The name behind the bag

All Nordisk bags are named after scandinavian cities.


Aalborg is a Danish industrial and university city. It is the fourth largest city in Denmark, and dates back to around AD 700, where the location by the Limfjord made it an important harbour during the Middle Ages. It was originally named Alabu or Alebu, which means The (dwelling) place by the stream. Today Aalborg is widely known for the University of Aalborg, KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art designed by Alvar Aalto, and the Utzon Center, dedicated to architect Jørn Utzon, who was born in Aalborg. Moreover Aalborg is a pioneer in sustainable urban development.


Aarhus is the second-largest city in Denmark, and unofficiallly known as the "Capital of Jutland" or "The City of Smiles". The original name Aros means ”mouth of the river”, and Aarhus is presumably older than 770 AD, making it the oldest big city in Scandinavia. Today Aarhus is a centre for education with the largest university in Denmark, but it also has the largest container terminal in Denmark, Aarhus Cathedral with the longest nave in Denmark and ”The Old Town” with its collection of historic Danish buildings. Aarhus has been appointed European Capital of Culture in 2017.


Billund is a small town in Jutland, Denmark, most notable as the home of the LEGO Group head office. Billund is also known for its theme park, Legoland, founded in 1968, and for Billund Airport, opened in 1964, which is the second biggest airport in Denmark. The town's name was first mentioned as "Byllundt" in the year 1454 and as "Billund" in 1510. Today it is a popular destination for tourists, especially families with children. In addition to Copenhagen, Billund is one of the few cities that have recently received more tourists in the last few years.


Kalix is a locality in Norrbotten County, Sweden. The name is possibly of Sapmí origin, and is derived from the word "Kalasätno", meaning "The cold river". Kalix River is famous for its beautiful islands, of which there are 792 in the archipelago outside the Kalix coast line. Kalix goes some 4500 years back, when the climate after the last ice age got warmer, and made it possible to inhabit the area around Kalix. Already around year 1000 the goods from the forest and river caused people from the south to sail all the way up to Kalix.


Klepp is a municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. It is a flat and open agricultural landscape with long stretches of sand beaches along the North Sea coastline and with the highest point, Tinghaug, being only 102 metres above sea level. The earliest traces of population in the municipality have been dated to around 6000 BC, and the large stone cross standing on the grave hill Krosshaug dates from around 1000 AD and is possibly the oldest in Norway. The name is identical with the word kleppr which means "rocky hill".


Kvam is a municipality in the county of Hordaland, Norway, and the name originates from the Old Norse form of the name ”Hvammr”, which means "(small) valley". Kvam was created in 1837 as Vikør formannskapsdistrikt, named after the parish today known as Vikøy, but changed its name from Vikør to Kvam in 1912. In 1981 the coat-of-arms was developed showing the shape of the nearby bay Fykesund, which is located in the municipality.


Lund is a city in the province of Scania, southern Sweden. It was founded around 990, when Scania belonged to Denmark, and is the oldest city in present-day Sweden with a well preserved urban heart and a view to Copenhagen from the top of the Sankt Hans Hill. Lund is an educational city with Lund University, established 1666, which is one of Scandinavia's largest institutions for education and research, and Lund Cathedral School, founded in 1085, which is the oldest school in Scandinavia and one of the oldest in Northern Europe.


Malmö is Sweden's third largest city, and one of the largest cities in Scandinavia. It was probably founded in 1275, and originally named Malmhaug, meaning "Gravel pile" or "Ore Hill". For centuries it was Denmark's second biggest city, but in the 17th century, Malmö came into Swedish possession. Today it is a great shopping city and is closely connected with the Öresund bridge, Malmö Airport and the tallest skyscraper in Scandinavia, the Turning Torso. In 2007 Malmö was ranked #4 in Grist Magazine's "15 Green Cities" list.


Nibe is one of Denmark's oldest market towns with old houses, winding streets and cobblestone squares. Nibe’s history stretches back more than 600 years, where the town was built on the ancient fjord floor, close to a range of hills. In 1672, Nibe was Jutland’s eighth largest, and Denmark’s 16th largest town. Today Nibe still has many beautiful old houses whose owners preserve them with care and attention.


Rana is the third largest county in North Norway, and is located just south of the Arctic circle, south of the Saltfjellet mountains with Norway's second largest glacier, Svartisen. Rana is named after the river Ranelva, which probably is derived from the word raðr which means "quick", "fast", or "rapid". The coat-of-arms symbolize the forests (upper part/green) and the minerals (lower part/gold), as many minerals can be found in the area, especially iron ore.


Ribe is Denmark's oldest and best preserved town with a unique atmosphere. Ribe's dramatic history is about Vikings, kings, queens, bishops, traitors, witches, floods and fires, and can be traced back to the Viking Age in the beginning of the 8th century. As one of the few towns in Denmark, Ribe still has a beautifully preserved medieval town centre with old half-timbered houses, cobblestone streets and a cathedral as the crucial centre point.


Roskilde is an ancient city, dating from the Viking Age and is a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network. In 1020, Roskilde became a bishopric, and the Roskilde Cathedral was the first to be built of brick in northern Europe. It was the burial site for Danish monarchs and has since 1995 been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With the establishment of the Viking Ship Museum in 1969, Roskilde has further been recognised as a cultural and educational centre in Denmark with the first Roskilde Festival in 1971 and the university which opened 1972.


Silkeborg is a city in central Denmark, and was founded together with the paper mill built by Michael Drewsen on the Gudenaa in 1844. Silkeborg is located in the Danish Lake District dominated by big lakes, forests and hills. During World War II the German Army had its Danish headquarter in Silkeborg, but today the city is mostly known for being the hometown of COBRA painter Asger Jorn, the Riverboat Jazz festival, the Tollund man, which is a naturally mummified corpse of a man from the 4th century BC, and of course... the headquarters of Nordisk.