Categories English Europe Geography Blondes are Mutants from Sweden and Finland Post author By Maurizio Morabito (omnologos) Post date 2007/12/05 4 Comments on Blondes are Mutants from Sweden and Finland “The Blonde Map of Europe” courtesy of the strange maps blog: One wonders what happened in Apulia… Tags Blondes, strange maps ← Calabria Solare Termodinamica → UK: 42-day Terror Limit Explained 4 replies on “Blondes are Mutants from Sweden and Finland” The name of Normandy is derived from the settlement and conquest of the territory by Vikings (“Northmen”) from the 9th century for Sicily see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_conquest_of_southern_Italy Well that was just a common apulian explanation, while I was living there. They blamed the normans, but there might be other reasons. On the other hand i did not think there were so many blonds. I used to joke I was one of the 20 blonds in the whole Bari. Thank you Raindreamer. You’re not the first one suggesting this, but look at Sicily (and Normandy!)… My personal take is that Slavonians from the area presently at the border between Croatia and Serbia moved to Apulia in large amounts in the X century AD and later. There are several places called “Slavoni” or “Schiavoni” in Apulia, and the blondness is similar in the mapìs colours Normans happend in Puglia. There were Norman rule in the middle-age and one can see that from population. If you look in the history, you might notice that even if coming from northern France they were originally decendants of Vikings (that is Scandinavians). Leave a Reply to Raindreamer Cancel reply This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.