The name 'Smilin' Scandinavians' was inspired by both The Happy Norwegian Myron Floren (of Lawrence Welk Show fame) and pioneer polka performers The Six Fat Dutchmen. Many people find the notion of smiling Scandinavians odd since Scandinavians have a well-deserved reputation of dour stoicism. The band does all it can to show just how much fun Scandinavians are capable of.Since when were the Six Fat Dutchmen Scandinavian?
This is a good example of what I call the Where-are-you-from-syndrome. It's an ailment that is common in countries with large (historic) immigrant populations. A sure sign of this illness is if you're a Swede in the US and you meet Americans who proclaim, "Wow, you're Swedish, so am I!" Be sure, in Seattle you'll find Americans who are more Swedish than the Swedes themselves. And lutefisk to boot.