The Tomten

The tomte is an essential part of Scandinavian folklore.  He’s a little gnome of sorts, dedicated to one home or farm,  looking out for...

The Saga of the Volsungs

Sagas are stories mostly about ancient Nordic history, about early Viking voyages, the battles that took place during the voyages, about migration to Iceland...
Danish Designer Receives Swedish Award

Danish Designer Receives Swedish Award

The Danish designer Margrethe Odgaard (b. 1978) is 2016 year’s recipient of the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize. In connection to the award ceremony, Margrethe Odgaard is...
Sweden’s Latest Hit Novel

Sweden’s Latest Hit Novel

In ‘A Man Called Ove”, a bestselling and delightfully quirky debut novel from Swedish author Fredrik Backman, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his...

Swedish Prize Winner Shooting a Follow-Up

Swedish film director Ruben Ostlund is now shooting a provocative satire, a follow-up to his Cannes hit “Force Majeure” (2014). His sixth feature looks...

World’s Best Photographic Museum

On only six years after Fotografiska in Stockholm was established by Jan Bromann and his brother Per six years ago, the museum is considered...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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