Blood types here and there

A blood drive at work (I didn’t participate at this time) offered some trivia about the distribution of blood types, which got me thinking. I gave blood a couple of times back when I lived in California, so I knew my blood type (O) was very common and very much in demand. I was therefore surprised to learn of the high number of type A’s in Norway.

While hunting for the US statistics, I learned that the majority of the A’s in Norway live in the northern part of the country. So I looked up the statistics for the Sami people, who live primarily north of the arctic circle:

People/per cent Type O Type A Type B Type AB
USA (whites) 45 40 11 4
Norway (Norwegians) 39 49 8 4
Sami (Lapps) 29 63 4 4

The distribution for Danes, Swedes and Finns is pretty similar to the Norwegians. The Icelanders, however, show a very clear preference for type O. My own blood type seems to be influenced by my British Isle ancestry.

By Keera Ann Fox

I am a bi-lingual American who has lived most of my life in Norway.
Jeg er en tospråklig amerikaner som har bodd mesteparten av mitt liv i Norge.

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