• Personalized License Plates Banned in Sweden

    Every year Swedish Transportstyrelsen (Swedish Transport Authority) rejects tens of requests from drivers for personalized license plates because they are deemed “too offensive”. And the authorities are doing their work seriously, so it i...
  • At the Edge in Oslo

    Top-notch transit and plenty of attractions concentrated around the downtown harbor, Aker Brygge and Tjuvholmen make it possible to get a good feel for Oslo. Aker Brygge is known for its strip of restaurants along the boardwalk, with plenty of opportunities for al fresco wining and dining. It was built on the area of Aker Shipyard, which was closed down in 1982, freeing up a potentially attractive a...
  • Winter Sports in Scandinavia

    Long winters, frozen rivers and lakes, and beckoning snow-topped mountains make Sweden, Norway and Denmark a fabulous destination for winter sports enthusiasts. It’s possible to participate in all kinds of activities, including snowshoeing,...
  • Norway at War with Facebook

    Norwegian people is furious at Facebook after a post from Aftenposten was removed because of a world-renowned image ‘The Napalm Girl’ from the Vietnam war accompanying an article. Adding fuel to the fire, Facebook then proceeded to delete a ...
  • Monster Night in Tivoli, Copenhagen

    Halloween in Tivoli boasts no less than 20,000 pumpkins in decorative arrangements.  Saturday 22 October will reveal the biggest of them all when the Danish Championship in Giant Pumpkins is held. Vice president, Brand & Communications D...
  • The Norwegian Knitting Celebrities

    The two Norwegian knitting designers Arne & Carlos derived their inspiration from numerous traditional patterns from all over their native country. However, they do not only design traditional knitting patterns, but also patterns for accesso...
  • Sweden’s Most Beautiful Places Revealed

    Halland ranks as Sweden's most beautiful county, while the medieval city wall in Visby counts as the country's loveliest building, a new survey suggests. When asked if they thought their home county was beautiful, 62 percent of Halland reside...
  • Dances with Wolves in Norway

    Dances with Wolves was the name of a fantastic film which showed a man’s interaction with wolves. Reality is even more fantastic. And you too can get a taste of it at Langedrag Nature Park and Mountain Farm, a 2 ½ hour drive from Norway’s c...
  • Japonism in Scandinavia

    Japanese art and design had a profound influence in the Nordic countries during the final decades of the 19th century and well into the 20th. Several museums and galleries in Oslo, Norway, exhibit Japan-inspired art this summer.   It was the...
  • The Most Beautiful Road in Norway Reopened

    The King’s Road in Norway was historically one of the main routes between Eastern and Western Norway, and has been in use since 1793. Since 2009 a collaborative upgrading project, involving public and private sectors, has aimed to teach people...
  • 9/11 Fifteen Years After

    The Norwegian architectural company, Snøhetta, was selected to design a memorial building at the World Trade Center site after September 11, 2001. On Sunday, 15 years after the tragic events, we may hopefully experience that the architects have...
  • Cast Your Line in Scandinavia

    One of the most remarkable places to fish in Scandinavia is right in the center of Stockholm, in the fast moving Strömmen channel which links the fresh water if Lake Mälaren with the Baltic Sea. A clean-up program has brought salmon and sea...
  • Danish Fashion’s Rebel Kid

    Danish fashion designer Henrik Vibskov is not only associated with a fashion label, but a multitude of twisted yet tantalizing universes created in relation to each of his collections. In spite of, perhaps because of, collection names like, ...
  • The Kavli Prize to Nine Pioneering Scientists

    Today, 6 September, The Kavli Prize is awarded during a ceremony in Oslo, honoring nine scientists from Germany, Switzerland, the UK and USA. On June 2nd, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced the 2016 Kavli Prize Laureates i...
  • Swedish Company Purifies Water in Africa

    Solvatten was established in 2006 in Stockholm, Sweden. The primary focus of the organization has since then been to produce and sell Solvatten to governmental and non-governmental partners around the world. The company also facilitates C...
  • On Being an Ambassador to Norway

    Our aim is to interview ambassadors to Denmark, Norway and Sweden, coming from the top ten countries on our readership list. First out is the Canadian ambassador to Norway, Ambassador Artur Wilczynski. We interviewed Ambassador Artur Wilczyns...
  • Denmark Aims to Combat Cancer

    The Danish government has according to a government press release a national strategy to be “the first smoke-free generation by 2020”. The press release states that this will be done in part by putting new restrictions on smoking at educa...
  • Coastal Norway – Wild and Beautiful

    Foreign tourists have discovered Norway’s shoreline with its pretty ports and dramatic fjords. The exotic north has long been established as a popular travel destination for people from all over the world. It was a massive ice sheet, which ...
  • The Renaissance Castle in Gothenburg

    Gunnebo House and Gardens in Gothenburg, Sweden, is one of the finest 1700s establishments in northern Europe. It was built as a summer villa for the wealthy merchant John Hall and his family. Today, Gunnebo is a living cultural environment w...
  • Norwegian Landmarks in the Next Star Wars Production?

    Norwegian landmarks like Pulpit Rock (Prekestolen), Troll’s Tongue (Trolltunga), Folgefonna and Lofoten are being scouted for an upcoming Hollywood production of Star Wars. According to the Norwegian venerable newspaper Aftenposten, produce...
  • Scandinavian Deer

    Endless forests and clear lakes, desolated and varied landscapes make up the nature of the three Scandinavian kingdoms of Sweden, Norway and Denmark. With such an enormous land area and a relatively small number of inhabitants, large parts of Scandinavia are unoccupied by people. They are also home to numerous of game and offer unique and exciting hunts. Every country has its unique and special charm a...
  • A Mountain Bike Paradise

    Skibotn in Northern Norway is probably the best place around the Lyngenfjord to go mountain biking. Here you will find a wide range of trails to choose from and in August the Downhillfestival “Stifestivalen” and the offroad race “Lavkaritt...
  • Scandinavia’s Largest Drug Injection Room

    H17, Scandinavia’s largest drug injection room in Vesterbro, Copenhagen, opened officially on 1st August. H17 offers 1,000 square meters of supervised facilities and is a new drug consumption room (fixerom) designed and decorated to special...
  • The Next Smallest County in Norway

    Østfold is the second smallest county in Norway, about the same size as Tana in Finnmark. In the Middle Ages the name of the county was Borgarsysla, first recorded in 1543. The name Østfold is based on Norse dialect, as "Fold" at that time ...
  • Danish Whisky Distillery Expanding

    Spirits accelerator Distill Ventures decided last December to make a DKK 100m+ investment to finance significant growth for the Danish whisky distillery Stauning in Ringkøbing Skjern Municipality. "It's a dream come true." So says Alex Høj...
  • Telemark Skiing

    In the mid-1800s, Sondre Norheim, a young farmer from Morgedal, in the county of Telemark, created a whole new style of skiing. Morgedal is in the mountains, so the skimakers there sought designs that would perform well in the surrounding rugged terrain, both in everyday winter skiing and for impromptu sporting meetings. Norheim modified his skis by adding firm bindings, which hold the ski boots to ...
  • On Two Wheels in Scandinavia

    The bicycle is an important mode of transport for Danes and visitors to Denmark alike. Bikes outnumber cars in some city areas, where the streets have bicycle lanes and traffic lights. Denmark has thousands of miles of cycle paths, and bikes ...
  • Sherpa stairs leading to record visitors at Hallingskarvet

    Two years ago, Sherpas from Nepal finished building the 2,000 stone steps at Hallingskarvet, Norway. Record number of visitors has walked the steps this year. According to a NRK report, in the course of five weeks, 18,000 people have walked u...
  • What Makes Scandinavia Different?

    What accounts for the Nordic countries’ strong welfare states? Hint: it’s not white homogeneity. There’s a reason the Scandinavian welfare states are still the envy of many across the world. Even decades into a neoliberal project to ...
  • Watch Michael Jackson in Oslo

    In May 2001 Hans Rasmus Astrup paid almost six million US dollar for a larger than life gilded statue in porcelain made by the American artist Jeff Koons. It is a rendering of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and his beloved pet chimpanzee. ...
  • Denmark on Ipanema Beach

    Visit Denmark and The Danish Ministry of Business and Growth are in charge of the Denmark House on Ipanema Beach in Rio - an initiative supported by and developed in cooperation with among others Industry Foundation, Nordea Foundation, Realdania...
  • Accessible Mountaineering in Norway

    To the north of Finse lie the Jotunheimen Mountains, literally the «Home of the Giants». Nonetheless, even the loftiest of the Jotunheimen peaks, Galdhøpiggen and Glittertind, which are the highest in Northern Europe, with summits rising more...
  • Bicycling in Copenhagen and Oslo

    Every day 1.2 million kilometers (0.75 million miles) are cycled in Copenhagen, with 36% of all citizens commuting to work. There are five times more bikes than cars in Copenhagen. In Oslo there are twice as many. 95 percent of bikers in Co...
  • Holiday Heartland

    Kristiansand is the beating heart of Norway’s favorite holiday destination; the place Norwegians go to relax and enjoy life or actively pursue their preferred leisure activities. For many people the town and its surrounding area are synonymous  with summer, sun, sea and unforgettable holiday memories. Kristiansand can offer a unique collection of activities and experiences. From boating and islan...
  • Take Me Back

    Danish pop promise Christopher and Norwegian super producer Matoma have teamed up on a brand new single called ‘Take Me Back’! This collaboration is quite the Nordic pairing, joining together the musical minds of two artists that are already well known for their individual careers. Christopher has firmly established his reputation as one of Denmark’s biggest pop icons, and has been releasing a s...
  • Kurt Schwitters and Norway

    The German painter Kurt Schwitters’s work was banned by the Nazi regime in 1937 as “degenerate art”. The same year, the artist flied to Lysaker, Norway, where he constructed a second Merzbau. He lived in exile in Norway, a country he ha...
  • B&B for Garden Lovers

    The Garden in Hune, also known as Anne Just's Garden, is a truly a piece of art. Here you will find thematic gardens with colorful flowers in a beautifully architect-designed park. “My whole life has been a love affair with flowers,” said Anne Just, the avid painter of plants and blossoms, who gave birth to her Garden at Hune. A childhood brim full of flowers, her favorite motives when, b...
  • Wildlife Conservation in Norway

    Wildlife conservation programs are vitally important in the effort to protect species and their habitats. Norwegian wildlife conservation’s surveys bring good news this year for the much prosecuted wolf population of the country and not so goo...
  • Sweden’s First Gastro-Hotel

    PM & Friends (PM & Vänner) ranks among Sweden’s top ten restaurants, according to the country’s leading authority on dining, the White Guide. Restaurant PM & Vänner’s culinary philosophy is based on three cornerstones: for...
  • Future Art in Stavanger

    Center for Future Art in Stavanger, Norway, has produced and hosts the Sixth Article Biennal 2016 in Stavanger. Article Biennial - represents the region's most innovative arts festival focusing on media art that expresses contemporary technolog...
  • Strange Facts about Scandinavia

    Looking for facts about Scandinavia? Here they are... Swedish people recycle so much that the Waste-to-Power plants actually import waste from Norway. Norway is one of the largest oil exporters in the world, yet has one of the highest ...
  • The County of Oppland, Norway

    Oppland extends from Sør-Trøndelag in the north, and has seven counties which neighbor it to the north, south, east and west.  The main road E6 connecting Oslo to Trondheim runs across the county.  Travelers on this road have historically va...
  • Fresh Fish in Scandinavia

    Northern waters are still teeming with fish, even if it’s not as it used to be. Overfishing of certain species is a threat to the sustainability of marine life, with the cold waters being more fragile than warm seas, and restrictions are being...
  • The Hamsun Center in Northern Norway

    Knut Hamsun is Norway’s most innovative and controversial writer through all times. With the publication of Hunger in 1890, and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920, Hamsun gained a position as Norway’s greatest author. His pro-German sym...
  • Nightlife in Copenhagen

    Wonder where to spend your night in Copenhagen? Here is an overview of our favorite places in the Danish capital. Rust Guldbergsgade 8 – Nørrebro Rust in Nørrebro experienced a tragic fire in 2008, but reopened soon after with its cla...
  • Norwegian Massacre

    Nothing could have prepared the Scandinavian countries for what happened in Norway five years ago on 22 July 2011, when Anders Behring Breivik exploded a car bomb near government building in Oslo, killing eight people, then travelled to the nearby island of Utøya and gunned down 68 young people attending a Labor Party youth rally. The 2011 Norway attacks conducted by a lone wolf terrorist on 22 J...
  • Europe’s Longest and Fastest Roller Coaster

    Djurs Sommerland in Denmark has invested DKK 90 million in a new roller coaster with a top speed of 85 km/h, a length of 825 meters and a height of 30 meters. The new attraction will open in May 2017. The new attraction will thus be Europe’...
  • Pictures of Longing

    The photographic culture of Norwegian US immigrants Lengselens bilder (Pictures of Longing) by Sigrid Lien is a photographic image of America – as seen through the eyes of Norwegian immigrants. Many have been interested in and much has been written about the Norwegian US emigration, but few have focused on the images as historical sources like Sigrid Lien. Between 1870 and 1930 around 700,000 Nor...
  • The Norwegian West Country

    The landscape of Norway’s western coast, with its snow-capped mountains, deep fjords and narrow inlets, is full of contrasts – both majestic and mild at the same time. Roughly paraphrased, that is how the Norwegian poet Tore Ørjasæter (...
  • National Parks in Scandinavia

    The Scandinavian region has many national parks, each with its own claim to unique native flora and fauna. Denmark’s parks are very new – the first opened in 2008 – and contain small but unique environments such as the tidal flats of th...
  • Norway’s Views

    [caption id="attachment_33350" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Troll's tongue[/caption] From precipices overlooking fjords to architectural lookouts, could Norway be the world capital of the spectacular view? If you want to hang out over a terrifying precipice, Norway is your country. Spots like Trolltunga (Troll’s Tongue) in Skjeggedal, are left as close as possible to how nature intended. So...
  • Norway Popular to Swedish Job Hunters

    Between 1990 and 2007 studies show that the number of Swedes commuting to work in Norway had doubled. In spite of the recent fall in oil prices and downsizing in the oil industry, the number of Swedes seeking jobs in Norway is still on the rise....
  • Open Air Viking Festival in Norway

    The open air Viking festival Midgardsblot, runs from 18 through 20 August in Midgard, a park in Borre in the county of Vestfold, where the mighty rulers of the Norwegian Vikings lived, feasted, and were laid to rest. Experience a three day bl...
  • Swedish Musician Turns 2,000 Marbles into Music

    Swedish musician Martin Molin, 33, spent a year on a machine that turns marbles into part of a musical instrument. He spent 14 months working on the instrument that plays both melody and rhythm. Martin Molin, 33, lead musician of Swedish ban...
  • Rolling Vikings

    2016 will be the eleventh summer in a row with rolling Vikings in the world’s most beautiful 7 day cycling stage race in Norway, The Viking Tour. There are no time limits and participants can choose to ride with non-timed enthusiasts in the touring class. The challenge is simply to reach the finish line every day and get all the shared thrill at evenings while recovering. Participants from las ...
  • The Food Halls in Stockholm

    A gorgeous food hall from the 1880s, the busy Old Haymarket and the youngest one, the South Halls, have made Stockholm the most ‘appetizing’ capital in Scandinavia. Østermalm Food Hall with counters and shelves packed with the best of t...
  • Four Seasons at Juvet Landscape Hotel

    Juvet Landscape Hotel at Alstad in Valldal, Norway is a synthesis of raw Norwegian nature, cultural history and modern architecture. The man behind the idea, Knut Slinning, grew up in Aalesund on the West Coast of Norway, about 100 kilometers...
  • Love – New Norwegian Novel

    The novel Love by Norwegian author Hanna Ørstavik was voted the 6th best Norwegian book of the last 25 years The publishing rights in English have now been sold to Archipelago Books. Love is the story about Vibeke and Jon, mother and son, ...
  • Leaders in Gender Enlightenment

    The Scandinavian countries, Denmark, Sweden and Norway, are according to the Global Gender Gap Report the best places to have a uterus. The report ranks countries based on where women have the most equal access to education and healthcare, and w...
  • Should Norwegian Air Fly in America?

    Here's what passengers say: Affordable. Comfortable. On time. Those are just some of the words Norwegian Air passengers are using to describe the discount airline, which is patiently waiting for a foreign air carrier permit from the U.S. gove...
  • Scandinavian Game

    Good game is difficult to come by if you are not from a family of hunters, but many Scandinavians are, as hunting is a very popular sport all over Scandinavia. Wild meats have always been enjoyed as the flesh is rich-tasting and the difference from farmed animals is evident; the variety of their feed can be tasted in any wild animal. Venison is very lean compared to farmed meats, and free of pestici...
  • Norway’s Most Innovative Artist of Romanticism

    Norwegian painter Peder Balke is an unsung forerunner of modernism, and still today few will recognize his name. Peder Balke (1804-1887), explored the Arctic Circle as a young man and was so thrilled that he painted the frozen spectacle of th...
  • How to Annoy a Scandinavian

    If you happen to deal with Scandinavians from time to time, you will know how sensitive they are when being compared to their neighboring countries. If you do want to annoy them, here are some hints. If you want to be polite, just read on. ...
  • The Inland Counties in Eastern Norway

    The counties of Hedmark and Oppland are found in the heart of Norway, a vast area where Mother Nature offers large variations.  In Hedmark and the districts around Hamar, we find lowlands with large expanses of excellent agricultural conditi...
  • Hitting the Walking Trails in Scandinavia

    The Scandinavian region is known for its great open landscapes and is a mecca for hikers and backpackers. Waymarked footpaths are found in scenically outstanding areas. The Danish countryside offers the most gentle introduction to walkers, wi...
  • Mountain Hiking in Norway

    Fannaråken is one of the most well-known mountains in Norway. One reason is that the mountain is very visible, either you drive across the Sognefjell (highway 55), or the Turtagrø-Årdal road. The mountain is also easily accessible for thos...
  • Hurricane Season in Stockholm

    In 2010, Hannah Modigh won the Swedish Photo Book Award for Hillbilly Heroin and now the publisher Bokförlaget Max Ström has published the book version of Hurricane Season which was released in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition ...
  • Controversial Nobel Peace Prize Winners

    Since the Nobel Peace prizes are awarded to people and accomplishments that even laymen have opinions about, they are creating more controversies than most other prizes. The Nobel Peace Prize is one of the most impressive awards around. When ...
  • A Hidden Gem in Sweden

    On the Swedish Westcoast, in the little town of Lysekil, we recently paid a visit to the Strandflickorna ("Beachgirls" in English) Coastal Hotel and had a conversation with the two owners, Bettina and Åsa. This is their story. Good friends Asa and Bettina attended to the same school after which Bettina worked at a large conference hotel in Uddevalla, not far from Lysekil, while Asa worked at the to...
  • Best Cocktail Bar in Copenhagen

    In Salon 39, Fredriksberg in Copenhagen, the bartenders have specialized themselves on classic cocktails. If Sazerac or Red Snapper mean something to you, you know what we’re talking about. But you may also taste some of their own mixes, like ...
  • Oslo – on a budget

    Oslo is the smallest and quietest of the Scandinavian capitals and also a familiar name on Europe’s top 10 most expensive cities. However, thanks to a recent oil price collapse, the Norwegian capital is again within reach to travelers. And Oslo is bustling, bohemian and beautiful. If you glide in to Oslo by train after a flight with low-cost airline Norwegian to Oslo Airport, you’ll glimpse an...
  • Freedom to Roam in Scandinavia

    The freedom to explore nature is considered a birthright of most Scandinavians, and the politicians have seen fit to put that inheritance into law. Since 1957 Norway has had a Lov om friliftslivet (Outdoor Recreation Act), which states succi...
  • Edvard Munch through the Eyes of Andy Warhol

    Edvard Munch (1863-1944) and Andu Warhol (1928-1987): An Unlikely Pair. While Andy Warhol was detached and impenetrably cool, Edvard Munch was tortured and brooding. After an Edvard Munch exhibition at Galleri Bellman in New York In 1982, the...
  • Stumbling Stones in Norway

    In 1990 the Berlin-born artist Gunther Deming marked in chalk the route taken by Cologne’s gypsies when they were deported in 1940. Three years later an older woman gave him an idea, leading to his stumbling stone project. At first he place...
  • Zealand Coast Around Copenhagen

    Heading north along the east coast from the Danish capital, Copenhagen, at the town of Helsingør you can be excused for thinking you’ve travelled back in time. Here an impressive fairy tale castle stands sentinel over the Øresund (the sound ...
  • Norwegian Mountain Hikes

    Snøhetta (the Snow Cap) is the highest mountain on Dovrefjell - a mountain region southwest of Trondheim and northwest of Lillehammer. Dovrefjell is known for its beautiful nature, its wildlife (a. o. reindeer and musk), and the (former) wea...
  • The Capital of Fika

    What is fika? It’s a Swedish custom where people gather to drink coffee, munch sweet treats and chat. It is as much part of the working day in Sweden as people are going to the pub in other countries. As a Norwegian I consider it as the backbone of daily life for a Swede. It is a social event that could even be described as giving the Swedes a sense of place and who they are. Many Swedish companie...
  • The Shipmaster’s House

    On the island of Lille Kirkeholmen (Little Church Islet), just outside Kargerø, Norway, on the western side of the Oslo Fjord, stands a red and white holiday village. For the family who bought the shipmaster’s house on the quayside, it was th...
  • At the Water’s Edge in Scandinavia

    Denmark and Sweden offer various coastlines and a thriving beach life. There are 8,000 km (5,000 miles) of coastline in Sweden, offering clean, if often chilly, water to swim in, and rocks to sun on (but few sandy beaches). The most spectacul...
  • Five Star Camping in Norway

    Bring your own caravan or mobile home, or rent a luxurious caravan or a high standard camping cabin. All is possible at the Hallingdal Holiday Park, which was admitted as member of Leading Campings Europe last year. Children as well as adults...
  • Danish Battle with Seagulls

    Earlier this year officials in Aarhus, Denmark’s second city, declared a war on the local seagulls’ aggressive actions. The city appears to have lost its battle. The gulls’ aggressive actions, which have become unbearable in recent year...
  • Be Seated the Norwegian Way

    The continued influence of expert Norwegian designers like the ones described in this overview can still be seen today in many ways. Norwegian furniture design has survived and thrived these many years and has been highly popular with its sophis...
  • State-funded Imam Training in Sweden

    Sweden will start its first state-funded Islamic theology training program in Stockholm this autumn. The course organizers hope it will provide more locally-educated imams. The program is aimed at introducing potential spiritual leaders with ...
  • New SFMOMA Transformed by Norwegian Architects

    The transformed and expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) opened to the public on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Purpose-built to showcase the museum’s celebrated collection, the new SFMOMA was designed by the architecture firm Snøhet...
  • Prison Life in Scandinavia

    “What is the Scandinavian prison system like?” wondered James Conway, a former correctional officer from the notorious US prison Attica. He was invited by Finnish Broadcasting, YLE, to comment on the Scandinavian prison system. Conway cou...
  • Stubborn Norwegians

    The counties of Hedmark and Oppland have often been at the center of events in Norwegian history. But also people who live there are important - to some extent the inhabitants might be characterized as a bit of a stubborn! Let’s for instance look at a figure like Dale-Gudbrand from Hundtorp (also called Gudbrand Herse). He was the real ruler of Gudbrandsdalen (Gudbrand Valley) in the 1000’s, and...
  • IKEA Founder Returns to Sweden

    Europe’s richest person, IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad, 87, returns to Sweden from Switzerland where he’s been living for almost four decades. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index Kamprad is the world’s fourth wealthiest person. ...
  • To Norway to Eat Pizza

    Rest assured, this is not a pizza commercial.   Two Estonian women, while working at a Norwegian company in Tallin,  heard such great praise from their employer about Peppe's Pizza in Norway , particularly about one item on the menu, the "Moby Dick",  that they decided to fly to Oslo – solely in order to sample this vaunted pizza. The two women had followed all the customer complaints on Fac...
  • Century Love War

    The Swedish feminist Ebba Witt-Brattström’s book Century Love War has by some been interpreted as a war against her ex-husband. Witt-Brattström, however, claims that her war is not private but an intellectual war against what she calls the cultural man. At the same time it is a campaign for literary women. “I consider all our choices in life as political,” she says. “I want women to s...
  • Young Norwegian Painter with International Ambitions

    Straight from her education at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Jeanette Lafontine (b. 1981) had a six months Residency Unlimited stay in New York City. Her first solo exhibition in the metropolis attracted attention, and several of her painti...
  • Scandinavian Beef and Veal

    Beautiful, grass-fed, tender, fat-marbled beef is much sought after in Scandinavia and is the reason for all the lovely, rich stews that are a cherished part of the Scandinavian cultural heritage. But you can only buy this beef at markets, on fa...
  • Wild Scandinavia

    Photographer, translator and writer Ben Love, originator of the popular Wild Guide books, has traveled to Scandinavia to explore its incredible hidden places. Over 800 adventures and wild experiences are covered in this spectacular photography guide with maps. Follow Ben sea kayaking around Norway’s stunning Lofoten islands, or hiking to Sweden’s coziest mountain lodges and feasting on locally s...
  • Award Winning Norwegian Designer

    The Norwegian designer Daniel Rybakken (b.1984) has received numerous awards, including the 'Best of the Best' Red Dot Award in Singapore, 2007; the Anders Jahre's Cultural Prize for Young Artists in Oslo, 2008; the Design Report Award for best ...
  • A Forgotten Swedish Star

    Born and raised in Helsingborg, Sweden in 1906, Greta Magnusson Grossman represents a literal link between European design and California modernism. Grossman remained in her hometown until the late 1920s upon finishing a woodworking apprenticesh...
  • Mood of Doom in Oslo

    Stockholm-born photographer Helene Schmitz spent more than ten years exploring how nature is described and represented in science, art and literature. The mysterious Chinese killer climbing plant Kudzu has engulfed parts of southern USA, and there’s no way to stop it. Schmitz exhibition in Oslo runs through 11 June. “Biological Invasion” is the correct term for the spread of a species in an ...
  • Stockholm My Love

    The Swedish jazz singer Neneh Cherry is starring in the Mark Cousins-directed film “Stockholm My Love”, in which she also provides voice overs and five songs in the film’s soundtrack. The film portraits the Swedish capital and Neneh Cherry plays a 47-year-old architect who loves buildings and the way they influence people’s lives. In 1996 she released her album “Man”, which featured...
  • The Swedish Invasion of Norway

    Karl XII is a highly debated figure in Swedish history. One the one hand, he is seen as a national hero: courageous, faithful, and tolerant. On the other hand, he is criticized for being pigheaded and stubborn; a man who didn’t use diplomatic ...
  • Record Number of Cruise Passengers to Stockholm

    Half a million cruise passengers are expected to visit Stockholm this summer season and spend a combined total of around SEK 0.5 billion during their stay. 240 cruise ships will call in before the season closes. Each year, Stockholm sees mo...
  • Stairway to the Sky

    Stokke Sculpture Park in the county of Vestfold, Norway, is a two kilometer long trail set among crags and ridges amid the oak forest south of Oslo, just a little more than an hour’s drive by car from the capital. The sculpture park, named ‘Trail for the Eye’ was instigated in 2001 and opened to the public in the autumn of 2009. 12 works have been installed by Scandinavian artists, or artists ...
  • Active Life in Scandinavia

    Scandinavians are passionate about nature and the outdoors. Unfazed by the weather, they hike, ski, skate, sail, cycle, fish and climb. The people of the Scandinavian countries are so at home in their natural surroundings that they seldom pau...
  • From the Viking Age to the Present

    Since earliest times the county of Vestfold has been one of the main traffic routes through Norway. Vestfold county was navigable from north to south and to the west of the country. The European continent, being also accessible from Vestfold, ha...
  • Positions in Contemporary Jewelry

    The exhibition Open Space – Mind Maps. Positions in Contemporary Jewelry at  Nationalmuseum Design at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm intends to illustrate the point at which the actual art in jewelry arrived and what cultural message...
  • Remake of a Norwegian Summer Cabin

    Lund Hagem Architects, based in Oslo, Norway replaced an existing building with two blocks by a decked walkway that widens out to serve as a terrace. The area located off the coast of Helgeroa village in Southern Norway, consists of several s...
  • Scandinavian Sound of Success

    How did three countries famous for flat-packs and meatballs, export of bacon, fish, oil and gas manage to be three of the leading exporting countries of pop sound? It all began with Abba’s Waterloo in 1974, and the group continued to produc...
  • Tailor Made Galoshes

    When British shoemaker John Lobb began collaboration with Norwegian Swims, the two companies created a fusion between old craftsmanship and new technology. As a student at Parsons School of Design in New York, The Norwegian Johan Ringdal noticed that many New Yorkers wore their fine leather-soled shoes in rain, sleet, and snow. Ringdal, who grew up in a home where old-fashioned galoshes still were t...
  • History of Scandinavian Pork

    In centuries past, pork was a rare household delicacy in Scandinavia. Each farm had a pig or two, carefully fattened and butchered before Christmas, and this was a true feast, as it was the only time of the year when fresh pork could be had. ...
  • 30 Steps in Five Leaps

    Norwegian sprinter Ezinne Okaparaebo, ranked number 46 in the world for running, put her leaping skills on display when she earlier this year posted a clip of one of her workouts on Instagram. She has certainly put the average person to shame by sharing this impressive training routines on social media. She needed only five leaps to cover 28 stadium steps. It really is one of those see-to-believe...
  • Architectural Photo Marathon in Scandinavia

    Late last winter architectural photographer Marc Goodwin completed an “ultra-marathon of photoshoots in four Nordic countries. He visited twenty-eight architectural offices in twenty-eight days, spread across four capital cities – Copenhagen...
  • Norwegian Founder of Luxury Travel Agency

    Karl Backlund (30), a graduate from Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen and ESSEC Business School in France had trouble finding a job in banking. Then he met Jon Ein, a Paris-based American financier looking to expand into luxury travel. ...
  • Highest Water Prices in the World

    According to a recent survey by the NUS Consulting Group, studying water rates around the world, rates have increased in 12 of the 14 countries surveyed. Water prices in Denmark were by far the most expensive. With prices of USD 6.7 per cubi...
  • Food Traditions in the Norwegian County of Buskerud

    Buskerud is an elongated and lush county in eastern Norway  containing many cultural aspects which may be experienced through the food traditions in towns as well as rural areas. Customs and traditions are more alive than in many other plac...
  • Broken Heart Syndrome May Cause Death

    According to a recent Danish study, your heart suffers when you’re not happy. The death of a life partner may trigger an irregular heartbeat, causing the risk of dying from a broken heart. Unless you’re dead inside, you’ve probably expe...
  • Robert Mapplethorpe Exhibitions in Oslo

    The late American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (1946 – 1989) is famous for his intimate photographs of his lovers and friends. The Edvard Munch Museum and Galleri Brandstrup in Oslo honor his works. Galleri Brandstrup displays 32 exampl...
  • Wining and Dining in Sweden

    «Ska vi fika?» (Shall we have a coffee break?») is a question that induces a warm glow on every Swedish heart, and the answer is always “Ja!” Coffee is important to Sweden’s wellbeing. A snug place in which to drink it is vital, and ...
  • Oslo Open Artist Festival

    Oslo Open was established to give artists an alternative venue to show and an opportunity to be discovered outside the established institutions. Enjoy this year’s festival next weekend, 16-17 April. Oslo Open was established in 2000 by a c...
  • Unusual Hotel in Copenhagen

    “Unusual Hotels of the World” aims to recognize unique and exceptional hotels around the globe and nominated its first venue in Denmark: Copenhagen retro Hotel Alexandra. The hotel is filled with vintage furniture dedicated to such design le...
  • A Short Travel Guide to Spitsbergen

    Spitsbergen is the largest and only permanently populated island of the Svalbard archipelago in Northern Norway. The island is served by Svalbard airport, which lies in the ‘capital’ Longyearbyen. The best way to get around and see its un...
  • Land Rover Safari in Denmark

    Denmark is a small country but with a wide selection of attractions and things-to-do. Why not experience a Land Rover safari among the many African animals living on the savannah in the Ree Park in Djursland on the peninsula if Jutland? Ree...
  • “Norway Fascinates Me”

    Since the American illustrator Max Estes (38) packed his drawing gear and moved to Norway with his Norwegian wife in 2009, Norway has fascinated him and inspired him to make several children books and strips. We have interviewed Max Estes on ...
  • Danish Water Alliance Helps Solve California’s Water Challenges

    A Danish US partnership regarding water technology was launched in 4 April. The Danish company Ramboll participates in the partnership in order to help migrating water resource issues in California. Droughts have always plagued California, bu...
  • Extreme Surfing in Norway

    Arctic surfing at Unstad on the island of Lofoten in Northern Norway attracts extreme surfers from all over the world. Even in winter it’s become a unique experience for estreme sports enthusiasts. Every year more than 1,000 surfers are vis...
  • Naturists in Scandinavia

    Scandinavia is the most open-minded region in the world and it’s perfectly legal in Scandinavia for nudists to swim naked, or to sunbathe either topless or completely in the nude. What is Nudism? Nudism is the practice of going without clo...
  • Sensational Concert in Norway

    For the first time, a European Concert of the Berliner Philharmoniker will take place in Norway, or more precisely: in a beautiful Baroque church in the mining town of Røros, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Berlin Phiharmonic Orchestra’s ent...
  • The Sophisticated Swedes

    Beneath the cool, sophisticated exterior, the Swede harbors a deep and heartfelt passion for the nature, tradition and schnapps. Swedes have a reputation for being dry, somber and painfully serious. It is true that the average Swede is quite ...
  • Top Norwegian Words and Phrases for Travelers

    Learn some basic Norwegian words and phrases before you travel. Your trip to Norway will be much more enjoyable if you can communicate with the locals. Our team has reviewed the most common Norwegian words and phrases for you. You should also ta...
  • Scandinavian Goose and Duck

    Scandinavian geese – both wild and domesticated – have been immortalized in the famous book The Wonderful Adventures of Nils, written by Swedish author and Nobel Prize laureate Selma Lagerlöf and published in 1906. It tells the story o...
  • Happy Easter in Bornholm

    Take your family or best friend to the Danish island of Bornholm this Easter and meet a bison or watch the new dinosaur exhibition at Nature Bornholm. Winter is about to release its grip, daffodils bloom in the gardens and anemones emanates i...
  • From Bank Robber to Expert TV Commentator

    Dragomir “Gago” Mrsic was sentenced to three and a half year in prison for participating in a bank robbery in Stockholm in 1990. This summer he will be an expert commentator for Viasat during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Born in B...
  • Nomadic Designer from Norway

    Bjørg Nordli-Mathisen (49) grew up in the North of Norway and began making one-of-a-kind jewelry whilst living in India in 2004. With a background from the arts, she has always drifted towards new corners of the world to search for inspiration....
  • Created Reality in Stockholm

    Hasselblad user Erik Johansson is a Swedish photographer working in the ‘surreal’ genre, currently based in Prague. He doesn’t capture moments, he captures ideas. Erik’s work will be exhibited at Fotografiska museum in Stockholm, S...
  • Norwegian Crow’s Balls

    For the last decade «Mad Scot» Roderick Sloan has plunged into Arctic waters to pluck these spike-covered delicacies from rocky outcrops. His urchins (kråkebolle in Norwegian) are sent to some of the most exacting chefs in the world, includin...
  • Room for Rent in Scandinavia

    Almost 1 million people used Airbnb in Scandinavia last year, and overnighted more than 3 million times. In 2007, the two design graduates, Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia, struggled to pay their rent. They solved their problem by renting out three ...
  • The Norwegian Guitar Hero

    The Norwegian guitar builder, Thomas “Toneshaper” Nilsen, has developed his own “Cream T. Pickups”. Billy F. Gibbons was his first international big client. Thomas Nilsen has been a professional luthier since 1995. His interests and a...
  • Faroese Knitting Festival

    Discover Faraoe Island’s remarkable knitting culture. If you are a pro or just interested in knitting there’s actually a knitting Festival on Faroe Islands 14-16 April 2016. It is also an exclusively opportunity to stay with the locals. T...
  • The Cool Norwegians

    Forget the stereotypical image of a cool Scandinavian: visitors to Norway can be assured of a warm and friendly welcome. Some say that Norwegians can be cool almost to the point of rudeness when you first meet them. Thomas Hylland Eriksen, professor of social anthropology at the University of Oslo, wants to set that stereotype straight. “Norwegians have a general reputation for being slightly a...
  • 10 Scandinavian Design Lessons to Help Beat the Winter Blues

    Winter is a time when many of us can feel a bit low, so we decided to cheer you up with some Scandinavian design lessons. Easter is coming, but spring still seems a long way off. It’s no wonder we get a touch of the winter blues. Yet, in Sc...
  • 5 Crazy Things You Didn’t Know About Antarctica

    But visitors pay a minimum of $5,000 (and upwards of $25,000) for a measly 7 day trip. So if you're like me and want to experience Antarctica - but don't have the money yet - we can live vicariously through these 5 fun facts! [caption i...
  • Scandinavian Poultry, Meat, Game & Offal

    Scandinavians are great meat eaters. The surviving recipes from the past were mostly recorded in wealthier households, as they ate much more meat that the poorer majority who survived on a diet of porridge, and later bread and potatoes, with the...
  • Norway’s Parliament Building Celebrates its 150th Anniversary

    The Storting building (Norwegian: Stortingsbygningen), the seat of the Storting, the parliament of Norway, is located in central Oslo. It was taken into use on 5 March 1866 and was designed by the Swedish architect Emil Victor Langlet. ...
  • Welcome to Norway’s Factory Towns

    The story of how Norway in the course of one hundred years went from poverty to riches started in the factory towns. In the period 1905-1920, the towns were established by the deep fjords in the valleys where there was access to power: Rjukan, N...
  • Cozy Apartment Design in Gothenburg

    Today we invite you into a small apartment in Gothenburg, Sweden, to show you how the Swedes maximize space and make you feel welcome. The apartment is located in a charming turn of the century building in the popular Vasastan district of Got...
  • 2015 – A Profitable Year for Norwegian

    Europe’s third-largest low-cost carrier, Norwegian reached a total revenue of 22.5 BNOK (£1.8bn) in 2015 - an increase of 15 per cent. The production growth (ASK) increased by 5 per cent, which illustrates a breather in the company’s expans...
  • Michelin Star Sprangled Scandinavia

    The Michelin Nordic Cities Guide for 2016 was released last week and proves that Michelin Stars are shining bright in Scandinavia. The most notable addition this year is that Michelin has handed down two new three-star awards, marking the fir...
  • Norwegian Star Actor

    Norwegian actor Kristofer Hivju came from nowhere – now he is Norway’s soon to be Hollywood hero. The red carpet were rolled out when the movie about the ‘Birch legs’(The Last King) premiered in Norway last month. The film is directed by Nils Gaup (Pathfinder, 1987 and The Kautokeino Rebellion, 2008) and set in the year 1204, telling the story of a flight that changed Norway. Two Norwegia...
  • Assassination Shockwaves in Sweden

    On Sunday, 28 November, it is 30 years since Sweden’s prime minister Olof Palme was assassinated in central Stockholm. Despite Scandinavia’s economic ups and downs, an underlying sense of social wellbeing has always prevailed. This was sh...
  • Coffee Lovers, Look to Sweden

    In Helsingborg, Sweden, between Gothenburg and Copenhagen, you’ll find one of Sweden’s finest coffee bars, Koppi. The charming café has a vibrant atmosphere with a mix of on the go customers, people in the seating area socializing with f...
  • Food Traditions in Telemark County

    In the Norwegian county of Telemark, traditions have been influenced by the industries that have been important there. The diet is solid; it was important that it be nourishing, and at the same time economical. The family was a strong unit wi...
  • Floating Hotel in Copenhagen

    Next time you’re in Copenhagen, why not stay in an original barge in the middle of the busy metropolis? CPH Living is perhaps one of the quirkiest hotels in Copenhagen. It was originally a barge built in Germany. The barge was towed from Ge...
  • What Now, Oslo?

    The Government Quarter in Oslo was one of the targets in the 22 July 2011 terrorist attacks, where nine people were killed by a bomb blast in the area. After the attack the Government decided that the Norwegian ministries should be situated together in and around the present government quarter. The aim is to create inspirational workplaces in an attentively designed urban zone. Around 100 archi...
  • Cave Diving in Sweden

    IN 1979 WHEN BO LENANDER DIVED into a very small lake in the mountains of Jämtland in Sweden there was no Wikipedia to describe what he was doing and the “black space” he documented with his analog camera did not reveal its inner secrets. The black space was forgotten until the summer of 1997 when some intrepid divers attempted to uncover its murky secrets, only to be beaten by strong currents,...
  • My Norway

    In the spring of 2015 Daniel Maudal, a student of marketing and leadership at Agder University in Kristiansand, Norway, was reading his local paper.  In it he found a page titled ‘My Mandal’ that showed pictures of different venues and attractions in that area. “Why not share beautiful pictures from all of Norway on the Internet?” Maudal thought. He checked if the domain name was available ...
  • The Welcoming Danes

    The Danes are generally warm, witty and welcoming. But they can also be cool and reserved. It depends where you meet them. Danes have two reputations in the world, one at home and another abroad. Outside their homeland, Danes are known as warm, curious, friendly, funny and charming. In their modest way, Danish travelers bring on laughs and a sense of pure enjoyment for life. They try not to act...
  • Opera Pub in Oslo

    Experience some of Norway’s best opera singers perform varied and magical opera arias in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere every Wednesday at Cafe Amsterdam in Oslo. Cafe Amsterdam in cooperation with the organization “Opera to the People” will be converted from a traditional Dutch pub (only one in Norway serving ‘bitterballs’) to an Opera pub with exciting (and sometimes famous) opera si...
  • Swedish Furniture Design Conquers the World

    Swedish furniture company Johanson has more than 60 years of experience in creating simple and well balanced designed furniture, many of which has won prestigious prizes. Börje Johanson’s original idea was to sew hearth cushions and in 19...
  • Nostalgic Driving in Sweden

    If you’re planning a trip to Gothenburg by car and have some spare time, you should not do like most people and stick to the motorway. Make a detour into the nostalgic Retro Road, and fancy seeing a different side to Sweden. Take a nostalgia-s...
  • Bruce-Willis-like Car Chase in Norway

    “Bruce Willis could never have done this,” said a local police officer in Kristiansand after a Norwegian car owner had clung onto the top of his car in 56 mph. clad only in his boxer-shorts. Last month the daredevil stopped a thief from s...
  • Have You Considered House-Sitting?

    Maybe You Should. It’s the latest buzz. Scandinavians, join forces! There are no members in Scandinavia yet! Gone are the days when only your neighbor could watch your house while you went on vacation. With today's technology, websites conn...
  • Along Norwegian Fjords by Car

    Our road trip starts from Bergen. If you would like to experience Norwegian mountain landscapes, waterfalls, picturesque towns, exciting viewing points and spectacular bridges, don't miss this route from Bergen to Trondheim. You drive through...
  • Fresh Fish and Shellfish From Scandinavia

    Northern waters are still teeming with fish, even if it’s not as it used to be. Overfishing of certain species is a threat to the sustainability if marine life, with the cold waters being more fragile than warm seas, and restrictions are being...
  • Norway’s Forgotten Painter in London

    Until a few years ago no one outside Norway had heard of the Norwegian painter Nikolai Astrup. From today, 5 February to 15 May, a collection of over 90 oil paintings and prints will be exhibited at Dulwich Picture Gallery in London. [capti...
  • Too Nude for Facebook

    Nudity rules on Facebook stopped a Danish politician from publishing a photo of the iconic statue Little Mermaid in Copenhagen. The bronze figure is 102 years old, and the nude woman based on the fairytale by renowned Danish author Hans Christian Andersen is one of Copenhagen’s most visited tourist spots. It is situated along the Langeline promenade. Social Democrat MP Mette Gjerskov received...
  • Bridge to the Future

    The new millennium brought change for one of Scandinavia’s oldest schisms. The Øresund road and rail bridge rejoined Denmark and Sweden in 2000, a connection broken by the cataclysmic convulsion at the end of the Ice Age. The Scandinavian crime drama television series The Bridge (Broen) were shot in Denmark and Sweden. What appeared to be the body of a female Swedish politician was discovered in ...
  • Welcome to South East Norway

    Despite county boundaries and differences between the three counties of Telemark, Vestfold and Buskerud, both in terms of scope, livelihood and tradition, there are still more similarities than differences. The differences are most often seen...
  • Heavy Retro in Stockholm

    Stockholm is described as relaxed, cool and hip, and offers visitors a full range of creative shops, restaurants and vintage stores. But why not start your exploration at Nordiska Museet and the exhibition Heavy Retro, open through 4 September 2...
  • Step Back in Time at Røros

    In 1853, the King of Norway issued a royal decree stating that “From 1854 onwards a yearly market shall be held in Røros, Norway, commencing the second to the last Tuesday in the month of February, and lasting until the following Friday”. ...
  • Denmark is more than Copenhagen

    Many of Denmark’s major attractions lie beyond the city limits, and if you’re visiting Copenhagen, it’s worth considering how long your Copenhagen visit should be. You may either rent a car or use public transport. Train and bus links a...
  • No Country is Topping Norway

    The UN released its annual Human Development Report December last year. It contains an assessment of basic human development in 188 countries, called the Human Development Index (HDI). According to CNN “for the 12th year in a row, the land of ...
  • Playground of Contemporary Art in Denmark

    A new art playground opens in Charlottenlund on the coast north of Copenhagen in May this year. Olafur Eliasson, Jeppe Hein and other major figures in the art world will be contributing to the new art playground at Ordrupsgaard, thanks to a DKK ...
  • St. Moritz of the North

    Once known as, ‘The St Moritz of the North’, Norway’s Geilo ski resort, has been a popular tourist destination since the late 19th century. Here are some really great destinations for winter with beautiful winter scenery and great adven...
  • People and Trolls in Copenhagen

    “Does humor belong in Art?” asks Sverre Følstad, an expert on the Norwegian artist Theodor Kittelsen (1857-1914). Of course, it does! Danish Robert Storm Petersen (1882-1942), better known as Storm P., has proved this by transforming his pa...
  • A Danish Furniture Icon

    Børge Mogensen (1914–1972) started his career as a cabinetmaker in 1934. In 1936 he went on to study at the Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts under Professor Kaare Klint before entering the Royal Academy of Fine Arts from where he graduate...
  • A Room With a View

    Norwegian photographer Knut Bry worked several years taking photos in Balestrand, a municipality and tourist attraction located by the Sognefjord in Norway. Writer Idun A. Husabø was working alongside Knut and has written a series of essays about people living in Balestrand. The book was published by Skald (in Norwegian only). One evening in the late 1990s Knut Bry photographed the view ...
  • Scandinavian Borders and Migration

    The Oresund bridge between Sweden and Denmark has been a towering symbol of European integration ever since it opened in 2001. New travel restrictions imposed by Swedish authorities are an example of how national boundaries are re-emerging. T...
  • The World Celebrates a Fine Old Gentleman

    Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) is still considered one of the world’s greatest playwrights. 110 years after his death, you can visit the Ibsen museum in Oslo’s Arbins gate 1, and get an insight into his life and works. Henrik Ibsen, the man w...
  • How to Save for Your Next Vacation…

    Do you know how long habits take? According to the University College London (UCL) on average it takes 66 days to change a habit. But it all starts with the first step... To break bad spending habits and start saving for your next vacat...
  • Internationally Acclaimed Norwegian Artist

    Norwegian singer-songwriter Susanne Sundfør made headlines in international media, not least because of her latest album, “Ten Love Songs”. “This is brilliant pop from Norwegian megastar”, wrote Alexis Petidris in the British paper T...
  • Absolutely Scandilicious!

    According to Norwegian chef, food anthropologist and author Signe Johansen, “people are tired of Italian and French, they are searching for something new and want to expand their spectrum.” In her book, “Secrets of Scandinavian cooking –...
  • A Wave of Nostalgia in Oslo

    It is easy to forget how important typewriters were for the development of our modern society. Easy to forget what they meant for the development of the press and typography. And, not less, easy to forget how important they were for the entry of...
  • Sweden’s «Middle Way»

    While Norway and Denmark struck oil in the late 1960s and early 70s, Sweden was deprived of any share of the North Sea bonanza. Sweden’s “Middle Way” is a compromise between capitalism and socialism, and showed signs of turning into a c...
  • Refreshingly Eccentric Young Norwegian Artist

    The Norwegian contemporary artist Ann Cathrin November Høibo has gathered international attention for her sculptures and paintings utilizing weaving, fabric, dangling string and cords, rubber bands, various found objects and spare, intense colo...
  • Scandinavian Sour Milk Products

    Scandinavia is home to a number of exquisite and unique milk products, aside from all the ones available in the rest of the world. Sour milk, like yogurt, was originally produced to make fresh milk keep, but also for its health-giving and cul...
  • The First Car Tourist in Norway

    Dutchman Peter Scheltema Beduin was a true pioneer. In the years before 1900 he distinguished himself as racer cyclist and won prizes in many parts of Europe. Reporters called him "The Flying Dutchman". On Thursday 9 August 1901 Beduin (1870-...
  • Swedish Murder Case with Elk as Prime Suspect

    A man from southern Sweden, who was accused of murdering his wife, is suing authorities for damages after it was established that she was in fact killed by an elk. The man, a resident of Loftahammer in southern Smaland, is now demanding tens ...
  • Thank you for smoking, Mr. Hansen

    “Welcome to Hansen and Lydersen,” says owner Ole-Martin Hansen from Norway when arriving at a secluded brick building in a side street in Stoke Newington in North London. Here Hansen has built a small smokehouse – an upgraded copy of his o...
  • Happy New Year from Scandinavia

    New Year’s Eve in Scandinavia offers locals as well as visitors lots of parties, fireworks and celebrations. This is the festive time of year for everyone to enjoy, regardless of faith, nationality or background. New Year’s Eve is also o...
  • Sweden – Los Angeles Non-Stop

    From March 14, 2016 travel to and from Sweden is about to get a boost from SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) when it inaugurates daily flights between Stockholm and Los Angeles. This marks the first time in more than 20 years that SAS will operate ...
  • The Smiling Landscape of Southern Norway

    Few places have so much rich nature to offer its visitors and residents as the Norwegian county of East Agder with Ulvøya as its southern and western most points on the coast, and Gjærstadtangen as the eastern most. The county also has a la...
  • Immigration Tensions in Scandinavia

    Not only today, but from the 1950s onwards, Scandinavia began to receive its first immigrants –«Guest workers» from Turkey and the former Yugoslavia, and political refugees from Hungary and the former Czechoslovakia. Initially immigrants ...
  • Swinging Christmas in Oslo

    Last Sunday, Solveig Sings presented a perfect kick start to the festive period at Amsterdam Café in downtown Oslo. Vocalist Solveig Borgen, accompanied by Harald Galåen (piano) and Einar Bergem (bass), celebrated the season with Norwegian and...
  • Copenhagen Connecting

    Smart technology can help growing cities to meet coming challenges. Copenhagen is one of these evolving ‘smart cities’. Copenhagen boosts innovative business and action across sectors through a game-changing data-approach. Last year Copenhagen claimed the prestigious World Smart Cities Award for its ”Copenhagen Connecting” plan. Thereby Copenhagen brings connectivity to a new level by playin...
  • The World of Ski Photography

    Norwegian ski and snowboard photographers are internationally acclaimed. Their photos have been printed in magazines from American Sports Illustrated to Japanese Transworld Magazine. Here we present the top six. If you look at the top photogr...
  • Top 5 Scenic Drives in Sweden

    There’s plenty of scenic views that can be experienced from the road in Sweden, and picking out the top 5 drives is no easy task. It’s all about personal preference when it comes to enjoying the surrounding landscape, but Sweden definitely h...
  • The Edvard Munch Art Award

    A new prize, the Edvard Munch Art Award, was for the first time presented last week, on Munch’s birthday, 12 December. The award is funded by Statoil. Her Majesty The Queen of Norway presented the prize, which was awarded to the French arti...
  • Christmas and Gingerbread Houses in Stockholm

    The annual Gingerbread house exhibition in Stockholm opened on December 2 and lasts through January 10. This year’s theme is "New lair - stay in new ways". Big and small have contributed with their creations to this both different and fragrant...
  • Norwegian Mountain Sunrise

    At 2,067 meters above sea level, Fannaråken lies higher than any other mountain cabins belonging to the Norwegian Mountain Touring Association (DNT). It was a long-standing dream, which had been ruined by countless bad weather forecasts or ...
  • The Next Big Scandinavian Thing

    Spirits fans in Canada are touting aquavit, calling it the Next Big Scandinavian Thing to influence our palates. “In its simplest form, it’s a Nordic gin, but flavored with caraway instead of juniper,” explains Alex Black, bartender at ...
  • Wild Stuff on a Pilgrimage in Norway

    What drives three blokes to take themselves off on an adventurous wild-camping pilgrimage? The promise of sleeping outside in the pouring rain, or being under attack by possibly the smallest creatures in Norway? In the winter of 2009, Joly Br...
  • Scandinavian ‘Oscars of Architecture’

    Swedish and Danish architects received the great prizes for a football club in Stockholm and a twisted skyscraper, the Vancouver House in Canada, last month. The two Scandinavian architect firms received the prizes at the World Architecture F...
  • 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo

    Tomorrow, on December 11, the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony Concert will be held in Oslo. Countless of influencers from around the world gather to hand out humanity’s highest honors every year. Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, best known to EDM fans...
  • Christmas Wonderland in Copenhagen

    Christmas in Tivoli is a real Copenhagen tradition where authentic summer classics have been replaced by Scandinavian Christmas mood. In November and December Tivoli in Copenhagen has been decorated with lightning, colors and Christmas trees,...
  • Scandinavian Cheese

    The Scandinavian tradition is for salty, full-fat, firm or hard cheeses, often matured, some as long as two years. The last few decades have seen production of a vast number of new soft cheeses, inspired by southern Europe, but even these are eaten in the traditional way – namely thinly sliced on bread. Most cheeses are made from cow’s milk as milking ewes and goats is rare in southern Scandi...
  • Norwegian Artist Wins Prestigious Award

    Norwegian painter and illustrator Vanessa Baird (52) has received the prestigious 2015 Lorck Schive Art Prize. The Lorck Schive Art Prize (NOK 500,000/$60,000) is held biennially at Norway’s Trondheim Art Museum and is Norway’s biggest ar...
  • Danish Study on Facebook Dependency

    The Happiness Institute in Copenhagen have recently published a research report, The Facebook Experiment, in which they question if social media affect the quality of our lives. The conclusion is that we are influenced by social comparisons w...
  • Graphic Universe Inspired by Northern Norway

    The Norwegian artist Anna-Eva Bergman (1909-1987) lived and worked primarily abroad, but it was a trip to Northern Norway in 1950 that would come to have vital importance for her development as a visual artist. Now her works are exhibited at the...
  • The Scandinavian Model

    Nathan Heller took a closer look at the Scandinavian Model in The New Yorker Magazine February Issue this year, and asks if Scandinavians have it all figured out. He begins by describing a Swedish couple; he a retired artist wearing fancy clothes and receiving his pension, his wife, a neurosurgeon who never have paid a krona in tuition. The government gives them, among other welfare benefits, a comb...
  • Norway’s Countryside of Smiles

    The two Norwegian counties of West and East Agder are often simply referred to as the Southland.  Although West and East Agder have much in common, they are in many ways two very different counties. West Agder is not one of the larger counti...
  • A Plane Geek’s Dream Stay in Stockholm

    If you’re a hard-core aviation fan, you should definitively try a stay in a converted Boeing 747 at Arlanda Airport in Stockholm. True, the rooms are small, but they’re perfectly formed with all the facilities you’d expect from a modern...
  • The New Oil-rich Scandinavians

    During the late 1960s and early 70s, the economies of Norway and Denmark were given another welcome leg-up – they struck oil. Denmark had become adept at exploiting niche markets (think Lego, Bang & Olufsen, Carlsberg, and selling strea...
  • Norwegian action-adventure drama

    A true tale set in civil wat-ravaged Norway, produced by Oscar-nominated director Nils Gaup, The Last King, is ready for the US market. Magnolia Pictures has acquired the North American rights. “The Last King” is a tale set in 1206 when N...
  • Aarhus – The World’s Smallest Metropolis

    The Danish town Aarhus may justifiably be called the world’s smallest metropolis. You can walk from one millennium to another in just one minute. And if you want to go from cobbled streets and youthful exuberance to green woods and refreshi...
  • Kon-Tiki – Again

    This month two replicas of Thor Heyerdahl’s ancient pre-Incan rafts Kon-Tiki, christened Rahiti Tane and Tupac Yupanqui, have set out to sail from South America to Eastern Island – and back! The expedition has been named Kon-Tiki 2. On their official homepage expedition leader Håkon Wium Lie explains that Kon-Tiki 2 got its name because they seek to double-down on Thor Heyerdahl’s famous voya...
  • Freedom on Snow in Oslo

    Winter sports have a unique position in Norway. The exhibition “Freedom on Snow” opened at the Holmenkollen Ski Museum in Oslo in November 2014 and is about snowboard and modern skiing. The exhibition interprets freedom on snow as part of...
  • Pop-Up Wedding in Copenhagen

    A bright early autumn’s day in Copenhagen was the backdrop for the Pop Up wedding event held at the Museum of Copenhagen, organized and coordinated by Golden Days Festival. I must admit, until my visit to Copenhagen to participate at the we...
  • Interior Shopping in Oslo

    Norwegians are home loving people. They are redecorating their homes for billions every year. Interior shops are therefore flourishing in the Norwegian capital. Here are our selected few. Hay House Josefinegt. 23, 0351 Oslo Hay is owned b...
  • Summer on the Swedish Coast!

    Plan your visit now and shed those musty winter thoughts. On paths that wind o’er rock and marsh, where the wind blows in from Dogger Bank, carrying the smell of seaweed and adventure. This was Swedish songwriter Evert Taube’s invitation ...
  • The Secret to Exploring Oslo on the Cheap

    Oslo is the capital of Norway.  The history of Oslo goes back to around year 1000 AD. Since the Middle Ages Oslo has gone through great changes, even the name of the town has been changed a few times, before it became the city it is today.  ...
  • Peacetime Recovery in Scandinavia

    The last stage of World War II, with German forces scorching the earth in their retreat from the advancing Soviets, hurt northern Norway. Recovery from the war in Denmark and Norway was set in motion by the Marshall Plan (1947-51). Neutral Sw...
  • Norwegian man cut neighbor’s outbuilding into two

    A Norwegian man, Arne Vigeland, hired two workmen to cut his neighbors outbuilding right in half because it crossed over onto his land. Then they dumped the rubble on the neighbor’s vegetable patch. The owners of the property at Nesoya outs...
  • The Swedish Furniture Giant

    Founder of Ikea, Ingvar Feodor Kamprad, was born on March 30, 1926 in a small province Smaaland in Pjätteryd (now a part of Âlmhult Municipalty), Southern Sweden. Kamprad’s biographers believe that the trading hobby was passed to Ingvar by i...
  • On Learning Norwegian

    Norwegian is a language that English-language writers and translators seem willing to pick up. James Joyce learned it to read Ibsen. Lydia Davis is learning it solely by reading Dag Solstad. On the Literary Hub Lydia Davis (photo on top) shows her handwritten notes in the margins of a novel called “unreadable” and “as dull as the phone book” by critics in Norway where it was published. In...
  • The Swedish Camera Icon

    If you mention the name Hasselblad, every professional photographer in the world would think of cameras for professionals. The Hasselblad name has been linked with cameras almost since the early days of photography. But who was the man behind...
  • Western Norway – The Storehouse Area

    Western Norway includes Moere og Romsdal, Sogn og Fjordane and Hordaland. It is an area which possesses a "fortune" of resources both on land and sea. There is an area off the northwest-coast, which the locals call the “Storehouse Area”. ...
  • Swedish Photographer on Innocent War Victims

    “Where the Children Sleep” is a present photo exhibition at Fotografiske, Stockholm, where Swedish photographer Magnus Wennman shows his heart-rending photographs of child victims from the war in Syria. Fotografiska and Aftonbladet aim...
  • The Dimple of Norway

    Norway’s smallest town, Stavern, was home to many of the country’s most well-known and celebrated artists. The town is located outside Larvik in the county of Vestfold. It was not given town status until the year of 1942. There are Easter, summer, autumn and Christmas exhibitions in about 20 locations around the town. From the year 1677 until 2002, the town was the home of an important naval b...
  • Cultural Achievements in Denmark

    Denmark's rich intellectual heritage contributes to the cultural achievements of the modern world. The astronomical discoveries of Tycho Brahe (1546-1601) and the brilliant contributions to atomic physics of Niels Bohr (1885-1962) indicate th...
  • Norway at War

    On World War II’s first day of invasion of Norway gunners in an old fortress on Oslo Fjord had the satisfaction of sinking the German Cruiser Blücher, killing around 830 of those on board. While Hitler’s local stooge, Vidkun Quisling, the leader of the Fascist National Unity Party, proclaimed himself prime minister, King Haakon and most members of the government escaped to Tromsoe in northern N...
  • Scandinavian Dairy

    Dairy products are the backbone of rural self.-esteem and farming traditions in Scandinavia. The cooperative movement itself is an extremely important part of Scandinavian democracy and self-understanding. It was originally invented to professionalize and upgrade the milk and milk products in Denmark, Sweden and Norway. In fact, it was a very early form of self-organized fair trade. The cooperative ...
  • World Music from Norway

    Nino & Vinz tour the world, telling that they’re Afro-Norwegians, which is very exotic for most audiences. On stage they use African dance steps which they’ve been taught by their parents. The international music sensation Nico & ...
  • Magic Art in Stockholm

    The Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson (48) is one of the world’s most acclaimed international contemporary artists. His exhibition “Reality Machines” is now on display in Moderna Museet, Stockholm through 17 January. A fan circles in an irregular orbit above our heads, water squirts up in cascades, and in another room we can walk in a labyrinthine architecture of coloured space. These wo...
  • Watch a Norwegian Mountain Lake…

    … or rather bring it with you in your own watch. Ladies’ watch Lady Fjord is designed by a former Norwegian physiotherapist, Rune Bruvik. It consists of a chamber filled with water from Norwegian mountain lakes. While the mantra of the indus...
  • Swedish Master Chef

    If you happen to be in South Sweden or are planning to visit Skåne-Tranås, don’t miss Daniel Berlin Krog, ranked as “Restaurant of the Year” by Swedish White Guides in 2013. You need to book far in advance to reserve a table at Daniel Berlin Krog - there is only room for about 25 persons at each seating in the cozy small dining room. If you stay in Stockholm, we advise you to take the tra...
  • Ten Enlightening Years in Norway

    In 2005, three economists and an award-winning chef got a bright idea.  They wanted to create a Norwegian lamp brand. Despite the long, dark winters, there were very few lamp manufacturers in Norway and so, the Northern Lighting Company was bor...
  • Uncompromising Danish Jewelry Designer

    Danish designer Ole Lyngaard possessed an inexhaustible supply of creativity and inspiration, for which he was almost as thankful as the women who wear his jewelry. The Ole Lyngaard label is still the preferred jewelry studio of some of the worl...
  • Exhibition: “Poor Art – Rich Legacy” in Oslo

    Through February 28 the Exhibition “Poor Art – Rich Legacy” will be displayed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo, the venerable, former Norwegian Bank building. The thematic exhibition of works from the collection concentrates on...
  • German Invasion of Denmark

    The German invasion of Denmark and Norway began on 9 April 1940. Some troops crossed the Jutland border into Denmark, others emerged from hiding in German merchant ships in Copenhagen harbor, and paratroops landed at key points around the countr...
  • Sweden’s Most Powerful Fashion Man

    Swedish designer Jonny Johansson and his fanatically popular fashion brand, ACNE, are in the power seats. When Jonny Johansson and three colleagues started his lifestyle label in Stockholm in 1996, they claimed they would conquer the world af...
  • Surfing out of Norwegian Prison

    Last summer a convicted sex offender managed to escape from an island prison in Norway on a surf board, paddling to the mainland with the help of a plastic shovel. The prisoner, said to be in his mid-20s, went missing overnight. The next morn...
  • Brown Bear Safari in Sweden

    In Hälsingeland north of Stockholm visitors may watch and photograph wild Scandinavian Brown Bears (ursus arctos) from safe wooden hides. Hälsingland is a historical province in central Sweden. It borders Gästrikland, Dalarna, Härje...
  • The Water Trekking Route in Norway

    The Aurland Valley is wild with breathtaking nature, often compared to Grand Canyon in the US. Aurlandsdalen, as it is called in Norwegian, is located in the county of Sogn og Fjordane in West-Norway. The Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) ...
  • Danish Nobel Winner Foiled the Führer

    When Nazi-Germany swallowed Europe, the Danish physicist Niels Bohr fought back with the only weapon he had: chemistry. Niel Bohr transformed into something like Oskar Schindler in a lab coat. From his Institute for Theoretical Physics in Cop...
  • The Most Remote Hotel in Norway

    In Canvas Hotel, in the deep, magic forests in the county of Telemark, the check-in point is a tent. You have arrived at a paradise for biking enthusiasts. This niche hotel has been developed for mountain biking and offers miles of guided hik...
  • Talking Scandinavian Design

    We’ve met up at the Broberg & Ridderstråle office, a fairly messy space with prototypes, sketches and odd pieces of furniture here and there, with no apparent structure. None of the precise finish that is typically so prevalent in Brob...
  • Artistic Architecture in Norway and Newfoundland

    Canadian-born, Norwegian-based architect Todd Saunders returned to Newfoundland to design a 29-room inn on tiny Fogo Island. Therefore, in 2004, the Shorefast Foundation was established in order to revive the island and attract visitors who...
  • Ingmar Bergman’s Passion

    In 1960 Ingmar Bergman finished his screenplay to "Through a Glass Darkly". He wanted to screen the film on the Orkney islands, but the film company realized it would be too expensive, and did everything they could to persuade him to think other...
  • Could a Norwegian Saved Greece From Drowning?

    Secretly the disputed Greek Minister of Finance, Yanis Varoufakis, tested out the possibility of introducing a parallel electronic payment system. Behind the model is the Norwegian scientist Trond Andresen. The premise for the proposal was th...
  • Scandinavian Omelet

    Thick omelet with tomatoes, chives and bacon. Serve with toasted rye bread, which is a completely different thing untoasted. The toasting brings out the caramel flavor. Leftovers are eaten the day after as a topping for open sandwiches. In a thick iron pan, fry the bacon in the butter until crisp. Remove the bacon. Beat the eggs and then add them to the pan and fry in the bacon fat and butter....
  • The Royal Past of Lindøya, Oslo

    Lindøya is a small island located in the Oslo fjord, just south of central Oslo. Administratively it belongs to the borough of Gamle Oslo (Old Oslo). In 1920, Lindøya was the Oslo base for the pioneer Norwegian airline, Det Norske Luftfart...
  • Scandinavian Royal Line

    Monarchy is alive and well in Scandinavia. Sweden, Norway and Denmark all have royal figureheads. Monarchy could hardly be more entrenched than in Denmark. Queen Margrethe II is the 53rd in an unbroken line of sovereigns spanning more than 1,...
  • The Road to Norway

    Today we proudly present the stunning photos taken by photographer Gianluca La Bruna and his comments on his visit to Norway a couple of years ago. Born and raised in Italy, Gianluca rented a car and hit the roads of Norway. The following story, is Gianlucas own, accompanied by his stunning photos from the trip. ” I’m originally from Italy and my city is in front of the sea side. Summer to me...
  • The Viking Mystery on Greenland

    What happened to the Greenland Norse? Why did the Vikings on Greenland disappear? The answer will probably never be revealed. The mystery has been given many names, from Greenland’s Pompeii to the Farm under the Sand. In the mid-fourteenth ...
  • Norwegian Tronder Farms and Food

    The characteristic farm houses in the county of Trondelag in the middle of Norway are worth a visit, since they testify that people in Trondelag take care of their traditions. The Tronder farms are known for their good food, especially for Ch...
  • Action film and the Bible in Denmark

    “Some ways of presenting art are more valid than other,” says the Norwegian director/curator Erlend G. Høyersten at Aarhus Art Museum in Jutland, Denmark. Is it possible to create an exhibition that is neither historically nor thematically ...
  • Bogstad Manor in Oslo

    Bogstad Manor is a listed and protected cultural monument and one of the few country estates in Norway. It holds a central position in Norwegian history, both as an industrial estate and as a center during important periods of our political history. While Norway was still Catholic the land was rented out to tenant farmers by Hovedøya Monastery. After the reformation in 1536 it was confiscated by t...
  • The Longing for Scandinavia

    Swedish Olaus Magnus, the brother of the last archbishop in Sweden to be confirmed by the pope, lived in exile in Italy where he compiled the first detailed map of Scandinavia, Carta marina (1539) in a comparatively accurate manner. As a youn...
  • 100% Norwegian in London

    Functionality, minimalism and innovation have become Norwegian design features. The exhibition 100% Norway opens tomorrow in London in Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, East London as a part of the internationally recognized London Design Festiv...
  • The Scandinavian Demon Drink

    Stringent laws on the purchase of alcohol in Norway and Sweden have been somewhat at odds with the figure these countries have wanted to cut in the modern world. The time-honored yarning for drink can be blamed on long winter nights, but anci...
  • Norwegian Film invited to Film Festival in Canada

    The movie Louder Than Bombs directed by Norwegian director Joachim Trier has been invited to participate in one of the world’s biggest film festivals in Toronto in September. Joachim Trier did not receive the Golden Palm from the film fes...
  • Scandinavia Scores High on the World Change Readiness Index

    The 2015 Change Readiness Index (CRI) indicates the capability of a country to respond to a wide range of change drivers. The report indicates the capability of a country – its government, private and public enterprises, people and wider ...
  • Norway – world’s second best reputation

    Norway is second only to Canada in terms of country reputation, according to a recent report by Denmark-based Reputation Institute. Reputation Institute, which is based in Boston and Copenhagen, produces the annual Country RepTrak report to...
  • Seducing Northern Lights in Scandinavia

    The Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights) is the world’s most brilliant light show. And each year people travel far and wide for a chance to see it. But how do they work? The aurora occurs when highly charged electrons (from the solar...
  • Sleek Norwegian Spiral Stair

    Last summer architect Tron Meyer (31) launched his spiral stair Risa Meyer, made from Norwegian wood and produced in Norway. The design has made it possible to replace steel and concrete with a more sustainable alternative, high quality wood....
  • 9 Reasons to Visit Scandinavia in the Fall

    With the strongest exchange rates to Danish, Norwegian and Swedish kroner in nearly a decade, airfare prices dipping, and crowds thinning out for the fall, fall is the best time to visit Scandinavia for both huge savings and the opportunity to t...
  • Elegance in the Norwegian Mountains

    Experience the Tverrfjellet Pavillion in Dovre Municipality, designed by the prestigious architectural firm Snøhetta. The Tverrfjellet Cabin was opened 2011, built on behalf of the Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre North. The building is made a...
  • Apple Art in Southern Sweden

    Skåne in Southern Sweden is famous for its apples and 26-27 September sees the annual Apple Market in Kivik. Artist Emma Karp Lundström has been behind the apple art at The Kivik Apple Market in recent years and this year will be no excepti...
  • Nippon Art by a Norwegian Artist

    The Norwegian artist Gardar Eide Einarsson is perhaps the most unpopular young artist in Norway, but in his new hometown Tokyo he has acquired an added status as an all over tattooed performer of martial arts. His exhibitions over the past de...
  • Scandinavian Award Winners

    "Congratulations to all our winners here at Forte Village Resort in Sardinia,” said World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke last week-end. “These are the leaders of our industry here in Europe and it is a pleasure and an honor to recogniz...
  • In Search of Matisse in Copenhagen and Oslo

    Focus this autumn is on the French painter Matisse at Henie Onstad Art Center outside Oslo as well as at Ordrupgaard Museum outside Copenhagen. Basis for the two exhibitions is, however, fundamentally different. Henie Onstad Kunstsenter ...
  • Norwegian Tourism Prize 2015

    Lyngfjord Adventure, Tromsoe, North Norway, was rewarded the Norwegian Tourism Prize 2015 yesterday. The Tourism Prize is awarded by Innovation Norway and consists of a cash award of NOK 250,000. The announcement was made by Cathrine Pia Lund, d...
  • Iconic ABBA Piano to be auctioned at Sotheby’s

    ABBA’s Dancing Queen piano, which will go under the hammer at Sotheby’s Rock & Pop Auction in London on 29 September, is expected to make £800,000. The ABBA Grand Piano has featured in many ABBA pop classics, like “Waterloo”, “...
  • Munch and Van Gogh move to Amsterdam

    The Exhibition Munch and Van Gogh at the Munch Museum in Oslo was a huge success. From September 29 the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is organizing this unique exhibition in the Dutch capital, exposing the many similarities between these two arti...
  • Important Shit in Copenhagen

    Explore Denmark’s rich cultural heritage in a series of events at the Golden Days Festival, September 4 – 20. What is cultural heritage? Whose is it and why is it important? In September, Golden Days puts the theme of cultural heritage o...
  • One of the World’s Best Sculpture Parks

    Judy Fayard wrote recently an article in the Wall street Journal titled ‘Five of the World’s Best Sculpture Parks’. “Sculpture parks dedicated to modern and contemporary art are now found around the globe,” she wrote, and the Ekeberg S...
  • World Class Scandinavian Universities

    If you’re planning to study in Europe, then Scandinavian universities should definitely be on your list. The 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) was released last week by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai J...
  • Cycling Fever in Norway

    Northern Norway's coastline once again made a spectacular backdrop earlier this month when the world’s cycle elite met in the northernmost bike race in the world. In 2013, the Arctic Race became the first professional road cycling race to b...
  • The Rocky West Coast of Sweden

    Thousands of granite islands make up the Western Islands of Sweden, an archipelago that stretches north into the Norwegian border. It’s an exciting part of Scandinavia! Gothenburg Why not begin your exploration with the largest city of the...
  • Ode to Osaka – Now in Oslo

    Ode to Osaka explores architect Sverre Fehn’s design for the Nordic Pavilion at the World Expo in Osaka, Japan in 1970. Fehn took part in a competition to design the Nordic Pavillion for the exhibition, without winning. Fehn’s proposal has ...
  • Urban Winery in Stockholm

    The Winery Hotel in Solna, located at the northern main access road to Stockholm, is a visionary concept hotel with 184 rooms and its own wine production of about 10,000 bottles a year. The hotel opens in January 2016. The concept has been de...
  • At the Coastline of Mid-Norway

    The sea around Stokkøya outside Trondheim is brilliant for surfing, and over time the site has become a base for divers from all over the world. Roar Svenning grew up at the Troningen farm by Hosnasand, and this story starts way back when ...
  • Rude-Sounding Village Name in Sweden

    A house in Snorrslida, Sweden, has been on the market for more than three years because the village name is deemed to be rude in the Swedish language. The housing shortage in Sweden normally implies that a house like this should be sold with...
  • Oktoberfest in Oslo

    Four days last week the famous German Oktoberfest visited Oslo  – Wednesday through Saturday. You no longer have to go to Munich, Germany, to experience the fantastic and fun atmosphere of the Oktoberfest. For the second year in a row the Oktoberfest took place downtown in Oslo, at Youngstorget, serving German schnitzels, sausages, Bavarian fries and German Oktoberfest beer in the authentic Bavar...
  • A Hidden Gem in Sweden

    Experience historical ruins, beautiful roses, interesting design and world-class food - In Gotland, Sweden. Gotland is a destination where you can spend your vacation among hens, truffle-dogs and hermits. To site the locals: “Gotland is a place full of opportunities, a place to explore, a place to relax. It is a place for exciting encounters, between land and sea, between the past and the pre...
  • The Beautiful Tourist Roads in Norway

    The Project ‘Norwegian Tourist Roads’ was started 21 years ago. Trollstigen (The Troll Ladder) is one of Norway’s most important sights and the biggest of the 18 projects. Each of the 18 National Tourist Routes has its particular charac...
  • Prestigious Prize to Danish Roof House

    ROOF HOUSE was rewarded the Fredensborg Municipality Architecture Prize 2015. The Jury claims, “The Roof House is an example of how the close collaboration between client and architect can create outstanding architecture.” Roof House is...
  • Sculptures Around Norway

    On the landscapes of a few select locations in Eastern Norway, sculptures by well-known contemporary artists have appeared, and makes your rest stops even more rewarding. In the project Skulpturstopp (Sculpture stop), several accomplished art...
  • Eggs & Dairy in Scandinavia

    Eggs are beautifully packages, nutritious food and have been a source of fascination to man since the earliest times. In the north Atlantic islands, where sea birds lay their eggs on narrow shelves on incredibly high and inaccessible cliffs, egg...
  • Popular Adventures in Stavanger

    A bundle of activities for different generations await you in the Stavanger region on the west-coast of Norway. Experience mother nature, immerse yourself in a vibrant cultural life, ready for you to explore. Lysefjord Enjoy a sightseeing cr...
  • Heroes of World War II in Scandinavia

    As the storm clouds of World War II gathered, Hitler’s rise was especially worrying to Denmark because Germany had never formally agreed to the Schlesvig-Holstein border after World War I. Accepting his surprising offer of a non-aggression ...
  • Successful Norwegian-lead Ebola study

    WHO, the World Health Organization, said in a new release published on its website that results from an interim analysis of the Guinea Phase III efficacy vaccine trial is highly effective against Ebola. The ‘ring’ vaccination method used ...
  • Ecovillages in Scandinavia

    Hurdal Ecovillage outside Oslo, Norway is the first formal ecovillage in Norway. In Sweden you may experience Utsikten Ecovillage, near Gothenburg, Suderbyn Ecovillage in Gotland and Tuggelite Ecovillage in Karlstad. What is an Ecovillage? A...
  • World’s Largest Sauna – in Norway

    The cultural platform, art festival SALT, is promoting unique installations, music and a collection of architectural structures. This year the festival is launching the world’s largest sauna. The SALT festival, which celebrates the culture ...
  • Where to Eat in Stockholm

    Dining out in Stockholm can be ludicrously pricey, but these stylish restaurants offer a more affordable taste of the city's fine cuisine Babette Here you meet Fredrik Lundberg, Jon Lacotte, Johan Agrell and Olle T Cellton, the acclaimed q...
  • Yoga and Puccini in Norway

    For a whole new way of enjoying opera, gourmet food and events, visit the Boutique Festival of Opera in the Åmot Country Villa and Opera Farm on the West-Coast of Norway in August. Bergen National Opera and Åmot Country Villa and Opera Farm...
  • The World of Astrid Lindgren

    In the deep forests of Smaaland in Sweden, Pippi Longstocking as well as Emil and Ronja the robber-daughter come alive during the Swedish summer months. The park in Vimmerby, southern Sweden, a Swedish version of Disneyland, was founded in 19...
  • A Touch of Paradise in Norway

    On the island Sør-Hidle, a twenty minutes boat trip from Stavanger on the Norwegian west-coast, you can experience a tropical feeling, wandering through several flower-gardens, palm trees, a Bonsai water garden with its 80 happy koi-fishes, ...
  • Art in Copenhagen

    Interested in art? Copenhagen offers an abundance of contemporary art galleries and museums. Here is our list of our preferred venues. The Hirschprung Collection Hirschsprung is an art museum in a class of its own. It stands as a unique presentation of Danish art from the 19th and early 20th centuries, spanning the period from the Danish Golden Age to the Skagen painters and the Modern Breakthrough...
  • Oslo Fjord Cruises

    Coming to Oslo thinking a fjord cruise is expensive? Not at all. With Ruter’s  summer offerings you may take a more than two hours cruise for just 150 kroner (USD 19). Saturdays and Sundays during the Summer months Ruter (a common management company for public transport in Oslo and Akershus which is owned by Oslo municipality (60 %) and Akershus County Council (40 %)) offers three daily sailin...
  • Scandinavian Cooking

    Contrary to what many believes, Scandinavian cooking is special, exotic, particular, ethnic and diverse. The ingredients and traditions of Scandinavian cooking might surprise you, and we will in upcoming articles share our secrets with you. We suppose that when you grew up with certain tastes, seasonal specialities, and very fresh ingredients, it’s in your bones, and feels almost universal, but Sc...
  • 3 Shocking Reasons Why You’ll Love Norwegian Cuisine

    In Norway “dinner” is called “middag”, and for Norwegians the gathering around the dinner table was traditionally the most important time of the day. Few elements during the weekdays have so many positive values as gathering around a the...
  • Cycling through the Stockholm Countryside

    Explore the picturesque countryside in the Stockholm area by bike. Read our suggestion for a six day’s cycling tour in the beautiful region of Sörmland through pristine nature, passing lakes, wonderful views, manor and castles, and the deligh...
  • Norwegian Hydro Plant on the World Heritage List

    The legendary Second World War Hydro Plant in Rjukan, also known from the Hollywood film  'Heroes of the Telemark', starring Kirk Douglas, has now been enlisted on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The Vemork plant in Rjukan-Notodden was b...
  • More Comfort at Comfort Hotel Vesterbro Copenhagen

    Nordic Choice Hotels has completely renovated all 400 rooms at the Comfort Hotel Vesterbro. The hotel also have a new cocktail bar, restaurant and lobby. “Comfort Hotel Vesterbro has always had an absolutely fantastic potential with its loc...
  • 10 Years On Norwegian Roads

    The brown rooster, the sign symbolizing the term ‘rural tourism’, has been seen on Norwegian roads now for ten years. Rural tourism refers to accommodation and catering places, activities and farmers’ stores and freshwater fishing. ...
  • Tighter Immigrant Controls in Denmark

    The new center-right bloc’s foreign minister Kristian Jensen has travelled to Germany to meet his counterpart and discuss the new border arrangements. The new minority government in Copenhagen has acted immediately to appease an anti-immigr...
  • Only Filipina Who Has Reached the North Pole

    Led by the Norwegian Polar explorer Børge Ousland, Filipina Samelene Bernardo Pimentel settled for and reached the Top of the World. Børge Ousland, called  the “leading polar explorer of our time”, was last April leading a team of five...
  • Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

    Half an hour by train northwards from Copenhagen Central Station (Hovedbanegården) brings you to Humlebæk and the museum and sculpture park of modern art, Louisiana, which is virtually mirrored in the sea of Øresund.   &n...
  • Food on the Road in Norway

    More than 2.5 million tourists were touring Norwegian roads in 2013, and the number is increasing. “To us it’s important to make the driving esperience  as pleasant as possible,” says Per Lauritz Lien in Utvalgte spisesteder (Selected...
  • Stockholm: Flowers and cowboys

    The Swedish capital is blooming this summer.  A botanical art feast Beloved Blossoms goes on at Millesgården. Liljevalchs celebrates the ceramic innovator Hertha Hillfon and the women's group DNK has turned the art hall in Gustavsberg upside d...
  • The World’s Biggest Elk Statue – In Norway

    Halfway between the capital of Norway, Oslo and Trondheim, on route E3, you can now see a 10 meter tall Elk statue, 30 centimeter higher than its Canadian counterpart, Mac the Moose. The giant elk, created by Norwegian artist Linda Bakke, w...
  • Modern Age Scandinavia

    The world wars took their toll on the Scandinavian countries, but by the end of the 20th century they had emerged as sophisticated economic powers. The 20th century dawned with not only the union of Sweden and Norway on the rocks but also the special relationship between Finland and Russia. While breakaway Norway recruited Håkon VII, né Prince Carl of Denmark, as its first independent king for 600...
  • Largest Climbing Park in Scandinavia

    Do you fancy climbing in the trees on a 382 meters (418 yards) zip-line built into the beautiful natural terrain of Larvik, just a 90 minutes car ride from Oslo, the capital of Norway? At H&L Climbing Park (High & Low), you’re offered ...
  • Swedish Daniel Ek Competing Against Apple

    Last week Apple launched its streaming service in over 100 countries around the world. Daniel Ek, Swedish co-founder of Spotify, remains calm. In 1999 Daniel Ek wanted to create a universal jukebox, which would revolutionize the music industr...
  • Portrait of Teenage Celebrity Tavi Gevinson

    Tavi Gevinson was born  April 21, 1996 in Oak Park, Illinois. Her father Steven Gevinson is a retired English high school teacher and her mother, Berit Engen, is a weaver and part-time Hebrew instructor who grew up in Oslo, Norway. Tavi bega...
  • Reasonable Cabin Luxury for Rent in Oslo

    Do like some natives and rent an affordable cabin just outside the capital of Norway. Kystled Oslofjord (Oslo Fjord Coastline) is renting out overnight stays at cabins and houses, which no longer are in its original use. Are you adventurous? ...
  • Portrait of a Norwegian Architect Company

    The Norwegian architect company, Snøhetta, founded in 1987 by a group of building and landscape architects, embraced their two fields and created cohesion between buildings and landscapes. The best way to have an overview of their many prest...
  • World-class Norwegian App Maker

    Rudi Carlsen of Porsgrunn, Norway, was seventeen years old when he joined his military service with the signature from him mom.  The following year he started working as a part time sales representative, before planning to pick up on his studyi...
  • “King of the Web” Is From Sweden

    If you say «Felix Kjellberg» most people would say: Who? However, if you say “Pewdiepie” a lot of teenagers would scream: Where? Felix Kjellberg’s video game commentary channel has earned more than 35 million subscribers and has becom...
  • Scandinavian Historical Redesign

    Kjetil Fallan has edited a refreshing book called Scandinavian Design: Alternative histories. The book presents a radically new assessment, a corrective to the persistent mythologies and reductive accounts of Scandinavian design. Scandinavian...
  • Friends and Foes in Scandinavia

    One 19th-century development in Scandinavia was that Swedish, Danish and Norwegian historians could at last get together for a chat without coming to blows, and in this spirit Swedish and Danish university students took advantage of the atrociou...
  • Coffee Geeks from Norway

    Norwegian illustrators Lars Huse and Harald Johnsen Vøyle say they love the smell of coffee in the morning, not to mention the taste of freshly brewed coffee. Together they have created what has been described as ‘the first quasi-encyclopedia...
  • World Class Scandinavian Airports

    The World Airport Awards have four Scandinavian airports on their World's Top 100 Airports for 2015. Voted for by airline customers around the world during the 9-month survey period, these are the most prestigious accolades for the airport ind...
  • Go By Train In Norway

    Norway is a beautiful country. Why not see more of it from a train window? The views are among the most spectacular in the world, and prices are quite reasonable too. The national train company is called NSB. The prices are dependent on the route and what time of the day you want to go. Look for “Minipris” at their website. If you order at least one week before your departure, you have a better ...
  • Innovation in Copenhagen

    The city of Copenhagen has been named the most innovative city in Europe by Fast Company Magazine, and Denmark remains one of the world’s 10 most innovative countries. How can a capital in the Northern region foster climate friendly develop...
  • Four Best Camping Sites in Norway

    There are so many alternatives, both in summer and winter, so you might having trouble choosing the right camping site in Norway. You may prefer to try your luck fishing in the countless rivers, lakes and fjords, or perhaps your family prefers a...
  • Sounds of Scandinavia

    The differences are bigger than the similarities in these three very different recordings of Scandinavian Orchestras. From Denmark: Niccolo Castiglioni (1932-1996): La Buranella, Altisonanza, Salmo XIX Denmark Radio Syphony Orchestra/Giandrea Noseda (Chandos) The composer Niccolo Castiglioni is perhaps not as well-known as his Italian post-war colleagues Luciano Berio and Luigi Nono. If you don...
  • Norwegian Songwriters Conquer Asia

    Several Norwegian songwriters and production companies have succeeded in the Asian market. More than 4.5 million copies have been sold in the period 2013-2015. The group Girls’ Generation is for instance considered ten times bigger in Asia tha...
  • Star Food in Copenhagen

    Should you be unable to book a table at the world’s best restaurant, there are 15 Michelin star restaurants in Copenhagen. Here’s our guide to 11 of them. Geranium Per Henrik Lings Allé 4 Go to Fælledparken in the Østerbro area and...
  • Pop Art Design Exhibition in Oslo

    The Pop Art Design Exhibition takes place at the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter and explores the connections between art and design in a selection of hundreds of works by both designers and artists. Pop Art is widely regarded as the most significan...
  • Artist Talk in Stockholm

    World famous fashion photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh, opens the exhibition “Pretty Much Everything 2015” at Fotografiska in Stockholm today. Tonight visitors might hear the couple Inez & Vindooh telling their own story abou...
  • A Norwegian’s Passion for Design

    An humble Norwegian from the small island of Fogn, outside Stavanger, is one of the world’s most exciting designers. Per Ivar Selvaag studied transport design at the Royal College of Art in London, and has been lead designer for BMW as well as...
  • Michael Booth on Sweden

    Are the Swedes different from the Danes or the Norwegians? In his book «The Almost Nearly Perfect People» British author and journalist Michael Booth wonders what the Scandinavians really are like. Here are excerpts from his book, published by...
  • Positive Trend for Norwegian Salmon

    Norway exported salmon worth NOK 3.5 billion in May. This is the same value as in May 2014, according to analysis from the Norwegian Seafood Council. Salmon from Norway is in a class by itself among international consumers, according to the l...
  • Scandinavia’s Largest Waterpark

    Skara Sommarland is sandwiched approximately halfway between the other two big Swedish theme parks - Liseberg and Grona Lund. Grona Lund is owned by the same company as Skara Sommarland. This is Skara’s 31st season. Four million liters o...
  • Bjornson Prize to Edward Snowden

    Edward Snowden, the American whistleblower, gets the Bjornson Prize for his disclosures regarding governmental surveillance. Former security contractor Edward Snowden won the Norwegian Bjornson Prize for freedom of expression last Tuesday and...
  • Hospital of the Future in Denmark

    There will be room for healing in the new world-class hospital in North Zealand, designed by the internationally renowned Switzerland-based architects Herzog & de Meuron. Herzog & de Meuron is particularly known for designing the Olym...
  • Italian Passion – Norwegian Ingredients

    Well, the heading is not completely true. Italian passion, yes, but some of the ingredients were more exotic, like the olive oils and the chocolate beans. The private dining at Vin og Grønt was however a delicious and happy experience. ...
  • Nordic Cross Border Military Training

    Arctic Challenge Exercise 2015 is a cross border training between the Nordic neighbors. It evolved from a Swedish exercise, Nordic Air Meet in 2009. The training this year will be Europe’s largest jet exercise with more than 4,000 persons p...
  • Norwegian Rap Duo Madcon Hits the Charts

    “God Forgive Me” was the duo’s first single in 2000 (Virgin records), but their first commercial breakthrough was in 2002 with the hit single “Barcelona”. Television stars as well as hitmakers, Madcon enjoyed widespread popularity i...
  • The Great Scandinavian Exodus

    The 19th century witnessed a mass exodus of Scandinavians in search of a better life in the New World. “Potatoes, peace and vaccination” were blamed for a population explosion at home which contributed to an outflow of 300,000 Danes (18...
  • A+ Award to the Community Church in Knarvik, Norway

    Since its inception three years ago, the Architizer A+Awards has come to represent the very best architecture in the world. Reiulf Ramstad Architects, responsible for the Community Church in Knarvik north of Bergen was announced winners of Popul...
  • A Danish Flagship Museum

    On the outskirts of Aarhus, Denmark, surrounded by woods, the new Moesgaard Museum (MOMU), designed by the world famous Danish architects, Henning Larsen Architects (HLA), offers a new perspective on the role of the museum as a public space. ...
  • Norwegian crime author has succeeded again!

    A new novel by Norwegian crime fiction master Jo Nesbø is an electrifying thriller set in Oslo, Norway, in the 1970s. Blood on Snow is the story about Olav, “the fixer”, and Nesbø lets him introduce himself standing over the man he just...
  • The Eleven Prettiest Towns in Denmark

    Experience Denmark's picturesque small towns and walk through centuries of Danish history. Each has an unique charm and special atmosphere, away from the bustle of everyday life. Ribe, Denmark's oldest town, was recently voted Europe's Best ...
  • The Picturesque Coastal Town Lyngdal, Norway

    One hour drive from Kristiansand you arrive at Lyngdal in Southern Norway, where you may experience the real charm of this part of the country. This is an ideal stop for the whole family. In the center of Lyngdal you find Sørlandsbadet with ...
  • You Can Minimize Jet Lag in 9 Simple Ways

    Jet lag is a temporary disturbance to the body caused by air travel across time zones.  The result? Tiredness and other negative physical effects on the body until it can get back into a regular rhythm. So how can you beat it? Try...
  • The Norway Debate 75 Years Ago

    The Norway Debate, which began May 7, 1940 was a significant debate in the British House of Commons. It caused Neville Chamberlain to resign, and he was succeeded as Prime Minister by Winston Churchill. However, the real heroes of the Norw...
  • Swedish Police Officers Stopped Vicious Assault in New York Subway

    The call of duty stays strong, no matter where you are in the world, for four Swedish policemen on holiday in Big Apple. They made headlines in New York when they helped stop a flight on the subway. The four men, all in their twenties, were t...
  • Egoiste from Norway

    The 2011 Norway attacks conducted by a lone wolf terrorist on 22 July 2011 claimed a total of 77 lives. In his book «The Almost Nearly Perfect People» British author and journalist Michael Booth wonders what the Norwegians really are like. These are excerpts from his book, published by kind permission of the author. ‘Innocence ends when one is stripped of the delusion that one likes oneself.» ...
  • Fotografiska, Stockholm, Celebrates Its 5 Year Anniversary

    Five years ago, on May 21, Jan and Per Bromann opened Fotografiske in Stockholm. Their vision came true, and the five year celebration will go on for six whole days from May 21st! We are proud to present the program and a selected choice of phot...
  • Spotting Polar Bears in the Arctic

    Travel off the beaten path, or rather way off the beaten path, and experience some of the three thousand polar bears on the island of Svalbard in the Barents Sea. Svalbard is an island chain between Norway and the North Pole, well inside the ...
  • Bike Garage in the Center of Stockholm

    Swedish Belatchew Architects unveils innovative designs for Stockholm bike garage at Södra Station in the center of Stockholm. The project, still in the early stages, will cater for the city’s growing ranks of cyclists and will have parkin...
  • Norwegian-American Artist Represents Norway in Venice

    The Norwegian-American Artist Camille Norment has been commissioned by the Office of Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) to develop the project Rapture for the 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venzia. The exhibition opened on May 6, ...
  • Hotel Alexandra, Copenhagen – a Tribute to Danish Designers

    Enjoy interior designs from the 50’s and 60’s inspired by Danish designers. Choose between 22 newly renovated rooms inspired by among others Arne Jacobsen and Borge Mogensen. If you come to Copenhagen by air, just take the airport train t...
  • From Brass Band to Jazz – Music Festivals in Sweden

    Music lovers should be heading to an exciting festival summer in Sweden this year. Daily Scandinavian has compiled a list of some of the venues worth visiting. Read on. May Gröna Lund Venue: Stockholm May 7 throughout summer months W...
  • Edvard Munch in Paris and Oslo

    The Exhibition Van Gogh+Munch opened at the Munch Museum in Oslo last Saturday and will be open to visitors through 6 September. It’s a little sensation that nearly 40 van Gogh-images are exhibited in Scandinavia on loan from among others A...
  • The Least Attractive People in Sweden

    Sweden is by many considered to be a country inhabited by some of the most beautiful people in the world. The least attractive people in the country, however, come from the central town of Motala, according to a domestic dating website eDarling....
  • Norwegian-American Designer Peter Dundas Moves to Roberto Cavalli

    The Norwegian-American designer Peter Dundas (46) is appointed chief designer for the Italian luxury brand Roberto Cavalli. “My aim was never to stay at Emilio Pucci forever,” says the champion of hot-and-sexy good-time clothes. “It’s...
  • Linnaeus, The Swedish Plantsman

    Carolus Linnaeus (also known as Carl von Linné), the Swedish naturalist who devised the modern classification system for plants and animals, was one of the great scientists of 18th-century Scandinavia. Linnaeus, the Swedish plantsman, was bo...
  • Norwegian Movie about Fictional Pirate, Captain Sabertooth, Now Sold In More Than 100 Countries

    The movie Captain Sabertooth and the Treasure of Lama Rama has according to IMDB so far brought in US$7m at the box office. 25 years have passed since author and songwriter Terje Formoe performed his first stage play about his fictional pir...
  • Denmark has the Highest Rate of Caesarian Births in Scandinavia

    The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that almost one in five babies born in Denmark is delivered via Caesarian. Denmark has the Highest Rate of Caesarian Births in Scandinavia. Norway and Sweden have slightly lower C-section birth rat...
  • Scenes from the Second World War

    Two exhibitions in Oslo lately, have focused on presenting Norwegian painters and their images of the World Wars. One was in Kunstnernes Hus (Artists’ House) named ‘Shadows of War’, and more recently the exhibition ‘Scenes from the Secon...
  • Louise Bourgeois Exhibition in Stockholm

    The art of French-American sculptor Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) is exhibited at Moderna Museet in Stockholm until May 17. I Have Been to Hell and Back is a major survey of Bourgeois’ oeuvre and, with more than 100 works, it is the largest e...
  • Cabin Norderhov From Atelier Oslo

    In Krokskogen, just outside the town of Hønefoss, on a steep slow with fantastic view over the lake Steinsfjorden, you’ll find Cabin Norderhov designed by Atelier Oslo. Cabin Norderhov from Atelier Oslo is located in Krokskogen forests, ...
  • Stockholm for Antique Lovers

    Today we offer tips on hot spots in Stockholm for antique lovers. Johan Sjöström Antik Johan Sjöström is an atique deaker who mixes ‘real’ antiques with contemporary design. There is something here for everyone. A fresh, personal mix...
  • Will the World’s Next-Generation Rechargeable Batteries Come From Norway?

    Fride Vullum-Breuer and her team at NTNU in Trondheim hope so. Together with SINTEF they work on creating a better battery with industry partners like Elkem, Rana Gruber AS, Sydvaranger Gruver AS and Norwegian Crystallities. Will the world’...
  • Russia Wins Finland

    Russia changed sides and was sitting with the victors when reparations were decided after the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Russia was allowed to keep Finland; Norway was detached from Denmark and handed to Sweden, albeit not as a colony but as a supposed equal in a union under common crown. The king in question was a curious choice: Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte was French and not only a fo...
  • Norwegian Pop Group a-ha is Back!

    Last month at a press conference in Berlin, a-ha announced a reunion.  The group has produced their 10th studio album, ‘Cast in Steel’ and will make a tour next year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCX_hnqnRBQ The pop group a-ha was ...
  • The Best of Bergman

    Daily Scandinavian has compiled a playlist of the best Ingmar Bergman movies. It may contain some goodies that you have missed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQD7fLzQ9Qg Have you heard about the much adored Swedish director Ingmar Bergman? Have you seen any of his films? If your answer is ‘no’, then we recommend you to procure a copy of The Communicants from 1963. The Seventh Seal from  1957...
  • Cuong Diep from Norway is the Rappers’ Bling-Bling-King

    Cuing Diep from Moss, Norway, went to USA to study chemistry in 1999. He became THE designer of jewelry to the hip-hop celebrities. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xB8rWszdPBk The company King Ice was founded by Cuong Diep and Derek Belay ...
  • Danish Bacon

    Today the Danes are the world’s leading pork butchers, slaughtering over 28 million pigs a year and agriculture represents over five per cent of the country’s total exports. In his book «The Almost Nearly Perfect People» British author and journalist Michael Booth unveils astounding facts about the Danes. These are excerpts from his book, published by kind permission of the author. ...
  • French Designer Inga Sempé’s Love Affair with Norwegian Wool

    French designer Inga Sempé has created several ranges of luxurious woolen blankets for the renowned Norwegian textile brand Røros Tweed. Her latest design is called Giboulée, which is the French word for the strong March rain in France. ...
  • Michelin Star Restaurants in Scandinavia

    No restaurants in Scandinavia have three stars. That may be due to Michelin’s old fashioned rating system – or lack of visiting the region. Here we present the updated Scandinavian entries oif Michelin star restaurants in Scandinavia – and...
  • Norwegian National Tourist Route Geiranger-Trollstigen

    You may choose from 18 Norwegian National Tourist Routes. If this is the first time you go by car in Norway, we recommend the 196 km (122 miles) route from Geiranger to Trollstigen with world-class architectural viewing points blending seamlessl...
  • Doing Business in Sweden

    So you’ve decided to do business in Sweden! That’s a wise decision. This article focuses on how to best do business in Sweden and how to avoid small missteps. The article is broken down into four areas, “Country Background”, “Business ...
  • A Literary Masterpiece About the 22nd July Massacre in Norway

    Norwegian Author Asne Seierstad is praised in international media for her latest book, “One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway”. Media all over the world call it an astonishing work. One critic even compare it to t...
  • Gastronomic Fanoe in Denmark

    On the Danish West-coast you may experience a new springtime with the best oysters, the best beer and the best ham. And: ‘We have the best women’ according to Jesper Voss, Fanoe-guide. Fanoe is a small island south-west in Denmark. On Fan...
  • July 22nd Memorial in Oslo

    Four years ago, in July 2011, Norway was struck by terrorist attacks that mark one of the darkest days in modern Norwegian history. On July 22nd 2015 a Memorial and Information center will open in the renovated tower building which was destr...
  • Battle On Ice

    A larger-than-life character, Kristian IV (1577-1648) was on the Danish throne for 52 years, building palaces and towns, turning Copenhagen into an important European capital, trebling the size of the navy, and sending explorers to investigate the possibility of a northwest passage to Asia. He took an avuncular interest in Norway, renaming Oslo after himself (“Kristiania”), but never managed to...
  • Picturesque Norway

    Last December the website WhereCoolThingsHappen published a picture story titled «27 Reasons Why You Must Visit Norway in 2015”. “Wondering why you should visit Norway?” the editors asked. Norway is a once in a lifetime destination and probably one of the most stunning landscapes in the world,  truly spectacular nature with mountains plunging into the sea from hundreds of meters, fjords, tal...
  • Europe’s Gateway to Space

    More than 100 kilometers above the Arctic Circle, in the land of the midnight sun and the Northern lights, Spaceport Sweden aims to change the way people relate to their planet and the universe beyond. https://youtu.be/fES_mAbdzro Spacepor...
  • William Buick – the Conqueror

    Jockey William Buick from Oslo has assignments for the Sheik of Dubai, the Queen of England, Arséne Wenger and the musical king Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, has swooped to recruit the jockeys William Buick fo...
  • H. C. Andersen Fairytale Book Containing Handmade Danish Chocolate for Chinese Consumers

    “Our mission is to give the Chinese consumers a chance to get to know H. C. Andersen and Denmark a little bit better, “ says Morten Klæstrup, chief operating officer in Fairytale Company of Denmark. The gift giving culture in China is powe...
  • Karl Ove Knausgaard Travels Through North America

    Karl Ove Knausgaard adorned the front page of the New York Times Sunday Magazine’s 1st March issue. In addition to the front page image, first part of his essay “My Saga – On the trail of the first Europeans” was published on 13 page...
  • Veggie Mania in Scandinavia

    Thousands have become vegetarians…Why not you? It’s no surprise that Vegetariaism has become increasingly popular over the years. The health benefits include: reduced risk of disease, weight loss, longer life span, stronger bones, increas...
  • Good Terrace Living

    The Swedish furniture design company Fri Form offers exclusive Swedish designed terrace furniture that will last for generations. The foundation of Fri Form is Elsa Stackelberg's simple and elegant designs from the early sixties. In 1960 Berndt Wolter Stackelberg married his second wife Elsa Juliane Lund, whose family fled from Norway to Sweden during W.W.II. Elsa Stackelberg, educated at the Oslo Ac...
  • Best Beer in Scandinavia

    Two Danish Brewers are among the World’s Top Ten. Reviews taken last year and weighted by performance within and outside of style and balanced by indicators of depth, show that two Danish brewers are among the top ten performing of more than 1...
  • Buy a Viking Long-ship

    After touring a museum, what do you think is the best gift shop souvenir to commemorate your visit? A post card? A magnet? The online gift shop for the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Denmark, has got something far more appropriate: an actual Viking boat to stage your own conquests. The Viking Ship Museum is now offering the public the chance to buy a Viking longboat via its online shop. Nord...
  • Norwegian Animated Characters Popular in France

    The small town of Flåklypa is experiencing great lack of snow. The inventor Reodor Felgen is asked to create a snow machine. However, things do not go as planned. The main characters, Solan and Ludvig, are popular in France. About 154,000 Fr...
  • Michael Booth On Scandinavia

    When journalist and author Michael Booth moved to Denmark ten years ago, he wondered what the Scandinavian people was like. Was it a homogenous group of people? It had recently been ranked as the happiest people in the world. Was it true and is ...
  • The Norwegian Viking Fairhair Dynasti

    The Fairhair dynasty (Hårfagreætta) was a family of kings founded by Harald I of Norway which united and ruled Norway with few interruptions from the latter half of the 9th century to 1387 (traditional view), or through only three generat...
  • A Mark Wahlberg Portrait

    From teen pop idol to respected Hollywood producer, American actor and producer Mark Wahlberg, born 1971, had troubles early in his life. With the film “Contraband”, which he produced and starred in, he sort of revisited his criminal past. ...
  • Opera to the People

    If you’re in Oslo during the seasons February through April and September through November, you may enjoy quality opera performances every Saturday for just about 13 USD. Opera to the People is now in its 13th year, having rented the stage on the second floor of the old Oslo City Hall which dates back to 1641. Performances are mostly by students from the Oslo Opera College and freelance singers, ...
  • Mirror House in Copenhagen – From Graffiti-Plagued Playground to Inviting Pavilion

    The Mirror House in Copenhagen used to be covered in graffiti. Danish-American architects MLRP, has transformed an existing graffiti-plagued playground to an inviting and reflective pavilion as part of the new Interactive Playground Project in C...
  • Doing Business in Norway

    So you’ve decided to do business in Norway! That’s a wise decision. This article focuses on how to best do business in Norway and how to avoid small missteps. The article is broken down into four areas, “Country Background”, “Business ...
  • Swedish woman denied Sainsbury’s Nectar card because of her ‘rude’ first name

    A Swedish woman living in London was denied a store card when she registered for it online because her first name is considered a rude word for vagina in the UK. Having a name with sexual connotations may make you the unwilling target of snig...
  • Surfing in Norway

    From Jæren in the south to the Lofoten Islands in the north, Norway is an exciting, relatively undiscovered surf destination. Not for long. Norway is an increasingly popular ‘cold water’ surf destination. Consistent swell, fantastic scenery and pristine waters mean Norway is attracting more and more surfers, many of whom coming here in the hope of finding undiscovered waves and breaks alon...
  • Dog Sled Vacations in Sweden

    WARNING: Must Love Dogs... Doggie drool. It's slimy, smelly and disgusting! But if you LOVE dogs (or men for that matter)...well... you learn to live with it. And if you really love dogs, you've GOT to check out...  ... dog sled vacations! ...
  • A Norwegian Furniture Design Icon

    In this article we present snapshots of Sven Ivar Dysthe’s most prominent designs and innovations in industrial design , including his furniture for use in private houses as well as in public buildings,  hotels and companies. This is a homag...
  • Love and Relationships in Scandinavia

    The myth about «free Scandinavian love» - is it true or false? Is the institution of marriage disappearing? “Marriage is slowly dying in Scandinavia,” wrote the Weekly Standard, as early as 2004. “Same-sex marriage has undermined the ...
  • Norwegian Screenwriter Wrote Script for Wim Wenders

    Last month Wim Wenders won a honoray Golden Bear at the Berlin Fim Festival – the script was written by Norwegian screenwriter Bjørn Olaf Johannessen. Norwegian screenwriter Bjørn Olaf Johannessen made his debut with the stage play Silkema...
  • Stockholm Bloodbath

    After more than one trial separation Denmark and Sweden were together again under the Danish king Kristian II (1841-1559). Anti-Danish feeling was growing apace in Sweden when the Swedish assembly voted to burn the fortress of the Archbishop of Sweden, a pro-Dane, Gustav Trolle. In the event Trolle was merely imprisoned, but in 1520 the Papal Court excommunicated the Swedish regent, Sten Sture the Yo...
  • Spectacular Driving in Norway

    Norway is a spectacular driving location with a number of scenic drives, but it is important to keep headlights on all the time and observe speed limits. A scary example of wild driving in Norway is the Lithuanian truck driver’s overhaul, show...
  • Getting To “Yes” In Northern Sweden

    All it takes is a sharp intake of breath through pursed lips, a tradition that has been described as the world’s strangest way to indicate the affirmative. A simple “ja” does it in other parts of the Scandinavian country, but people from u...
  • One of the World’s Best Public Toilets

    According to DesignCurial, Akkarvikodden rest stop in Lofoten, Norway, is on the Top 10 list of the world’s best public toilets. Designed by Manthey Kula Architects the rest stop in Lofoten is built to replace a toilet that had been blown off...
  • ‘Rocket Man’ Plays at Tivoli, Copenhagen in July

    With 250 million records sold worldwide, Sir Elton John is one of the biggest and most successful solo artists ever. Over five decades, he has played more than 3,500 concerts in 80 countries and with his touching version of Candle in the Wind (...
  • Munch’s «Scream» to Paris

    «Keys to a Passion» is an exhibition in Paris, in which French and international art audience may experience Edvard Munch and other modern art’s highlights. After thirteen years in construction, the Louis Vuitton art and cultural center in ...
  • A Scheming Danish Queen

    Margrethe I, who had married in 1363, at the age of 10 and given birth to Oluf at 17, knew what she was doing. With Denmark under Oluf’s little belt and the Norwegian crown bound to follow in due course, she encouraged him to think of himself...
  • Spaces of Knowledge

    The German photographer Candida Hoefer (born 1944) is often connected to magnificent interior images from historical buildings, libraries, national archives and theatres. Now she exhibits some of her works at Gallery K in Oslo. Hoefer’s first solo exhibition was in 1975 at the Konrad Fisher Galerie in Duisseldorf. Since then, Hoefer has had solo exhibitions in museums throughiut Europe and the Unit...
  • The Nearly Almost Perfect People

     When the British journalist and author Michael Booth, living in Copenhagen, read that Scandinavian people had been anointed the happiest people in the world in  the so-called “Satisfaction with Life Index”,  he was intrigued to find the ...
  • The World’s Coolest Passport?

    The Oslo based design company Neue has created a modern, bold passport design and ID concept for Norway. Perhaps the world’s coolest passport, according to the British paper the Telegraph. A competition to redesign the Norwegian passport has...
  • Huge Outdoor Waterpark and 500 New Summerhouses in Jutland by 2020?

    Local authorities in Jutland, Denmark have proposed developing the largest waterpark in Northern Europe. Sondervig Feriepark (Holiday Park) is estimated to cost approximately one billion kroner (143 million dollars) and employ 1,000 workers by...
  • A French Love Affair

    17 years old Monica Fürst was sent to language school in Nice, France. That was the beginning of her lifelong relationship with France. After finishing high school she studied French and art history at the Sorbonne University in Paris. The Norwegian painter Monica Furst has had a studio and apartment in Nice the past seven years, and now she exhibits her paintings in Oslo, illustrating the difference...
  • Salus Per Aqua – Health Through Water

    The Swedish Ice Castles have been the scene of sins and orgies, burned and blown away, and torn and rotted at root. Today though, the Swedish cold baths are filled again with naked bodies and a belief in the future. West coast storms have devas...
  • Plans Revealed For Floating Snowflake Hotel In Norway

    Norway will soon have the world’s first floating snowflake hotel. Dutch Docklands is currently working on a project of a floating 5-star hotel in Norway in one of the most beautiful natural surroundings on earth. So this new floating hotel ...
  • Letter to the Editor

    “Scandinavia...actually consists of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden!” wrote a lady, working in an agency named Lila Travelpartners, to us some weeks ago. The mail continued: “Dear editors, Times of 3 country Scnadinavia are definitely over... The world has shrunk.. After working 30 plus years sending Americasns et all to all over. The Scsndinavian tourist bureau comprised all 5 c...
  • Oslo -The Best Coffee City in Europe?

    Oslo, Norway, is reinventing coffee in a very good way. That’s one of the reasons USA Today ranked Oslo as one of the ten top coffee cities in the world. The signature roast in Oslo is exceptionally light, resulting in an unusual flavor that,...
  • Sweden Annexes Finland

    Erik I of Sweden did his crusader service among the Finns during the 12th century, marking the start of Sweden’s 700-year annexation of Finland and Erik’s climb to the status of his country’s patron saint. The skull and crown of Swedish 12th century King Erik Jedvardsson, called Erik the Saint But aggrandizement was all too easily reversed, as occurred in Denmark on Valdemar II’s exit. “T...
  • Shadows of War

    The summer of 2014 was the 100th anniversary of the first shots fired in Sarajevo.  In art history World War I marks the transition from a hero worshipping war iconography to the metastasizing of human war-sufferings and its meaninglessness. The avant-garde and tendency art that followed in the wake of that war was keenly felt in Norway. The exhibition Shadows of War, Political art in Norway 1914-201...
  • Bella Donna – Danish Hospitality Giant Partners with Marriot International To Expand Footprint

    Bella Sky Hotel joins Marriott International’s AC Hotels by Marriott brand. Solstra acquires Copenhagen Marriott Hotel, creating one of Denmark’s largest operators in the hotel, conference and hospitality industry. Solstra, majority owner...
  • Aula Medica – The Pulpit

    Aula Medica, the lecture hall complex in Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute , with its 1,000-seat auditorium, was offiucially opened last summer. It enables the university to arrange major public events, such as the Nobel lectures, which attract...
  • Malala and Kailash – Winners at the Oslo Peace Center

    Record number of people visited the Malala and Kailash Exhibition at the Oslo Peace Center. 227,322 people visited the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo during 2014. It is the best visitor figure for the Peace Center since its opening in 2005. Espec...
  • Picture This: Herb Ritts at Fotografiska, Stockholm

    Herb Ritts was one of the world’s most sought-after fashion photographers. With his powerful imagery he also developed into a popular portrait composer, getting models and artists to reveal their true selves. The Exhibition “In Full Light”...
  • Porsgrunn on the architectural map

    The new Porsgrunn Maritime Museum and Exploratorium is situated in the Norwegian town of Porsgrunn, 100 km south west of Oslo. It will tell the story of the town’s dock yard industry and its maritime history, which has employed thousands of pe...
  • Converting the Heathens

    Denmark’s particular difficulty in the 11th century was not fragmentation but a succession of kings so ineffectual (e.g. “Harald the Hen”) that several were simply taken out to sea and drowned. In Sweden, the throne bobbed between two dyn...
  • Discover Norway’s Best Water Show!

    Every six hour over 400,000,000 cubic meters (520,000,000 cu yd) of sea water forces its way through a three kilometer (1.9 mi) long and 150-metre (490 ft) wide strait, with water speeds reaching 22 knots (41 km/h, 25 mph) in and out of the Salt...
  • When Signs Go “Bad”

    Inaccurate translations happen everywhere. Scandinavians are known for their good command of the English language, but very often they speak it with a funny dialect. Today we welcome you to take a moment to share a laugh. Have a laugh while studying signs go "bad" Cocktail lounge, Norway: Ladies are Requested Not to have Children in the Bar At a Budapest zoo: PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS. If you ...
  • Norwegian Ways

    When the last ice age finally backed off ten thousand years ago, the human population were more than happy to wave goodbye to snow and ice. But of course there were freaks in the Stone Age, too. The first Norwegians were the ones who actually followed the glaciers back north. That’s right. These anomalities became ancestors to the modern Norwegians, and the gene for madness is what separates Norwegia...
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