

Eivør Pálsdóttir (Faroe Islands).

(Born: July 21, 1983)-year old Eivør Pálsdóttir is a Faroese singer. She was born in Syðrugøta, Faroe Islands. This lady is often just named as Eivør. Her music is mostly entrenched in folk rock and in Faroese ballads. I want to show you this video for two reasons. First off, so you can see and hear Eivor's singing; and I also want to show you this video to showcase the beauty of the Faroe Islands. Have a look:

^ "Eivør in her Faroe Islands"

Björk (Iceland).

Maybe Iceland's most popular figure is legendary singer Björk Guðmundsdóttir- or just Björk. She was born and raised in Reykjavik, Iceland; and she came into the world on November 21, 1965. Björk is best regarded for her unusual and unorthodox character as well as her amazing music. In fact, one can say Björk was the Lady Gaga of her time as far as being artistic and expressive. Here is a music video of Björk. The only way I remember this video was because I saw it in an episode of MTV's "Beavis and Butthead." Yes- I admit I saw THAT show, and I loved that danged show. Got a problem with that? Anyhow, here is the pride of Iceland- vintage Björk for you: Björk - Human Behavior (Official Music Video).

Svala Lind (Iceland).

Svala Lind
^ from: myspace.com - Svala Lind is an Icelandic fashion model.
Fashion model Svala Lind continues my look at Icelandic beauties. This model stands all of 5'8" with her blonde hair and blue eyes. I unfortunately can't pull up too much more on Svala Lind.

Ásdís Lísa Karlsdóttir (Iceland).

Asdis Lisa Karlsdottir
^ from: www.mutyascandinavia.com - Filipino and Icelandic, meet the beautiful "Nordic Pinay" Ásdís Lísa Karlsdóttir.

The "Nordic Pinay" Asdis Lisa Karlsdottir is an Icelandic model who has both Icelandic and Filipino blood. Her father is Icelandic while her mother is Filipino. Her Filipino heritage has helped her qualify for a pageant in the Philippines called Mutya ng Pilpinas 2013 that she'd win. Get to know this Nordic Pinay:

^ "Asdis Lisa Karlsdottir for Mutya ng Pilipinas 2013"

Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir (Iceland).

(Born: May 6, 1989)-year old Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir is the lead vocalist and lead guitarist of the Icelandic folk rock music group Of Monsters and Men. She was raised in the Icelandic town of Garður. Want to know a little more about Nanna? Watch this video interview: Kids Interview Bands - Of Monsters and Men.

Thorunn, of "D O U B L E - P I Z Z A Z Z" (Iceland)

On LOOKBOOK, I came across a young fashionista who is from Iceland. Her name is Thorunn Ivarsdottir. Her fashion blog features the sweet-smiling beauty and her delightful sense of style. It is about her own personal style.

Aleqa Hammond (Greenland).

The current Prime Minister of Greenland is native Greenlander Aleqa Hammond. Born September 23, 1965 in Narsaq, Greenland; Aleqa is the first-ever female Prime Minister of Greenland, representing the Siumut party in Greenlandic government. I don't discuss or follow politics at all, so any mention of her in regards to government will be off-limits. I am only showing this video only so you can see how Aleqa Hammond. So unless you know Danish, just take a look at Aleqa Hammond here:

^ "Vil fordrive kolonismens genfærd"

Agnethe Davidsen (Greenland - Deceased).

Agnethe Davidsen
^ from: www.torshavn.fo - Agnethe Davidsen died in 2007, but this native Greenlander served as mayor of Nuuk, Greenland as well as minister of Greenland.

Agnethe Davidsen was the first-ever female minister in of government in Greenland as well as serving as major of her native Nuuk, Greenland. She was a native Greenlander, born August 29, 1947 in Nuuk, Greenland. Agnethe Davidsen died at age 60 on November 25, 2007. This is about one of few Greenlanders I could find and whom I consider to be lovely. Remember- these Beauties-themed posts are not just about featuring anyone, it's about featuring anyone whom I think are lovely in some sort of way.

I may add more personalities in future edits, so stay tuned! This initial list I've created is simply a look at some of many different lovelies representing this region.

The final post in the "European Beauties" series consist of those from transcontinental Europe. Those include the Republic of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. Stay tuned to "John's Blog Space" for the finale of my "European Beauties" series! For now, though... thank you for reading!

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