A total of 341 best restaurants have been listed in the 2018 edition of the Acqua Panna and S.Pellegrino sponsored White Guide which includes countries, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland.
Geranium in Copenhagen tops the list in this fourth edition. Chef Rasmus Kofoed's three Michelin star restaurant, also in The World's 50 Best Restaurants list, moved up from joint fourth place held last year to knock Stockholm's Esparanto, a Nordic/Japanese fusion restaurant, into second position. Meanwhile, Magnus Nilsson'sFäviken Magasinet, also in Sweden, took bronze, also slipping down one place on last year.
The restaurant scene in the Nordic countries continues to flourish. This edition of the guide contained 16 more restaurants than the last one, with 61 restaurants in Finland, 65 in Norway (including Svalbard), 104 in Sweden, 95 in Denmark (including 2 in Greenland and 5 in the Faroe Islands) and 16 in Iceland.
It comes with little surprise that Denmark continues its culinary dominance securing almost half of the entries in the top 30 in the list, while Sweden came in second with 10 restaurants, and Norway in third position with four restaurants featuring.
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