The five states that make up the Scandinavian group have evolved an ideal of a new north, united and neutral. The author discusses the common denominators of these countries which makes it possible for them to work together. She believes that even the invasion of Finland cannot crush this ideal. She takes each country separately, tracing their backgrounds, the early history and legend; she discusses each from political, economic and cultural point of view, introducing the personalities that have entered conspicuously into this history. The book is timely in view of the crisis, and the history of the struggle between Russia and Finland throws some light on the present. But the book is humdrum and mediocre, merely a competent job of reporting and not a real interpretation.