Indigenous signs for countries in Scandinavia
- [A], PO > signer, FO diagonally down, touches palm of [B with thumb against index finger], and DH twists upwards, keeping in contact with the palm, while opening to a  or a  so that the fingers are exposed to the viewer.4 (< some include Finland and Iceland, some only include these in the term "Nordic countries".)
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Explanation of glossing system used
(to understand how I describe the signs in this dictionary)
- Denmark (Danmark)
, PO > signer, travels across chest while moving > DS. 2 For an animated gif of this sign, see ASL browser - Denmark.
- Finland (Suomi)
(1) [X dot] taps chin with FT.2 For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - Finland. (2) [B], PO > NDS is held high and swerves in a backward "S" as seen by the signer and continues towards the right while twisting at the wrist. 1 (< shape of coastline.) (3) [X dot] taps teeth with FT.3 (Probably an older version of the first sign listed here.)
- Iceland (Island)
[A dot], PO > signer, touches thumbtip to side of mouth and runs down chin, ending with PO down. For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see Laat het gebaren zien: Ijsland.
- Norway (Norge)
(1) , PO away from signer, moves in diagonal from NDS up to face, descends slightly, then continues diagonal upward.2 (2) [N], PO away, moves in diagonal from NDS up to face, descends slightly, then continues diagonal upward.2 (< side of mountain and shape of the letter "N".) For an animated gif of this sign, see ASL browser - Norway.
- Sweden (Sverige)
- (1) [5^] touchs NDH [B], PO down, then ascends while closing to [O^] 2x.2 For an animated gif of this sign, see ASL browser - Sweden. (2) [5^], PO down, touches forearm close to elbow, then ascends while closing to [O^] 2x.1 (< mountain.)
List of sources cited
1. Sandager, O. K. (1986). Sign languages around the world North Hollywood, California: OK Publ.
2. Signs around the world: Countries [Videotape]. Burtonsville, MD: Sign Media.
3. From a handout I was given that included indigenous signs I have seen in other reference works, so it seems properly researched.
4. Go to Tegnviser, and click on "Klikk her for � starte TegnViserFlash", or if that fails, "klikk her", and then scroll to "skandinavisk" and click again.